|Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait ©|
If you're a fan of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, then you will no doubt yearn to travel to Mexico City to visit La Casa Azul, the house museum and gallery where Frida lived and worked, and where she died at the rather premature age of 47.
During a trip to Latin America, The Raven Brothers, Chris and Simon Raven make a pilgrimage to the blue house in the leafy suburb of Coyoacán where the artist famous for her works of surrealism lived with her family and artist husband Diego Rivera. Frida was held captive by her crippling disabilities following a trolleybus accident when she was still at school, and which left her bedridden for much of her life. In the story 'The Frida Kahlo Experience' one of the powerful concluding pieces in the travel writing duos fifth travel book 'Hike, Drive, Stayin' Alive!', 10 stories of adventure, Simon and Chris peer into the same mirror Frida painted herself in and discover a woman who regardless of the suffering she endured, found the strength to project alluring positivity.
'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' by The Raven Brothers is out now! Order your copy from Amazon or your favourite book retailer worldwide.
by The Raven Brothers
Out of shape and unprepared, The Raven Brothers return to the road in a collection of ten quests to travel to their dream destinations against all odds! After two decades pioneering new routes across the globe, you would expect the authors of 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' to be hotshot explorers, with a sixth sense and an ability to survive in almost any situation. Think again! With virtually zero knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine and very limited skills of wilderness survival, Simon and Chris struggle into their hiking boots and power across three continents by river, tarmac and trail.
Venture to the top of Norway, cruise the road to Damascus, hike the Camino trail into Spain’s Wild West, row the Ganges, explore Frida Kahlo’s world in Mexico City, hangout with the dead in Sicily’s eerie catacombs, crawl deep inside Bolivia’s notorious silver mine, seek lions in Gujarat, wellness in Berlin and journey into the Naga Hills where tribal kings still rule.
Noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”, 'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' signals a return to the duo writing “buttock clenching” travel comedy with the first in a series of candid stories of adventure by The Raven Brothers.