La Vuelta al Mundo Sin Prisas began in March 2014
and the journey continues. Now, "Discovering America".
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La Vuelta al Mundo Sin Prisas began in March 2014
and the journey continues. Now, "Discovering America".
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The traveler

A summary of my life

Hello, I’m Fernando Rutia, the traveler, and I was born in 1968 in Zaragoza (Spain) where I grew up and lived until I was 22 years old. I was never a good student, that’s why after graduating from school, achieved because my mother decided to admit me to a priest’s school in Burbaguena (Teruel), I only did the first delineation course in Vocational Training on my return to Zaragoza.

Music has always been what made me vibrate and the radio attracted me a lot. I would have loved to have been a musician, and I tried (although perhaps not with enough patience), so I became a DJ, designed and wrote in a Zaragoza fanzine called The Big Music and alternated it with a waiter, stage assistant in concerts or record salesman with suitcase to start my relationship in the world of music. I also helped my mother at a newsstand every day..,

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The twists and turns of life

And suddenly one day at the end of 1989 I had the opportunity to do a radio program, as a collaborator in the radio station Radio Heraldo. During the first 6 months of 1990, together with Teresa Brunet who offered it to me, I was able to make my dream come true: to work in the radio.

Having fulfilled my dreams, I had reason to be satisfied and happy, but that was not the case. In fact, I was tired of the demanding night in Zaragoza (but nobody forced me to demand so much), so I decided to broaden my horizons and relax my neurons. I started with my life as a traveler.

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In Onda Cero Menorca

I migrated to Menorca where the previous year I had spent some short holidays, invited by my friend Ángel Martínez. I discovered a unique and quiet place, just what I needed and right next to the ocean. My health would also be grateful for this.

In Menorca I lived for 10 years. I was a DJ in night clubs in several instances, although my daily and fixed job was on the radio (1990-1998).

I started in a station called Radio Amanecer that would later become Onda Cero Menorca by performing duties of: technician, developer, producer, presenter, commercial, and coordinator of Onda Cero Music.

In parallel in 1995 I founded the company Producciones Ferru SC and with that the Menorca Actúa festival which I coordinated during 4 straight years (1995-1998), until it was impossible to maintain as a business and did not work as I intended due to the island’s culture and/or my own mistakes. I kept my company for another year (1999) by coordinating concerts, amongst other things in order to pay the debt that I had incurred, which I achieved by 98%.

I finally decided that my time in the island had come to an end and I went to Madrid in search of a better fortune, inspired and cheered by two good friends: Gema Serrano and Sergio Pazos who were my best man and woman in the big city.

And I made a big decision. By the end of 1999 in Madrid I met Prado Arenas who was my life partner for 10 years and with who I founded the company Actúa Management y Producción SL.

In that company we engaged in launching new artists, to make communication campaigns for large companies, artists or internationally recognized festivals. We also created a record label, although we chose a bad timing as record selling industry was falling sharply. As of now the company is still working, however my participation is only symbolic. Or I think, because life gives you surprises and people do too.

During my last 2 years heading the company I decided to try new businesses and I started with MLM or Multinivel, cheered by my friend Miguel Morán. However after more than 2 years trying

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Ten years of Actúa Management y Producción SL

in different companies, investing time and money and bothering my friends and family without getting any results, I finally decided to leave.

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I'm leaving the farm, few things and a lot of hope

Due to this stumble or failure, and with an emotional and economic situation very touched, at the end of 2012 I emigrated to a farmhouse, 40 km from Barcelona, to help Miguel Morán to set up a rural tourism business. It was a very effective way to disconnect from everything, change the air and give a complete turn to my life. It was my third move around the country.

After a strong discussion with Miguel and my future drifting again, my dream of being a traveler began to take shape in my mind. A nomadic traveler. I would have to restart my life, but I had nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain.

With Miguel it was a long time without speaking to us, but finally, in a conversation with a beer to rebuild our friendship, I told him my new plans.

It was a key moment, because although I already had a clear intention of undertaking the trip, in that conversation the flame that I hadn’t felt for a long time was lit in me: the new project for my life, perhaps the most ambitious, would be to go around the world, and I would add without haste to taste a journey that presented itself as exciting.

Fulfill my dream of travelling and extend that dream of being a traveler in Europe, to travel around the world. I had to start again, but the challenge itself was the most attractive.

Cross the borders by land or sea, to taste the adventure. To learn and to know cultures, languages and people and why not, to be able to practice another one of my hobbies: cook.

In a simple way and with the easiest ingredients to find in almost any place, but at the same time of the most appreciated of our gastronomy: I would teach around the world how to make Spanish omelette (with onion and zucchini). I’ve already made more than 650. And except in Kosovo and Macedonia, where for various reasons I could not meet the challenge, in other countries, yes. In some it has been a source of income and in many it has opened doors, helping the traveler to survive.

During the trip I would also cook other recipes of Spanish and Mediterranean gastronomy. I have also included the goal of learning, as well, a simple dish from each country and tell it (as far as possible) along with anecdotes of the adventure through the blog on this website and the YouTube channel of the trip.

Today they are more than 5 years traveling. I have crossed 47 countries travelling more than 140,000 kilometers, mainly by land and sea, as I intended, and where necessary by airplane. I have only finished the first part of the journey, with an addition to the initial plans to cross part of the Pacific Ocean, from south to north, by sailboat and as a volunteer.

As a volunteer traveler, I have worked in a number of countries, especially in Asia, which has taught me new skills to continue collaborating with in the future, as well as helping me to live on a minimal budget and get to know the cultures of those countries better. There are already more than 49 volunteers during the trip, doing almost everything.

I have finally learned to speak English decently – another of the challenges I set myself – and I know the phrases needed to communicate in several languages. I have also been able to learn how to make web pages, like this one you are seeing, that I have made it myself and this is occasionally giving me some funds that help me continue the trip making them for others.

Dreams tell us which way to go

I am turning patience into virtue and trying to cultivate within me a better person, so I can say that the objectives of the trip I am more than fulfilling. Because I really believe, and every day I convince myself more, that travelling is the only way in which you are and you feel really free. Problems become temporary and prejudices tend to disappear. And this fills me.

Now I’m in the second part of the journey that will take me through the American continent, from south to north, passing through the center and the Caribbean. I have already crossed several South American countries and in one of them, Chile, I lived for 6 months working in TV as a councillor and finally also editor of the Rockup program of UCV TV. I only finished the first season. The trip needed me and I needed to travel.

After this break I met part of Peru and crossed to Ecuador, from where, through life’s destinies, I traveled on Christmas Day 2018 to Spain to settle personal matters and lighten my mental backpack. In Spain I continued to travel as a nomad through different places – Madrid, Zaragoza, Valencia, Benicassim, Barcelona, Menorca and Bilbao – where I wanted to visit people who during the first five years had helped me, and repay debts acquired with some of them. Thanks friends, without you perhaps it would have been impossible to move forward sometimes.

Two weeks after the 5th anniversary of the trip -15th March 2019- I was returning to South America, to Colombia, to continue with my plans to discover the continent. After spending several weeks reuniting with old friends, I crossed again to Ecuador with the intention of continuing towards the south and visiting the rest of the countries that I still have to know about South America.

The time I will spend touring and discovering the American continent will be marked by the trip. No hurries.

So the story continues and with it I will continue to expand this page and the blog, with my experiences and how they affect my life.

See you on the way.

Pure Life!

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Videos that bring an optimistic message which have helped me from the beginning to believe what I can do and while the journey continues they help me to keep up my spirit like it was the first day. I hope you like them and they inspire you to carry out your dreams.

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