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At the age of 27, the Spanish journalist, Marc Serena, has become a great phenomena in Spain. When he was 25 he decided to travel around the world with one objective. He wanted to know which things he had in common with other young people from other countries, how they lived, what problems worried them…He was willing to discover the present and the future of 25 countries through the eyes and perspectives of the younger native inhabitants.
With this idea in mind he thought that it would be interesting to meet people of his same age, 25. As a result, he planned to travel around five continents, looking for 25 different stories from the people that he met on this trip.
Based on those stories, on January 2011 he published his first book “La vuelta de los 25” (“The 25 trip”) released a second edition on June 14. The author takes the reader from Africa to Asia and Australia using plain language that makes the reading easy and enjoyable.
In 2008 Serena was saving some money to buy a car, when he changed his mind. He decided to spend that money on this multicultural trip to share and spend some time with other 25 year old people. His aim was to first handedly discover the dreams, future plans, and life style of young people in those countries.
As he stated in his blog: “Getting to know young people is the best way to imagine our future. With this particular field work, traveling to all these places I have tried to represent a global people generation, without any suppositions”.
In addition, during his adventure he wrote about his personal experiences every day in his own blog www.lavueltadelos25.com , which won the Travel World Awards in non-English language in 2009.
As he remarks in his book´s preface he embarked on this adventure without a clear route in mind. When he arrived to the first country he didn´t even know what his next destination would be.
“Each country was completely different from the other one. What I had learnt from the previous country didn’t serve me for the next one, so every time I crossed the frontier was a totally new experience to start from the beginning. I had to discover were would be the next scoop. Fortunately I travelled alone, without any other reporters, no pressures, and that’s was exactly what allowed me to go deeper inside the countries and people’s life with the necessary prudence. I wanted to observe not to be observed,” he stated on an interview.
Each chapter begins with the name of the person, job, city, country and the date in which Serena arrived to it. At the beginning of the reading Serena explains that the way that he met the 25 people was completely different from each other, he arranged to meet some of them, and he met others by a chance.
One year of researching work and one year traveling around the world has been enough for this author to write this 352 pages book, also available in its digital format.