The soldier had the look of a bulldog. He rested his
arm on the dented, scratched automatic weapon
strapped across his chest and drummed his chubby
fingers on the barrel. He barked abruptly in
Spanish, "You have crossed the bridge and must
pay the toll," as he reached back for a tattered
receipt book from the waist of his jungle-green
camouflage pants. click here>>
The green shrub-covered peaks disappeared
among the morning haze as the road weaved
along the valley floor through steep coffee
plantations. An old man riding on a cart with his
young grandson plodded along at the pace of his
slow moving burro and blocked trucks from
passing. click here>>
"They're in the cabinet above the back seat. Get
them out and I'll do it when I come back," Amanda
said just before marching toward the restroom.
The foaming rapids of the White Nile had a
mesmerizing effect and I sat watching them in
silent defiance of her bossiness. The van rested
on a small mound in an open grassy field
overlooking the source of the Nile where the river
meets Lake Victoria at Jinja, Uganda. click
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This is the story of a Latin woman, her gringo husband,
and the whole wide world.
Amanda & Richard Ligato decided to leave their
hum-drum everyday routine and set out beyond their
world where life felt a little too guaranteed, insured,
and sealed for their own protection.
Leaving behind all the mind numbing comforts of home
and the security of the familiar they embarked on a
three year overland trip in their 1970's hippie-van with
the goal of discovering first-hand how others find joy in
The experience changed them forever.
Upon completing their expedition the couple settled in
Southern Africa where they compiled a book
chronicling their most outrageous travel tales and the
lessons learned on this incredible journey.
The new authors have just released their book,
Wide-Eyed Wanderers, A Befuddling Journey From
the Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America and
With the lessons from the road in their rucksacks the
Ligatos continue to avoid falling back into the rut of
everyday life. They are planning a new journey, one
that involves an even simpler mode of travel, two
wheels, no motor, and complete exposure.
|Imagine...You quit your job...
And leave your comfortable house...
along with your predictable life...
The Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
|A Befuddling Journey
From The Rat Race to the
Roads of Latin America & Africa
|Check out their year-long adventure
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