In 1970, Gabriel Salas had just finished his university studies in Chile and thought he’d try and hitchhike around South America. But what was meant to be your average graduate road trip turned into an adventure across the sea…
Take a listen to ‘Sea Hitchhiker’ recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Oceans Apart:
This version of the story was narrated live by Zacha Rosen (pictured above, while Michael Brydon fixes the microphone). The story was produced by Zacha Rosen, and mixed for Oceans Apart by Bec Fary (pictured below, staring at waveforms on her laptop). Music credits: ‘Opening Doors’ by Jamie Evans, ‘El barzón’ by Los Amparito and ‘Spring Rain’ by Aaron Ximm.
The week we performed Oceans Apart, we found out that Gabriel Salas has died. If you liked his story, there are a few things you can do in his memory. You could donate to the Red Cross, where Gabriel worked. He also helped organisations like it find water sources for vulnerable people all around the world. You could also visit the Ballina Maritime Museum, which has the sole surviving raft from the Las Balsas expedition on display.
And, as a one-time anarchist, he’d probably have liked you to visit your local anarchist bookshop for a browse.
At our Melbourne listening party a couple of weeks ago, we handed out these postcards. We asked you to write something to send across distance; we wanted to hear what you’d say to someone you haven’t seen in a while, or maybe even the person next to you…
Here are a couple we found at Vice Bar at the end of the night:
Thanks again to everyone who came along, listened in and contributed to Oceans Apart. Head to our Facebook page for photos from the night – and if you missed out on the listening party, tune in to All the Best on FBi Radio this Saturday at 10:30am. We’ve collected our Oceans Apart stories for a two-part episode, airing this Saturday November 21 and next week, Saturday November 28.
A big thank you to everyone who listened in at Oceans Apart last week! We’ll post more photos and audio from the Melbourne Collective’s listening party very soon, so stay tuned on our Facebook page or subscribe to us on iTunes.