In Loving Memory
Patrick Joseph Falterman II
March 16, 1990 – September 3, 2016
All are welcome to leave a message of remembrance in the comments. All of Patrick’s writing will be left untouched, unedited, and unaltered – the way he would have wanted.
Any monetary contributions anyone wishes to make to the website, we ask that instead donations be made to the Patrick Falterman Scholarship Fund. If you’re interested in making a contribution, you can purchase the t-shirt below, with 100% of the proceeds going to the fund.
This site is a story. It is not fiction, nor is it an autobiography. It is a collection of tales, told as experienced by me, the author.
Hitch the World was originally made to document my hitchhiking travels — hence the name. But as I grew and changed, it evolved into a place to delve into my travels in a vague, literary format — travels which, over the course of five years, have shifted from starry-eyed hitchhiking to long, drawn-out expeditions by canoe in the Amazon. Some posts read like pieces of a book; others are written in journal format.
I oftentimes heavily incorporate character dialogue. The dialogue found here is written in English, but more often than not it has been translated from Portuguese or Spanish. Character accents and dialects in such translations are invented, and are a product of my imagination — meaning, that is how I imagine they would have spoken, had they been English-speakers.
I still live the life of the indefinite traveler — but my methods have changed somewhat over the years. Not every trip has been documented here, but I try to find the time to write down the majority of my experiences, and the tales I hear from others along the way.
The information found on this site can usually be separated into two categories: The Amazon, and Hitchhiking. Several of the drop-down menus are divided as such.
Find recent stories directly below this text, or scrutinize the Archives.
For additional information, peruse the About sections. If you’ve arrived here via HitchWiki or other hitchhiking sites, and are in search of hitchhiking information, have a look at the Hitchhiking and Vagabonding Tips drop-down menu. Emails are also welcome. If you find this site interesting, don’t forget to subscribe by email using the form found below the list of most-recent stories (keep scrolling…it’s down there).
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