TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF
Hey there! I’m Patrick, 25 years old and I live near the beautiful Lake of Constance, somewhere
between the Salem Castle and the Monkeyforest in a 300 souls village (Germany). At an age where most of the people decide to continue school or to start studying a few semesters this and a few semesters that, just to figure out what to do with their lives. I was already sure what I want to do: Learn a job that I really like, travel as much as possible and try to give something back to this beautiful world and its population. So I decided to turn my hobby into a career and became a photographer. One year ago I started my current cycling journey around the world: „Social Cycling“
The principal aim is to support social projects like schools, orphanages, drinking water projects,.. whatever could help needy people. I have different rudiments to implement this ideas. You can find all information on my webpage www.social-cycling.de or www.facebook.com/socialcyclingtheworld
Video about social projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PKb4pqCqTk
Video about the journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHzGPVnPgO8
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED NOW? WHY DID YOU PICK THIS DESTINATION?
Right now, I’m in Iran. I’ve heard so many positive things about the country and its citizens, it became a must to visit this country. Additionally it is located on the classic cycling way to go east.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS LOCATION?
The people are incredibly helpful and friendly, the landscape is stunning, the temperatures are warm, its super easy to travel. But it is a Islamic country, so it´s hard to find beer.
DURING YOUR TRAVELS, WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT?
Once, I woke up before 8 o’ clock in the morning. Fuck, that was early. It took me days to get back to my 12 hours sleep rhythm!
No, seriously, sometimes there are some ups and downs, but always the ups are so high that you immediately forget about the last down.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL MEMORY?
That’s a hard question! The most beautiful memory… My head goes crazy if i try to decide, which one of all this images should be the only one to hang on my memory wall. Was it going out on the Ocean in Indonesia with 3 good Friends, in a small fishing boat, loaded with our surfboards to catch the perfect waves? Crossing Kenya on the Rooftop of a Truck? Climbing the first pitches of „The Nose“ at the El Capitan Mountain in California? Hitchhiking through Armenia with my girlfriend? Having a cay in Morocco with my best friend? Cycling through Albania, or Greece, or turkey or one of all the other countries? Waking up in my Van on the Spanish coastline? The illegal boardercrossing during a sandstorm to Tanzania, to get the perfect photo of a beautiful lake , covered with flamingos? Playing billiard with prostitutes in Thailand? To swipe bread and other food in a luxury Hotel in Dominican Republic to give it to the pore shoe-blacker children on the other side of the fence? Or in the end just a cold beer after a full day of surfing and hiking in Teneriffa?! I have no idea! But one of the most important memories for me is the small school I’ve visited in Kenya in 2011. The „school“ was only one mud floored room with 30 children in three classes, taught by one single teacher in the same time. 70% AIDS orphans, lodged by overwhelmed guest families.. No sanitary facilities. Nothing, but Harrison, a devoted man who gave everything to help the children and to make education possible. I’ve decided to help him. Back in Germany with the help of two good friends, I made streetmusic, multivision shows, we sold pictures, art and music. We collected donations and got many partners for the „Barnabas-Children-Centre“ to support it in a sustainable way. Now, 5 years later, we financed a new school building, an orphanage, a chicken farm, a vegetable plantation, a kitchen, a water pipeline, teachers, support stuff, medicine, food and much more. Over 400 students visit our school now.
That’s something that really impressed me. What a great change can be possible if you start helping on the right approach. Yes, maybe that’s my best memory!
DID YOU EVER FEEL UNSAFE, WHERE AND WHY?
I had one bad experience on my current travel in Armenia. I was cycling alone these days, and I camped in an apple plantation in the middle of nowhere, when a guy, sitting on a donkey, 4 huge shepherd dogs with him, woke me up in the morning. First, he asked me for money or my mobilephone, later he showed up with pushy sexual intrests in me. We had a loud discussion, but in the end he ridden away on his donkey and nothing happend. Just a weird feeling stayed with me for a while. But in general I felt completely save in Armenia, it was just a single asshole that you can find everywhere. Its just what I wrote further above, sometimes there are ups and downs, and also here it was the same. I had tons of good experiences in Armenia and one single bad one.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRANSPORTATION?
My bicycle. The feeling that you have really everything you need, bundled on a single bicycle is gigantic. You are faster than a wandering backpacker, and you are totally independent.
HOW HEAVY IS THE LUGGAGE YOU TRAVEL WITH?
Too heavy. My bike alone weighs around 20kg, my luggage around 40kg.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF 10 YEARS AGO?
Spend more attention in your English lessons, you lazy idiot!
WHAT IS ON YOUR PLANNING TODAY?
Puhh, I try to move my ass out of my hammock to see the worlds largest roofed bazar in Tabriz. Its just 3 km away from me, but it is so incedible confi in my hammock.