First we thought we could go around the world in four years. Then we were convinced that we could do it in seven. When we got to the sixth year of travel, we felt that 10 was a good round number. In June 2010 we celebrated 10 years living on the road. And there’s still half the planet left to explore….
“…I’ll never forget that Monday when I put the barrel of a gun to my head and fired until I was out of bullets, without stopping to think of what I was doing so I wouldn’t have a chance to change my mind. It was my resignation to a future which I already knew, a farewell to a secure job, an adieu to a brilliant career in advertising, the microcosm where I had lived for the last twelve long years. It was ten minutes after ten in the morning and my last words were, more or less ‘keep the corpse, I’m leaving.’ My body collapsed and I walked out the door…“
Around the World in 10 Years: The Book of Independence, is a journey through some of the world’s worst backcountry roads with a 4×4 truck transformed into a house on wheels. There is no bathroom, no shower, no sponsors, no hotels, no phone and no Auto Club. “The road will provide” is a statement of optimistic intent. Well, optimistic optimism. And is the story of a dream, of how one day two normal people decided to give up that double life that makes us do on the weekends what we would like to do Monday through Friday.
“The Book of Independence works its magic like a bellows on the embers of wanderlust, inspiring us to break away from the norm, to slow down and smell the proverbial roses… or cow or elephant dung. It’s not about what you’ll do after you retire, it’s about what you do before you die.”
Chris Collard, Chief Editor, Overland Journal Magazine
“They’re intent on completing their round the world trip in 10 years and, possibly, to invent whatever excuse afterwards to remain in motion”
Lonely Planet Magazine
“They’ve lived through everything… from elephant attacks provoked by getting too close to a herd with calves to getting shot at in Ethiopia.”
TVE, Spanish Television daily news
“We are very much enjoying your book! It is very fun to read of your time in Egypt, in places we also visited last year. Your stories are wonderful, and really capture what overlanding is all about. Thank you!”
Roseann Hanson, Overland Expo founder
“Pablo and Anna are genuine. Their vision is a simple one, without pretense, that offers the rest of us the option to attain our own dreams, no matter how deep. Pablo y Anna, bravo y buena ruta.”
Cemil Alyanak, Excess Noise, Washington DC
“We’re just back from a 3,200-mile overland trek through Labrador and Newfoundland, Canada. Though there were a lot of black flies and mosquitos, we also came across a one-of-a-kind bug on the road, La Cucaracha. We were so surprised to meet Pablo and Anna that day, as they could have been everywhere on the planet. I read Pablo’s book on the way home. With the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean, and dreaming about our next adventure, I thought to myself that this moment gave a magical touch to a trip that was already perfect.”
Jean-Francois Babin, Quebec, Canada.
“The book is hard to put down. Pablo’s writing somehow manages to intimately connect the reader to these far away unfamiliar places with their diverse landscapes and cultures. If you love adventure, travel and delving into the human spirit found in far away cultures ‘The Book of Independence’ is a must read.”
Bryon Dorr, Exploring Elements
“An inspiration. I love the way Pablo describes how he feels about places, people and events. Great read. I wish there was more. I will definitely buy his other books soon as they’re translated in English.”
Marc Joinville, somewhere of the United States
“I loved your book. I love the image of Anna Amazon Woman chasing off the pursethief with her power. Safe and joyful travels to you.”
Elise and Wolf, California
“I miss you guys. Dr. Jim in Connecticut received the book you signed for him. He is my writer friend. He considered my gift to him with your note as ‘EPIC’.
I honor my promise to you. I want to help in your journey and translation of volume 2. Please tell Anna she is sweet! And you are a true champion in freedom.”
“I have been reading your book “Around The World In 10 Years” and you description of your reason to go on your adventure matches my feeling about my life. I think it matches many people of the Earth’s feelings too. I hope you visit us when you come east. So glad our paths crossed during our adventure.”
Bruce Hutcheson, Kentucky
“This overland autobiography will leave you laughing aloud, inspiring you to get out and experience another part of the world -one that is well outside your comfort level.”
Jeremy Edgar, he left Arizona and got lost in the wonders of Latin America
“When I pick up a book, I hope that the pages that are about to reach my eyes are ones of treasure, ones of inspiration. I want to be transported into the world of the writer as they share their story through their mesmerizing words, those of wisdom, strife, and adventure. Reading a title such as this already takes you to the front step, and Pablo Rey’s enchanting tale does the rest. You hear of so many stories about the race to travel and it leaves you wondering… What happens when you stop running and just be? To take a whole adventure, and make it your whole life? The definition of ‘exploring’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Pablo takes you through a whole new transformation into a world that the English language barely has words to define. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a fly in Pablo’s brain as, even translated into English from Spanish, his words are so artistically magical, that it is impossible not to whisk you away into this alternate universe.”
Sarah Blessington, Exploring Elements
“I loved this book. Pablo has such a unique writing style, and my, what an adventure! Highly recommended for all the dreamers out there.”
Jake, Kindle edition
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Pablo Rey was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He arrived in Madrid in 1992, when Spain was in the midst of another bad recession. In 1996 he moved to Barcelona and in 2000 he rented his mortgaged apartment and moved into a 4wd van with Anna Callau, his partner in adventures. The goal: to drive around the world through Southern Europe, the Middle East, Africa from north to south, America from south to north, and back to Barcelona via Vladivostok to Finisterre.
He has written articles for Overland Journal and Lonely Planet Magazine and has published three books in Spanish about his overland trips. Pablo has won more than 20 awards as a creative advertising writer, is a former illegal immigrant, an antique bottle hunter in ghost towns and one of many Argentinians from Barcelona, or Spaniards from Buenos Aires, with a leg in both continents.
Pablo and Anna still live on the road
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Around the World in 10 Years: The Book of Independence (ISBN 13 978-1482769951) measures 6” x 9”, contains 1 map, many black and white photographs and 222 pages of true stories. This is not a novel.