wtorek, 7 sierpnia 2012

23-year road trip. Mr. Holtorf, you are my top inspiration!

You might have heard about this guy already. Back in 1989, when the communism in central Europe collapsed, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine decided to go to Africa for an 18-month trip. They packed what they needed into their blue Mercedes Benz Wagon and... never came back. Christine passed away some time ago, but Gunther continues their trip, which so far took 23 years and 800 000 km (500 000 miles). He is 74 now, doesn't use a Facebook, Twitter and digital camera. He owns two super retro Leicas and travels by the very same car.

Isn't it mind-blowing? It's one of those things that make me super excited, and unable to find words to describe how cool it is. How is it possible, that no one has heard about him before!? It's such a story, and he managed to escape from all those media predators, sponsors, blogs (ekhm), breakfast TV shows, glossy magazines... If this guy is 74 now, it means that he started the trip when he was 51. (The next person who says "I'd love to do it, but I'm too old for it" gets a high five. In the face. With a chair). He repairs the car when it gets broken (which doesn't happen often, they have never had any major accident, long live German technology). He is perfectly fine without Internet (and, ekhem, let's say blogging). He was travelling with a love of his life. How cool is that!? You can read more about him here:

2 komentarze:

  1. Hej Marta! Z tej strony Kuba, poznalismy sie podczas euro. Stracilem wszystkie swoje kontakty w telefonie, a to jest chyba jedyna platforma przez ltora moge sie z Toba skontaktowac. Prosze, odezwij sie do mnie :-)