An Italian journalist and writer that lived for many years in Asia. He worked for the German magazine “Der Spiegel” and he has inspired generations of travelers with his articles and books. Terzani was a kind and wise man that has seen many important events in the history. He saw the fall of Saigon to the end of the Viet Cong and the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. I’d love to chat with him about Asia before it was inundated by hordes of tourists. It would be great to listen to his stories and learn from him how to become a better traveler, writer and human being.
Another writer whose books inspired me to live my life “as an adventure” with all the challenges and the rewards that the road has given to me. It would be fun to watch the movies of Peter Jackson based on his books and see his reactions, if he likes what is on screen, if he imagined the hobbits, Gollum, the elves, the orcs the same way, and listen to his stories about the mythology and the imaginary world he created.
I studied his work and life at university. This man was a practical dreamer who really wanted to change the condition of the poor, the farmers, the humble people of Central and South America. Besides being a revolutionary, a guerrilla leader and a military theorist, he was an intellectual, a physician, a writer, and a traveller. He travelled with a motorcycle through all South America, and as we all know he was one of the main protagonists of the Cuban Revolution. I would like to ask him what he thinks of what is Cuba now and what he would do to change the condition of the poor people in the region today.
An American writer considered to be the godfather of the Beat Generation. Author of a controversial book Naked Lunch and friend of Jack Kerouac (On the Road). He influenced a lot of the modern culture, including movie makers, writers, musicians. He was also a traveller, exploring Central and South America, living in Morocco, Paris, and London. I read many of his books in order to complete my university thesis about his work. But surely, a real chat about his life, writings, art, and what he thinks of contemporary culture would be a completely different experience.