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Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Proposed Kombi Diaries

The Kombi Diaries

Proposal for Latin American Road trip 2006

By Trent Simpson and Lorena Endara

Founders of SuperKombi Project

The road is open and the time is now! Come along on the adventure of a lifetime. From the beautiful beaches of Brazil to the outrageous peaks of the Andes and everywhere in-between our destinations await. The SuperKombi will be our means of transportation with the traveling Kombista mentality. I invite you to come along for as long or as short as you want, the doors are open. People are welcome to hitch a ride, or guide us somewhere new, always without destiny. Grab your backpack and a sense of adventure; come on board, we are waiting!

Mission Statements:

To travel the roads of Latin America. To open up the world to a eclectic variety of cultures. Spreading of knowledge and skills.[1] Providing a means of travel, advice and support with an open level of commitment to independent travelers. To better the world through social mobility and awareness. To bridge the gap between cultures. To see the world, and have the world see us.

Proposal:

Destiny Without Destinations: the Kombi Diaries Latin American Road Trip is not simply just a bunch of recently college-educated graduates out to cause mischief. The SuperKombi is a vehicle for growth, education, philosophy, ideology, learning, experience, culture, and of course fun. It will be more than just a road trip to travel for personal benefit.

As in the mission statement, we are trying to open up the world. Our diverse crew will consist of people determined to make a difference. Our ideologies are not oppressive in any form of cultural imperialism, and our agenda does not have bias to any political or economic philosophy. We will however, be giving workshops to the people we meet and visit along the way. Depending on the need and desire of the people we meet the workshops can include: Photography, English, Mathematics, Music, History, Computers, Sports, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, and whatever the road leads us to.

The SuperKombi will consist of an innovative crew of people from around the world. Each contributing their own portion to the “superness” of the Kombi, hence the name. Members are free to come and go as they wish; traveling on their own is highly encouraged. However, I am looking for 3-4 full time members whose biographies will be included in this mission statement proposal and become known as the SuperKombi Crew, or “Kombistas.”

Logistics:

This is the tricky part, figuring everything out. However I am going to lay down some basics, and feedback and thoughts or suggestions is always appreciated.

I am looking at starting the road-trip in July of 2006, all college seniors as of this year should be graduated and there is a couple months in there to take some time off and chill and also prepare economically (ie work three jobs for two months).

Money, yes, is the harsh reality. I am not fully aware of Kombi costs, but I am shooting in the ballpark of $3000-4000, to be split evenly between the permanent members (I mean we need a Kombi that wont keep breaking down all the time, might be hard to find, and one suggested we might try to rig a biologically friendly fueled Kombi as well). The other costs of course include one-way plane ticket, food and lodging and beer money. I expect to do things as cheap as possible. This means staying for FREE wherever we can. This includes making and/or calling up any friend/acquaintance/girl/guy you meet at the bar that night to stay at their place. Camping and WWOOFing[2] will be large aspects of the trip as SuperKombi members are respectful of organic movements and in tune with nature. The Kombi itself should also serve as some form of shelter, coupled with a tent or two, basic camping supplies for cooking, etc. Beyond that, sometimes it is nice to stay in a pousada, which are usually very cheap.

Upon arrival to destinations, depending on what that may be the Kombistas must enter with a very open and friendly attitude. The mission of the Kombistas is to be a kind of traveling ambassador of culture, fun, knowledge and various other projects that will be defined in the future. We will look for sponsorships from organizations in the US (to help with funding), we will also look to be invited by communities or community groups in Latin America to perform these various projects (aids awareness, poverty reduction, educational, musical, etc.) and we will keep an ongoing dialogue (probably a live journal) to keep in touch with friends and family members along the way.

So, this is a personal invitation from the SuperKombi director, Trent Simpson, to hop on board and join me on a life-changing voyage for everyone.

Email: SuperKombi@gmail.com

Or personal conversation during happy hour.

******This is a very tentative rough draft. Although some ideas may come across as amusing, it is to be taken seriously. I am in the process of drafting a professional version in order to try and receive grants, fellowships or someone who relates and believes in my ideas and thus feels the need to fund the project********




[1] Numchuck skills, computer hacking skills, etc.

[2] http://www.wwoof.org/



Friday, December 29, 2006

Some links

Since I can't get my links thing on the left to edit, here are a bunch of sites that I frequent, check them out, I aspire to contribute or be like many of them in the future!


www.bootsnall.com
(I used this site as my main guide the first time I went to Brasil by myself in 2002)

http://www.mochileiros.com/
(A good site for backpackers, in portuguese)

www.ecotourism.org
(I interned for them)

www.ecoclub.com
(Very useful information, but you need to become a member!)

www.robinsparks.com
(I admire her writing, and can relate to her philosophy of travel and the world)

www.pology.com
(A great culture magazine)

www.onebag.com
(Cool website for packing light)

http://roughguides.com/contest/worldparty/
(This is one of my favorite ideas that I had for a book, turns out, Rough Guides is already doing it!)

www.gringoes.com/
(These guys have a pretty cool site for expats in Brasil)

www.escapeartist.com
(Good info)

http://www.bealocal.com/
(Really cool tour operator in Rio for favela tours, parties and soccer games, while doing good for the communities props to them!)

www.shantaram.com
(Great book and cool resources for India and other innovative and helpful people, links, books and ideas)

A lot more to come...

Some pictures!





















A couple pics to get started to see how this whole things looks and works. There I am in my old apartment in DC right before graduation. On the right I am looking over the edge of a 420 foot drop-off above Cachoeira da Fumaca, in Bahia Brasil- YIKES!!

More pictures to come!

Lets begin an archive!

I want to begin to archive all my information, research and experiences, and have now decided the blog will be the best way to do so. Thus, I will be posting a lot of information in the upcoming weeks in order to have a go to guide for a lot of material I have been sifting through. In my down time here in Colorado, I have pondered, read, contributed and sought out a variety of travel websites, boards, communities and people with very similar and very different tastes in travel. However, I have discovered the obvious link between all of us--travel. Thus I will use this blog to hopefully generate a group of people who are dedicated on the just for fun, heres an idea, level to get things off the ground and enter the world of travel writing.

I encourage any and everyone to submit anything, or provide links to your favorite sites, travel areas, in order to build up a large database!

Its ambitious, but I like the idea, and its infinite!