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A Moreno on a Gringo Trail in South America (with Photographs) [Kindle Edition]

Moin Ahsan
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Book Description

This is the story of my backpacking journey through Easter Island, Chile, Argentina and Peru. It was a physical, emotional as well as a journey to better understand this world. I was an Indian looking man originally from Bangladesh, a Muslim, now an Australian citizen living in Australia - travelling solo through exotic landscape and people of South America, where most travelers and backpackers were white Westerners. I was travelling in the shadow of the post September 11 era, when the world and people’s attitude supposed to have changed – with it’s memories still very fresh and raw in most people’s mind.

This is not a mere travelogue: it contains interesting aspects of the places I went through; brief history of archeological sites I visited; unique, scintillating and often very humorous stories of fellow backpackers; interesting conversations with people I came across; and my reflections and thoughts provoked by those amazing people and places.

I followed a very long trail, starting from the most desolate yet one of the most mystique places on the earth; Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it’s indigenous people call it. Then: through Santiago and Pucon and it’s surrounding areas in Chile; crossing Andes by bus to Bariloche in Argentina; sailing back through lakes in Andes to Puerto Montt in Chile; sailing through fjords in southern Chile to Puerto Natales; trekking in world famous Torres Del Paine National Park; then through Punta Arenas, Mage lanes, Terra Del Fuego to Ushuaia along the Beagle Channel in Argentina; Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires, Iguazu falls, Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes, and Mendoza in Argentina; Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac ruins, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Agua Caliente, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca in Peru; and finally ending my journey in Buenos Aires.

For me, it was a journey of a lifetime – probably the happiest and most momentous time in my life – living a dream. The dream was instilled in me in my early twenties, when I read “Che-Guevara’s Motor Cycle Diary through South America”. Later, for many years, I planned and re-planned – this was the truncated dream realised many years later - I covered most part of Che’s trail through Chile and Argentina, along with many additional places in those two countries and Peru, but unfortunately I ran out of time for Bolivia.

In describing details of the historic and archaeological sites, particularly those of Easter Island and the Inca valley in Peru, I had to heavily rely on the guide books and other information.

During my trip, while referring to me, South Americans often used the word 'Moreno’ (brown). The route I followed through Chile, Argentina and Peru are generally frequented by English speaking white travelers, who are colloquially called 'Gringo' by the Spanish speaking South Americans. Hence the title of my book –

A Moreno on a Gringo Trail in South America

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  • File Size: 3957 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037CF18E
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing January 29, 2010
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I was completely absorbed reading Moin Ahsan's backpacking experience in South America. There is something about his narration that made me spellbound until I finished reading. It was narrated in such an ease that I became part of the journey. The journey came to life because of the his emotional attachment with Che-Guevera's diary as mentioned in the Foreword. Excellent work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant journey with a very pleasant author February 17, 2012
By Alina
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I agree with a previous reviewer who says that this reads more like a blog than a book, due to the fact that the book was constructed from the author's communiques back home. One of the strengths of the book is its current and fresh feel as you're carried along the journey not knowing what you might encounter next.

This book would be extremely useful for anyone planning to follow the gringo trail and, for the rest of us who can only dream rather than plan, I found the author's observations interesting, informative, engaging, sometimes moving, and a good evocation of the budget travel experience of moving around and meeting people and sometimes encountering the unexpected. The author comes across as a very genuine person with boundless curiosity about the people he meets and the places that he's visited.

This book will not win any awards for great literature but I found it a very relaxing read that I looked forward to getting back to. Photos are also included that, even on kindle, give you an idea of the grandeur that he saw. As one Australian to another all I can say to the author is - onya, mate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is July 17, 2011
By Manish
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I am interested in travelling to Chile and Argentina. Therefore, When I saw the a book by a Bangladeshi Australian travelling through those countries, I had to get it. Being Indian-Australian myself, I wanted to know how I am likely to be treated. The author does a great job of describing the landscape and features of South America including prices for things(though they may not be relevant for today). I made my mind that Argentina atleast is a great place to travel on a tight budget(using buses)

However, I think this is more of a blog than a book. Its great for the job it does. I will recommend it to anyone travelling to Chile and Argentina.
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I was born in Bangladesh. I spent most of my childhood and the formative years in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Though I was too young or not brave enough to directly participate in the liberation war of Bangladesh, like most Bangladeshis, I experienced the war from a close quarter. The war left an indelible mark on my young but very politically conscious mind.

After finshing school I got admitted in the Merchant Marine Academy in Bangladesh to be trained as a career Marine Engineer to serve in merchant ships. I chose that profession more to pursue my childhood dream to "travel and see the world". Though as a first choice I wanted to become a journalist. However, In the post liberation Bangladesh there were not many opportunities. After graduating from the Marine Academy, first few years I served in the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation vessels plying in the Bangladesh US east coast and UK-Europe routes. From 1982-1991 I served with the Singapore based Scandinavian shipping companies, travelling all over the world.

Between 1992 -1999 I worked as an entrepreneur, as the CEO of my own start up business. In between, during 1995-96 I took leave from my business to complete an MBA course in Melbourne University. In March 1999 I sold my business and permanently moved to Australia. Since January 2000 I am working as a senior policy adviser with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australian Federal Government.

Interests: As a person I am a "wonderer and wanderer" - Travelling (backpacking), reading and reflections are my primary past times. Since childhood I have been an avid reader on wide ranging subjects, my current reading interests include philosophy, metaphysics, analytical history, history of civilisations, general and human evolution, international and strategic affairs, current affairs, global and national economy, general articles/books on technology and astrophysics etc.

Since january 2010 I started writing seriously - my writing interests reflect my "wanderer and wonderer" persona, my reading interests and my deep attachment with Bangladesh.


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