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Saturday 08 May 2010

John McCarthy asks travel writer Michael Jacobs about the journey he made down the Andes from Venezuela to Patagonia. Michael reveals how a bus trip can turn into a test of nerves and what happened when he went to visit the last speaker of a native language in Patagonia.

John also talks to Roz Strickland who worked as a volunteer in an orphanage in Rwanda and thinks that the country is unfairly characterised as simply about gorillas and genocide. She thinks there is a lot more to it than that - not least the friendliness of the people once viciously divided. It could be the basis of attracting the visitors Rwanda crucially needs.

  • Michael Jacobs

    Michael Jacobs is a full time writer and translator Spanish and Argentinean plays. For his latest journey he travelled from Caracas in Venezuela down the line of the Andes through the southwest of Venezuela, via Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, down to the oddly named Puerto Williams in Patagonia at the tip of South America. Michael’s latest book entitled Andes is an account of his own journey but also follows in the footsteps of some figures in South American history such as Humboldt and Bolivar.

    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 1847081290
    ISBN-13: 978-1847081292

    Ghost Train Through the Andes
    Publisher: John Murray
    ISBN-10: 0719561817
    ISBN-13: 978-0719561818

  • Roz Strickland

    Roz Strickland works as a volunteer in clearing house for volunteers. She had travelled widely and visited a number of African countries before she went to Rwanda in 2008 initially for 6 weeks to work in an orphanage but extended her stay for another 3 months and then signed on for another year. Roz was struck by the people she met and their enthusiasm and curiosity, their customs. She talks about the way the country is rebuilding itself after the genocide of 16 years ago and why more people should visit the country.

    Amahoro Integrated Development Program (AIDP)
    PO Box 124
    Nyakinama St
    Office phone:+ 250 (0) 788 970 505

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