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Herman Zapp was born in San Francisco, CA. and raised in Argentina.
Candelaria Zapp was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Pampa (USA), Tehue (Argentina), Paloma (Canada)
and Wallaby (Australia)
They both believe that
The Secret to realice a Dream is to Start it.
Their message to one and all is simple. Live your dreams. If you don’t live it now…so… when? Be bold. “The most difficult moment was to begin, leaving everything behind: the family, the house, our work, and our friends, to go directly into the unknown, unpredictable, the strange…But from the time we opened the door of this car and sat down everything have changed in our lives.”
They both grew up in the countryside, amongst ponies and cousins. At eight and ten years of age they met, and the impossible love that they felt at that time grew and became a reality when she was only 14. For another 10 years, they dated and grew up together with a dream accompanying them. But after six years of marriage, they took their first steps pushed by their desire to have children. They said, “First let’s complete our dream, then we’ll have children” and it couldn’t have been a better way: their first son arrived together with the dream, one dream inside another.
Many call them crazy but “Who is the crazy one? The one who goes for his dream or the one who doesn’t? When I risk my life for something I want the most, it is then that I feel most alive. I would rather die trying to live than to die without having lived... Everybody has a goal, to leave it aside is to leave life itself.”
The trip from Argentina to Alaska was a Big Dream with many challenges to go through. Going down the Amazon River in a raft, running out of money, having Visas denied and having their first son along the way were only a few of these. But when that trip was over, they realice that the best part of the journey was the People. They opened their hearts to them, and shared also their big treasure: their families, their homes. Since they left they have been hosted 2500 nights in family homes. Another mountain after a thousand mountains, is just another mountain. Another beach after a thousand beaches, is just another beach… but the person they meet is unique, the one that counts, and that is why their dream kept growing...
They returned to Argentina and self-published their book “Atrapa tu Sueño” which became a best-seller in Argentina in 2005. Today its 11th edition is in print. They translated and edited it into English, and “Spark Your Dream” was published in 2007. Today its 6th edition is in print. The book is full of good advice for people who have dreams but don’t know how to start fulfilling them. Currently they are still writing … and more books are certainly on the way.
They travelled all around Argentina, where their second boy was born. Since then they have not stopped. The car was shipped to Florida and so began a new journey driving along a fresh route. They headed north to Montreal, then west to Vancouver Island, where their princess Paloma was born, and finally they went south to Los Angeles, CA.
They then went to Australia. As soon as they got there, their fourth baby arrived and, with him aboard, they covered a complete loop around the country. They've been in deserts where only kangaroos live, and where fuel is not available for a stretch of at least 500 kilometres. Then the car was shipped to New Zealand and they travelled through both the North and South Islands.
Having completed their piece of Oceania they headed for Asia and traveled 13 countries. They drove many times at more than 5.300 msn in Tibet, shipped the car in wooden boat to go from country to country and Island to Island.
From Mumbai they shipped the car to South Africa and cover many countries from there. Currently they are in Egypt. They are poised to drive to Europe, their last continent.
They’ve already been 15 years on the road, and have had four children, all conceived and born in different countries while travelling.
Some may say they may not have the ideal car to circle the World, and some may say they don’t have the required funds needed, but when you read the book and the many extraordinary experiences they have had, you will likely come to believe that they have the perfect car, all the resources they need, and in addition they have something more important than anything else - the willingness to chase and accomplish their dream.
Very high in the mountains in Tibet 2011
Being a family of six must be a magic number! Still they travel on … deep within their dreams!