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Walking without borders

Sonia Ibañez is the first Spanish woman to complete the Appalachian Trail U.S. Do you want to know more about her experience?

It was my first journey to America. Yes, and the first thing that I did was walking for five months until complete the 3500 miles of the Appalachian Trail: the longest in the world. A path that goes by fourteen states, from Maine to Georgia.

Walking through villages, and making the extensive forests of the east coast my home, I discovered a different America: out of the conventions that we see on TV.

Along with Kevin S. Fox, cultural geographer, we walked thought natural and cultural landscapes. The shelters along the way were our home, our food was what we carried in our backpacks and our words the intersection between different cultures. An adventure where your physical and mental limits are tested.

I remember times when my knees did not want to move. They were swollen and painful. Furthermore, it was raining and my footwear had more holes than a colander. It was the third pair spent.

At the end of the day, when you get to the shelter -sometimes late at night- and you see a fire burning you forget everything! Having a loving place and good company to chat and laugh while eating the couscous dinner you dreamed all day long. What moments shared!

With photographs, videos, audios and conceptual art we developed a deep understanding of America and explored the notion of walking as a space practice and placemaking. Certainly, we come to know ourselves more in this unique environment.

In the last three months we have shared our work in different places of Madrid, in the form of lectures, and in July we are going to make our first photographic exhibition.

This exhibition will take place, along with other cultural activities, in Camporrobles (Valencia). There, we are going to share our personal experience and bring to all this unknown America.


Sonia Ibañez

 

Published: Mon, 30/06/2014 - 15:14


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