At 24 and living in Buenos Aires, a bustling city of 14 million people, I made a life-changing decision. I left behind my career in marketing to embark on an incredible adventure. Meet Clarita, my trusty companion, a vintage Volkswagen ‘hippie’ van named after my younger sister. Together, we are on a mission to explore the world, one delicious sandwich at a time.
A Journey of Discovery
From the southern tip of the Americas in Tierra Del Fuego to the far-reaching landscapes of Alaska, I am journeying from South to North, soaking in the diverse cultures and breathtaking sights along the way. My path has been anything but ordinary, as I’ve traversed various countries, working different jobs to fund my expedition.
From Tables to Tools
I’ve worn many hats in my pursuit of this unconventional dream. From waiting tables at restaurants to toiling on construction sites and fixing cars, I’ve embraced every opportunity to earn a living. Yet, it was during the World Cup in Rio that I stumbled upon an unexpected twist in my journey.
The Birth of a Food Truck
A year ago, I transformed Clarita into a food truck. Now, I find myself serving up mouthwatering “lomitos,” Argentinian steak sandwiches infused with the flavors of local liquors such as Fernet in Argentina and Paraguay, Pisco in Peru, and Singani in Bolivia. Am I a trained chef? Far from it. But in my quest to survive and keep moving, I’ve learned to adapt and create culinary delights that capture the essence of each destination.
Breaking Free from Routine
Beyond the delectable sandwiches, traveling has gifted me with a newfound sense of freedom. Back home, it often feels like our lives are trapped within a closed circle. We visit the same places, interact with the same people, and engage in repetitive conversations. However, when we venture out into the world, we open ourselves up to an array of unique individuals from a variety of backgrounds, professions, religions, and social classes. It’s in these encounters that we forge unexpected connections with people we wouldn’t have had the chance to meet in our home countries.
An Ode to People
As I’ve traversed over 12,000 miles and explored eight countries in South America, I’ve come to a profound realization – it’s all about the people we meet on our journey. The breathtaking landscapes, the various jobs I’ve taken on, and the incredible food I’ve tasted are all enhanced by the friendships I’ve formed along the way.
My ultimate goal is still Alaska, but the battle between the businessman and the freeman within me continues. There are moments when surrendering feels easier, but the allure of the unknown propels me forward. With each step, I embrace the uncertainty, knowing that the path I’ve chosen has the power to shape me in unexpected ways.
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Via Franco Paltrinieri