About our Pitch
We pedal for the next town. We learn its name maybe just one hour before sunset. We do not know what is going to happen, but we are sure of one thing, there is a great possibility that we will make a new friend here.
My name is Roberto Gallegos and my partner and girlfriend is Annika Wachter. We come from two different realities, cultural, economical and political but we have one powerful thing that unites us more than anything; we love each other.
Through our intercultural experiences we have learned that getting to know your neighboring world citizen can actually change the way you see the world. What is maybe cursed on the T.V is not always true in real life. For example I come from Tijuana, Mexico. Some years ago the media cataloged Tijuana as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. For me that is not all true, even though it does have its problems Tijuana is the city where I grew up. It is the home of my family and friends and most important it is where I have some of the most beautiful memories of all my life. I love my city and would gladly show around the place to any foreigner who comes around. Some years ago, that foreigner was Annika. Now for Annika Tijuana is just not a name she hears in the news, it has become her second home. As for me Bremen is not anymore the place where they brew the Becks beer, but it is also my second home as well.
Annika and I have figured out that what we feel for each other’s “part of the world” cannot be so different from others. That is why we trust in people everywhere we go. Convinced with this idea, that getting to know is like learning to love a little more, we have founded the project Tasting Travels. A project that promotes this activity as a means to strengthen social empathy in the world. We want to invite people to get to know a little more our world, with the hopes that people will learn to love it more.
In order to do so, we have set on an open journey by bicycle in order to prove for ourselves our belief and to share it with the world. We do so by writing a blog that not only centers in our experiences, but in informing in a journalistic matter the people, the places and the cultures that will help promote the good side of the world.
This time we ended in a small town called Sariabat in Turkey. A man allowed us to camp in the garden behind his house under construction. Our neighbors invited us for tea, Aisha and her father Mohammed. Aisha had four children of whom two were twins. They offered us food and drinks, we spent the evening with them. Aisha was eager to see photos of Mexico and I showed her some that Annika still had in her computer. She said she would like to visit someday, I motivated her. The next day came and the whole family was there to say goodbye. Maybe we won& 39;t see them again or maybe we will, we left her our blog address and a couple of days later we sent a letter with prints of the pictures I took of her family. Stories like this make all our cycling worthwhile, because we definitely do not do it for the sport; we do it for the people.
Visit our Website
We would like to invite you to check out our blog in order to get to know what our project is all about. We believe that it is better to talk about what we have done than to talk about what we want to do. We will keep on going in with our travels anyway we can, but we could definitely use a push from people like you that might find our work of some value.
Our Blog: www.tastingtravels.com
We would also like to inform you that we are currently working on a new redesign version of the site, making it better for reading and for surfing it. We believe it is also a good investment that you as our reader deserve.
Why We Need a Push
The resources we get through this program will be invested 100% in better equipment The truth is that we are not equipped with the best, so our bikes, laps and clothing is practically falling apart and we would like to renew it with better quality products. This will enable us not only to keep with our job but to do it better and to get to many other places. In the future we will look to have better bikes to get into some dirty roads. Traveling off the track we can get into smaller villages and experience the real life and culture. Just to give you an idea of what we need we would be a GoreTex jacket for Annika and a new Asus Eee computer for our work. We also need proper sleeping bags, down ones. I have been travelling with a 20 euro 2.2 kg and well it needs an upgrade for the Chinese winter.
In return we will keep publishing articles and be of help whenever you might need travel advice or special information in which ever country you are on. We also invite all of our readers to use our project however you can, be it for academically purposes or just for fun. The young ones are important.
For more information
We have enclosed a JPG presentation and a PDF that will give more detailed information about our project and ourselves. Either way you are always free to contact us through all our social medias, all of them published in our website. On a special note the presentation has some old info, especially concerning on the number of articles we have written and the number of Likes in our Facebook page. Fortunately it is because it is hard to keep up with the growing numbers.