As a baby he checked out maps like a person possessed, he learn Historical past (with a capital letter), he favored archeology. I wished to be a bit like Indiana Jones. It was on this method that he fed a touring soul that has somewhat illness with no treatment. “My dad and mom didn’t take me out of Spain and I used to be loopy to know different locations, to go overseas. And it was very late, already within the race, once I took a visit with my companions to Istanbul and Cappadocia. It was the primary and it marked me. I believe Istanbul is probably the most lovely metropolis on the earth, I nonetheless suppose so right this moment. It was seeing Santa Sofia, who had studied her in Artwork, in Historical past, and it made my hair stand on finish. I believe at that second I stated that my endeavor on this life was going to be to know the world ”. And so it has been.
We interviewed Sele, founding father of Sele’s corner, to find what one of the crucial veteran journey bloggers in our nation is like. Final February, José Miguel Redondo from Madrid (that is what his DNI says) turned eleven years behind this nook, as his identify signifies, during which he started gathering journey notes, pictures, maps with the route made that buddies requested him…. “A blogger is a storyteller. I share journeys and experiences within the first particular person. That’s the nice worth as a result of the reader feels recognized with them. They see you in a photograph in a desert and so they see themselves there, they suppose it’s doable. You assist them understand a dream. We make sure journeys extra accessible by telling us how we have now executed them ”, he explains in a rush however all the time in a sluggish tone. He has traveled over 100 international locations, he likes to journey alone and though his weblog is his foremost showcase, Sele is multifaceted. However he does all the things across the identical ardour: touring. A lot in order that, laughing, he admits that when he is been residence for greater than a month, he begins to climb the partitions a bit.
Within the age of the Web that we dwell in, do you continue to domesticate this fondness for maps from whenever you have been a baby?
Sure, the truth is, I’ve been gathering outdated maps for a very long time and I really like them. Touching a paper map or circling a globe nonetheless conjures up you. You begin to think about routes, future plans, a priori with no date, however that are later fulfilled.
What number of do you have got?
Ugh, I do not know. However each time I see one which catches my eye, I choose it up. One of the vital particular is the Strait of Magellan, which the French made within the 18th century with their names that nobody makes use of right this moment. And I prefer it as a result of I made a route on the market in search of whales, so it’s not an idealized map however I’ve touched it and made it come true. It was a really good journey by way of Chile.
What would these 5 destinies be that each particular person in life has to see, sure or sure?
Let’s have a look at, my private listing could also be one other, however to suggest I all the time say that wanting on the Taj Mahal is a assured tear. You need to do an excellent photographic safari a minimum of as soon as in your life and see animals within the wild. I believe it’s important to go to Istanbul, after all. I converse from exterior of Spain, as a result of this nation provides for one more listing, eh! I might additionally suggest strolling round Florence, the right metropolis, of artwork. And go to the temples of Angkor, in Cambodia. It’s the most brutal archaeological website not solely in Asia, however on the earth. There are tons of of temples scattered all through the jungle that have been hidden for hundreds of years. It’s a life expertise that doesn’t disappoint.
Inform me a vacation spot that has damaged your expectations for higher and for worse.
I’ve been lucky that I’ve by no means been disenchanted touring. I’m nonetheless excited as I used to be originally. And though I all the time go along with calm expectations, I believe that one of many locations that broke my schemes for the higher and I felt that I used to be doing one of many journeys of my life was within the Galapagos. To be with the penguins, the ocean lions, the enormous tortoises that Darwing spoke of. Alternatively, I’m not very a lot in love with New York. Everybody loves it and I admit that it has a number of life, but it surely didn’t transfer me. I loved it however I do not put it on the highest. Nevertheless, Chicago appears extra genuine to me.
Eleven years later, how has El Rincón de Sele modified?
Loads of. The best way of expressing myself, for instance. I believe I’ve discovered to narrate higher. Now once I learn what I wrote at first I get somewhat scared, however they’re very particular texts which can be stuffed with innocence. And I’ve discovered how that data reaches extra individuals. Truly the weblog is a device, another method, to inform tales. And I’ve gone from being an newbie weblog to knowledgeable one, in a showcase of what’s now my occupation.
Do they ask you a large number how you can dwell from this?
Sure! and I am nonetheless unsure what to reply. I all the time say that I didn’t begin with knowledgeable purpose however with a ardour: writing and touring. I began and I used to be fortunate that many individuals learn to me and that they have been accompanying me. A lot in order that right this moment it’s a nice touring group inside and out of doors of Spain. In the event you begin for enterprise, it is vitally sophisticated. It’s higher that you just first categorical your self, study, learn to others, enhance your self and, someday, if you’ll be able to attain lots of people, then it is possible for you to to dedicate your self to this. However I am not simply devoted to ‘this’. Because of the weblog I’ve been in a position to collaborate with different media, on the radio and in magazines, I give lectures and do a number of issues. And all, due to that showcase referred to as El rincón de Sele.
Anybody calling themselves a journey blogger right this moment?
Sure, sure, truly making a journey weblog could be very straightforward. You are able to do it without cost in 5 minutes and get began. The issue isn’t in opening a weblog however in sustaining it, in making a group, in producing habits … This takes a number of work, perseverance and being very self-taught. They did not inform me something, however I used to be studying. And know-how is altering too. Once I began no one had Fb or Twitter and right this moment social networks are one other method of speaking.
If Sele had executed it right this moment as a substitute of beginning in 2006, would she obtain the identical?
Having began early has actually helped me. I believe that one of many benefits I’ve had is having spent a very long time, years, with out having any skilled dedication to it however studying. That baggage is important. If I needed to begin now, it could price me loads as a result of there are various blogs and excellent ones, and making your method and making your self identified is sort of sophisticated.
Amongst bloggers, is there extra competitors or cooperation?
Nicely, it will depend on who, after all. My expertise has been constructive, I get alongside very properly with many individuals and I believe there may be cooperation between bloggers. However, as in all the things, if there are a thousand blogs, it’s regular that there’s some competitors between those that wish to attain increased. However I nonetheless do not see a really flawed world. Despite the fact that a journey weblog is sort of a small communication medium and, clearly, one desires to have extra visits, extra loyal readers …
[Como ejemplo de esa cooperación de la que habla y como una forma de sumar fuerzas, Sele, Chavetas, Paco Nadal, El Pachinko, Guías Viajar, Nani Arenas y Viajablog se han juntado en Travel Inspirers. “Es como una cooperativa aunque cada uno somos muy diferentes”, explica y asegura que no hay dos blogs de viajes iguales y que hay tarta [lectores] for all.
You’re an advocate of solo journey. You do pedagogy of it in your weblog.
Nicely, I am an advocate of journey as you please. My weblog talks about my expertise and that’s that I’ve traveled loads alone. However I additionally depend many journeys that I’ve made with Rebeca, my woman. However sure, I actually like touring alone. I went to Buenos Aires for seven months to reach in New York, of which 4 I used to be alone and three Rebeca got here with me. Touring alone opens your thoughts. While you journey in a widely known firm, you make a bubble since you needn’t know anybody, however when touring you might be solely compelled to talk, you possibly can improvise, you do not have that accountability that for those who make a nasty choice it impacts the group … I all the time say that on journeys that I’m going alone I’m extra accompanied. And also you make excellent buddies. A Chilean pal who lived in San Pedro de Atacama, within the desert, got here to my marriage ceremony in Madrid.
Give us some suggestions to assist these reluctant to journey alone overcome concern.
While you journey alone you do the journey you need, if you find yourself accompanied, it’s important to give in. And from a solo journey you’ll come again modified and you’ll want to repeat. However it’s true that there are individuals who don’t conceive it. Hey, and all the things is legitimate.
Plans for 2017 I think about many, however any particular?
Sure! This yr I’m going to take an incredible journey in a motorhome. I am unable to reveal extra in the intervening time, however I am very excited. And I am going with my pal Isaac [amigo también de esa casa, al que también entrevistamos en Viajantes]. We’ll go in the summertime.
Why do not you do it alone?
As a result of we’re each very shut. One yr we went to Iran and it was excellent, we had a good time and we each used it as knowledgeable device. And so it started. Now we’re doing a challenge collectively referred to as Carvasar during which we each share these sorts of experiences. The caravasers are these locations the place the retailers stopped on the Silk Highway. And we all the time stated that if we did a challenge collectively we needed to name it like this: Caravanserai. It’s a challenge of communication of nice experiences, advised in the best way we all know: video, talks concerning the vacation spot … Isaac and I inform it every in our personal method however we have now very comparable readers. We each like nature journeys.
What do you all the time carry in your suitcase?
I may go along with what I am sporting, as a result of I do not care about hitting myself for 20 days with the identical garments, however by no means with no digicam. Even when it is the telephone, however I’ve to take pictures.
He confesses that he likes video loads, as a result of it’s changing into increasingly tough to learn, and says that social networks are important, as a result of individuals are impressed loads by watching pictures and since they help you broadcast dwell, however he’s nonetheless an incredible defender of the standard weblog : textual content, pictures, sensible information… Make a journey information! “It’s true that immediacy is sought, however whenever you make good content material, individuals will reuse it for years. I’ve seven or eight yr outdated articles that proceed to draw readers. Now what I’m doing is updating them, enhancing the pictures, new data and so they proceed to have life. That individuals journey to the Loire Valley along with your story for years could be very good. I’ve come to fulfill individuals who had articles of mine printed ”.