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  HOME | Argentina

Globetrotting Family on the Road for 17 Years in 1928 Car Arrives in Spain

BARCELONA - The Zapps, a globetrotting family of six who have traveled the world in a vintage car for the last 17 years, have arrived in Spain for the European stretch of their odyssey.

Herman and Candelaria, along with their four children, arrived in Barcelona from where they are to begin a six-month tour of Spain before heading on to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece.

The couple initially left their home country to embark on a six-month voyage to Alaska, but what was intended to be a half year adventure became "17 years and four children," Herman told EFE, admitting he found it impossible to stop traveling.

The couples' stalwart travel companion in this adventure came in the shape of a 1928 Graham-Paige, a vintage car that has brought them across both American continents, through New Zealand and Australia, and has made it to India from Japan before traversing Africa from north to south.

The 88-year-old vehicle, which was coincidentally bought by the couple while living in Argentina, looked set to be a problem during the journey, Herman said, but it has turned out to be the solution.

"Spark Your Dream," a travel memoir written by the Zapps details some of their journey.

Candelaria said the couple had three dreams when they got married: to live in the countryside, to have a big family and to travel a lot.

She said she was happy to have fulfilled two of these dreams, although she admitted she never imagined she would be having children during the trip.

The couples' four children are veritable globetrotters, each boasting a different place of birth.

Herman and Candelaria said they would return to Argentina for a longer period of time at end of 2017 so the children could get a taste for both lifestyles with the ultimate goal of letting them decide which one they prefer.

"I love arriving in new places," said the oldest son, Pampa, 14, "but I'm looking forward to making some fixed friends, too."

Herman said he hoped his children would never be afraid to follow their own dreams.


 

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