Bike Travellers Interviews: Ulises & Maria (USE SUBTITLES FOR ENGLISH)

Bike Travellers Interviews: Ulises & Maria (USE SUBTITLES FOR ENGLISH)


Here we are with fellow bike travellers that I’ve met on the road what’s your name? Maria Ulises nationality? Spanish Mexican where did you start travelling from? Mexico what’s your itinerary? we started in Bogota [Colombia] then we got to Venezuela we travelled around Venezuela for a month and half then we crossed into Colombia from La Guajira border we’re now in Colombia and plan to get to Ecuador next after Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and the go back up: Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasil Central America y finally Mexico at the beginning the plan was to cycle through south america now we extended the plan to central america on our way back before starting travelling did you save money? we have save some money for a future trip and those fund we dont want to use them right now so we’re trying to make money while travelling making belts recycling used bike tires yes, actually our saving were about 50US$ personally that’s what I’ve saved and that’s what I keep aside for any emergency I might have but travelling you realise you can actually support the trip with funds you gather selling those artisan things to make or simply doing some work specifically what artisan products do you guys make? we make belts recycling used bike tires and that’s how we support our travelling is there anything else you use to support your trip for example how to find accommodation or food? Yes we do. we camp a lot and usually ask houses or farms permission to camp outside their properties or we simply wild camp in nature we ask food collaboration to restaurants when they are about to close at noon as well we ask if they can collaborate with some food as well here in Colombia when we ask to camp outside some house usually they also invite us for a bit of food people are lovely and usually offer us dinner and breakfast what’s your daily budget, an average spending in a given day how much we spend? there are lots of days we dont spend anything there are other days where we might need to buy bike spare parts or something like that we could be spending, I dont know…1UD$ ? an average expenditure of 1US$ per day then how much did your bike cost? both bikes cost 300US$ 300USD$ each? less. with the dollar/peso exchange he gets confused! about 150US$ each 300US$ for both of them? yes for both. do you have a word or suggestion for someone that is thinking about travelling by bike but he/she is a bit fearful or doesnt have any money or time I think the most difficult part is when someone is trying to start the journey once you start you realize that the life on the road is actually pretty easy that one’s needs less things to live and to live well and live happy as well as during the trip one’s goes leaving fears behind and those deterrents that are only living in one’s mind in our brains, and that we can overcome them little by litte what’s something you’ve learnt travelling? it could be a skill or mental development or spiritual that one’s can do more than he/she thinks that life isnt complicated and it’s all very simple and that one’s can do whatever travelling is nothing but monotonous you’re constantly learning from when you wake up till when you go to sleep everything you do is learning. it could be learning how to cook, some thoughts that someone is sharing you’re always always learning the landscapes you see, the animals you meet you never get tired of learning in the trip a final greeting for the people that are watching us Cheer up and whenever you decide to travel by bike know that you only need your legs and a bike nothing else or just your legs even. Find enjoyment in the game of travelling! Thank you to our friends Ulises & Maria. Safe Travels! Ciao! Chao!

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