Ben Hull travels to Peru's Amazon region, where his first port of call is Iquitos, a town with no connecting roads and where he finds the frenetic pace of life as intoxicating as the heat and humidity. From there Ben embarks on an epic five day trip deep into the mighty rainforest on cruise ship Aria. With his trusted Natural Guides for support Ben explores the wildlife, meets the indigenous people, fishes for piranhas and even wrestles a Caiman out of the water. It's a once in a life time voyage into one of the planet's true natural wonders.
Ben Hull takes to some of the world's most treacherous waters as he rounds Cape Horn. En route, he experiences Santiago, Chile's modern capital and samples some of their most popular wines, before flying south to Punta Arenas in Southern Patagonia, where he learns how to live like a Gaucho. From there, Ben follows in the footsteps of Darwin as he sails for Cape Horn via penguin islands and glacier alleys. The cruise then takes him to Ushuaia in the land of fire; Tierra del Fuego. Finally Ben flies to Buenos Aires, Argentina's bustling capital and home of juicy Parrilla grilled meats and the seductive dance, Tango.
Frank Zappa loved '50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote (like "Memories of El Monte," recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention's fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins). To the unexperienced, songs like "Cheap Thrills," "Deseri," and "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" can sound like an average doo wop song.