The Dutch traveler who has already traveled to 57 countries is in San Juan

On the corner of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento pedestrian street, Alex Pluegmierz sat on a suitcase that had been with him for years. There it carries everything you need for your travels. He calls it his home because it is the only thing he owns. At 67 years old, he has traveled to 57 countries with the goal of reaching his 70th birthday.

He’s Dutch and he’s in San Juan on the way. It arrived in South America in 2016, starting in Panama. From there he started walking south and visiting different countries. The goal is to get to 70 before you hit 70. He explained that his profession is “global traveler, I live by loving people.”

The dream started when I was 17 years old. Routine life did not suit him, so he decided to take advantage of the appropriate moment to leave his city of Eindhoven, located in the Dutch province of North Brabant. “I was always adventurous, and I knew all of Europe, Asia and North America.”


He is the youngest of three brothers, but he confirmed that he no longer talks to them because they live a very traditional life. He does not have a job as such but dedicates himself to whatever fate puts before him to continue his journey. The only thing she had was her suitcase, which she called home, and in which she made most of the trip. Now he is in San Juan.

Without much charisma to highlight him, he defined the province as a beautiful city. He has been traveling through Argentina for 3 years and 9 months. Now it’s time to fly to San Luis, then it will continue its journey to Ushuaia and then back to Cuyo. The thing is, he will travel from Mendoza to Chile.

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After finishing in Chile, you will fly to Costa Rica to visit all of Central America. When the media asked him what Alex’s life would be like when I could finally visit all 70 countries, he replied that he would write about it.

Since he began his journey around the world, he has written each of his stories in cities and ended up living in Canada. “I’m a writer and traveler.”


So now he is in San Juan for an indefinite period. He stands in the middle of the pedestrian street holding a sign that says “My dream is to go to Ushuaia.” So the people of San Juan stop by, ask him about his story, donate the single ticket, and move on.

Freddie Dawson

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