Trip Planning and Preparation (Part 2)

This is a continuation on my first post about trip planning and preparation.

Reading List

It turns out that the best airfare deal I was able to come up with sets me up to do a lot of solo travel. Between air-time, connections, layovers and all that jazz I am looking at about 48 hours of round-trip traveling. Some great books will make that time pass by faster, though I want to avoid getting so caught up in the books that I miss out on some great experiences.

While it may be a bit of a cliché, I have a bit of a theme for the books I’ve chosen so far. The theme is something along the lines of “Traveling and how it changes you”. The first book on my list, is The Motorcycle Diaries. The book is about Che Guevara’s travels through South America during his youth and the ways that it changed his view of poverty and the “South American” way of life. His itinerary is one that I would love to one day imitate.
While The Motorcycle Diaries follows the story of a man traveling throughout South America, Into The Wild follows a man traveling throughout North America. Watching the movie and doing some research on Christopher McCandless, I’ve really fallen in love with his story of adventure and tragedy.

I would like to bring two more paper-backs though I am not sure which ones. Suggestions would be most welcome! I would like to pick two more books that fit my little theme, though I would be happy to venture off the theme for a strong recommendation.

See Part 1 of this post in Trip Planning and Preparation (Part 1)

This entry is part of a series of posts on my trip to Southeast Asia in August of 2008. You can see all of the posts in this series the post: A look back to my trip to Southeast Asia.

Further Reading

Link: Che Guevara

A Misunderstood Character

I guess perception is everything, either that, or some people are just plain ignorant. Possibly a combination of both. Someone today mentioned to me something that hit a nerve, somewhere deep inside the fabric of my moral matter, and as usual, i did keep my cool and went about it professionally, and decided to post here about it.

The topic in question is Che Guevara, the person and what he stood for. Specifically, what gets to me is how people are so quick to connect Che Guevara with communist dictatorship and all the evils that come with the governments that wave “red flags”.

The person, who so innocently threw a wrench into the inner workings of my ideals, had very recently watched “The Motorcycle Diaries”, which, in my humble opinion, does a very good job at taking Che the person away from everything that he is so commonly associated with, which makes me wonder even more – that the preconceived thoughts and ideas about said subject were so great that the mind was closed to any new ideas.

To me, Che IS a great man. He wanted to see not only the people of his own country, and not only people of his own continent, but everyone be free from oppression and have freedoms and he wanted people to be treated equally. Jesus fucking Christ, this is what the great American Revolutionaries wanted. They fought back from oppression and for freedom. You put Che and Jefferson in the same room and you would see that they agree that people should have freedoms, people should not be oppressed and that people should be treated equally. Where they would differ is in economic principals.