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Old 11-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by arjones View Post
Dear Jack and Valentino,

First, as usual, I was catch by your RR because of the trip itself. I'm from Brasil and, well, it's about going S.A. so I always enjoy to see the american adv rider's point of view about things here. And obvious, as with most of adventurers, it's a very good opportunity to see great pics.

I must confess I wasn't up to date in your RR, since time wasn't on my side the last couple of weeks. But, just right now, as I finished your post #49, I realized that I can't miss any of your updates.

You see, I'm a History teacher (with an unfinished business here as my own RR isn't complete - for lack of time and enthusiasm) and your post #49 touched me deeply. I have those two books as the most important reading back when I was a college student. You chose wisely. And you gonna see things way more understandable (am I say it correctly?) because of Galeano's book. Most people think our problems are from our recent history but, as you will see, they have their roots deep in our colonial past and to fix 500 years of trouble, well, it's not an easy task.

Thank you, so much, for taking us along. I'm looking for the next post and be sure that if you come all the way to Brasil I'll be grateful to help you and show you parts of my country.

Safe travels,


Thanks for tagging along Arjones

It is our responsibility to learn, at the very least make an attempt to comprehend why things are the way they are. How Neo-Liberalism is just the extended arm of 400 hundred years of exploitation. That before Sept 11, 2001, there was Sept 11, 1973. As such we can hope that our Latin hosts see us for who we are and not simply the extension of the politics of the land we live in.

I must make a note about the fact that we are not American, Canadian maybe and again not so much...

“The history of interactions among disparate peoples is what shaped the modern world through conquest, epidemics and genocide. Those collisions created reverberations that have still not died down after many centuries, and that are actively continuing in some of the world's most troubled areas.”

― Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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