Posted in Uncategorised, tagged Book launch, Colombia, family, gabriel garcia marquez, genealogy, Ghost Train, Latin America, Michael Jacobs, robin bayley, Rum, the mango orchard, The Robber of Memories, Travel writing, Ventana Latina, writing on 12/02/2013|
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When I began writing The Mango Orchard, one of the few texts I found that gave me some clues about how I should approach a book which combined an exploration into my family’s past with travel writing, was Ghost Train through the Andes by Michael Jacobs. Not only was he retracing an ancestor’s journey (his grandfather’s), it was also a journey that took him to Latin America (Chile and Bolivia).
It was therefore a great thrill meet him at the launch of his latest excellent book, The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia. Despite my own memory of the evening being blurred by Michael’s generous helpings of Colombian rum I managed to remember that he agreed to meet again so I could interview him for the magazine Ventana Latina.
The interview gives a fascinating insight into the writing of the book and the meeting with Gabriel García Márquez that inspired it. Please click here to read the interview in ENGLISH or SPANISH.
I will also be “in conversation” with him at Belgravia Books on March 14th. I can’t promise Colombian rum, but there will be wine and nibbles… more details to follow
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Posted in behind the story, Genealogy, Mexico, The Mango Orchard, Travel, tagged Colombia, Latin America, Mexico, robin bayley, the mango orchard, Travel, vegetarian, vegetarianism, veggie, YtravelBlog on 01/07/2012|
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I became a vegetarian the day I began my journey in the footsteps of my great grandfather around Latin America. My grandmother had told me wonderful stories about her father’s adventures in the Americas; wild jungle journey’s, gun fights, hidden treasure in a mango orchard and a daring escape from the Mexican Revolution with the help of bandits. She had never said anything about the near impossibility of avoiding starvation if you are a vegetarian. Mind you, as you’ll see, there were a lot of things she didn’t tell me…
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The only non-meat option when my great grandfather was in Mexico was a hard stare
- A food stall in Cartagena, Colombia, serving fried meat and plantain. The stall’s name is ‘He who criticises, sufers’
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