EVIL PORTENT: Has Anyone Heard From That Argentinian Family Taking An 11,000 Mile Pope Road Trip To Philly?
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As many as two million people are expected to be in Philadelphia for the visit by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in September. But it’s unlikely any of them will have a journey as long — or as remarkable — as one family from Argentina. Packed in a 1980 VW minibus are Noël Zemborain; her husband, Alfredo Walker (nicknamed ‘Catire’); and their four kids: Carmin, 2; Mia, 5; Dimas, 8; and Cala, 12. “It’s a very big family,” says Noël. “A very intense family experience.” That’s putting it mildly. In March, mom and dad ditched their jobs, drained their savings, and told their three girls and one boy that they were about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. “We are traveling all through the continents toward Philadelphia,” says Noël. “We are meeting people, we are learning things about them, and getting to know other ways of living.” I caught up with the Walker family over Skype as they set up camp in Iquique, Chile. Weeks into the journey, they’ve had their share of bumps in the road. “Our van broke several times,” explains Noël, “But we also were in the middle of a natural disaster here in the north of Chile. Ten days ago, there were very heavy rainfalls and there were mudslides. We were quite afraid because many cities and small towns were covered with mud. Very huge losses and very sad stories, but we met wonderful people who were able to help and were helping each other.” To get to Philly, why spend months on the road instead of hours on a plane? CBS Philly Read More>>>>>>