Traveling long distances can be exciting, but most people eventually sigh and ask the inevitable: “Are we there yet?” Even the most eager of jet-setters will find traveling tiring at one point or another.
Then there are those who find solace in great adventures—particularly long walks. A number of brave souls have even traversed whole continents on foot. Usually, such travelers will plan their voyages carefully in order to face parts of the world that most of us will never see.
One Canadian man, however, was not much of a planner. His deep desire to visit one particular site fueled a mission that resulted with him disappearing into thin air. But the real story was much more complicated…
After being rejected, Anton simply turned on his heels and ventured into Brazil. He trudged through the Amazon rainforest, where he lost all his toenails. A Brazilian police officer discovered him barefoot by the side of a dusty road. The officer then tracked down Anton’s family, who were understandably shocked.
Anton’s journey, while impressive, is indicative that there remains a lot of work to be done when it comes to treating mental illness. Thankfully he found enough help in the kindness of strangers to get him back on the right path. Hopefully he’ll resolve his issues at home—and be able to revisit the National Library in Buenos Aires under better conditions!
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