Thursday, August 28, 2014



This is the cover of “Hitch-hiking in the Axis of Evil - By thumb through Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan”, my first book to be properly published and available internationally after ten years of self publishing.

The book is consciously aimed at providing evidence of the hospitality I experienced while hitch-hiking across the Islamic World, during the first stage of my on going round the world hitch-hiking expedition. In those lands nicked “the Axis of Evil” by George Bush, where mass media only predicates terrorism and violence, I would stumble day by day upon the most genuine and touching samples of human kindness. These pages are a vehicle of understanding, a call for empathy and an attempt to recover the kaleidoscopic diversity of one of the world’s most stunning regions.



By Thumb in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan

264 pages. Black & white photographs + 6 maps

ISBN: 978-987-29731-2-4

Price: EUR 22.00  (U$S 28,60) includes registered shipping (almost) worldwide.

How to get it? You can buy the book and help Laura and I keep travelling and carrying on the Nomadic Educational Project by emailing us at In exchange we will send you a Pay Pal request. Once paid, the book will be sent to you by registered post from Argentina.


On May 1st, 2005 Juan Villarino, an Argentinean hitch-hiker, hitches a ride in a sailboat from Belfast harbor to Scotland, with his steps bound for Middle East. Borrowing a snail’s strategy, he carries all he needs in a backpack, and stretches his thumb along both dusty roads and highways. He possesses no credit car or bullet proof jacket. His goal: to cross the heart of the Islamic World solely by hitch-hiking, in an attempt to prove that hospitality sprawls in a region portrayed as terrorist by the establishment media. Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan… As he moves across the vast globe Juan lives deliciously absurd events. He enters Iraq at night like a homeless, but ends up teaching hitch-hiking lessons in the Kurdish Parliament. In Teheran he sojourns with the Intellectual resistance against Iran’s Ayatollahs regime. He crosses Afghanistan village by village, having tea in a minefield, becoming a postman for a day, and dropping by a NATO base to fill up his backpack with foodstuff. While he travels, his pen frames those average people who sweat and work under any flag but never (ever) inhabit the headlines. The outcome is the book you hold in your hands: an ode to movement and a precise chronicle about one of the less travelled zones on Earth. Today, Juan keeps hitch-hiking the world and writing books by the roadside.


Important update for our followers! 

As a result of the success of the Spanish version of our books (which are, by the way, the original versions since we are Argentinean) Laura and I are focusing in our Spanish blogs and social networks. So No!, we didn`t stop travelling. The reason why you don`t see the recent post on the blog is because all our time while on the road goes to keep blogging professionally at and posting up the minute our Facebook Fan Page and Twitter communities. So click on those links to know where we are or wish us good roads!

Vagabundeando en el Eje del Mal (Hitch-hiking in the Axis of Evil) is in its third edition, having sold 8,000 copies. Caminos Invisibles (the book about our SouthAmerican 18 months trip by thumb) was published in November 2013 and is already in its second edition, with 3,000 copies already around. Enquiries about our Spanish language books, please drop a line at 

I want to share the soft and embracing happiness of being able, for the first time in 10 years of vagabonding wihtout certainties, to live off the sales of my writing. Thanks to everyone who did this possible.

Thanks for keeping us on the road!