When we travelled around Europe in 2012, we wanted to prove that two lame people can drive by car over 17 thousand kilometres. We didn’t want to dispose of any dependency and to avoid involvement of others. Asking for help is something natural, for those who travel on their feet and those on wheelchairs. Then, we wanted something more, to be independent from ourselves, to be a free spirit and to be able to look at the world with the eyes and ears of people that we meet. We were learning this during a few months’ journey, and we brought this back home.
Setting off on the first journey, it is really difficult to finish it, reach a destination and come back. Once we start, the journey will never end. Each next journey seems to be a continuation of a previous one, coming back home is only a temporary situation, preparations for another journey. Perhaps we are only on a road, no matter what. This time we want to go even further, experience Another World. We have been planning a journey to South America for a few months, which will take us almost half a year.
What is the reason for this trip?
Reaching destination is not the only important thing in travelling. The goal itself is also a journey. Deep into the land, deep into ourselves. Journey always helps to learn something – about us and relations with other people. As disabled people, we will have to face many difficulties, that we want to overcome, because passion for travelling is a question of mind and not body. Realizing this project, we want to show disabled people, as well as people who are not disabled that nothing is impossible. A desire to discover new World is more important than hardship of a journey, this hardship is only its element, not an obstacle. We create the obstacles ourselves – by lack of faith, imagination and motivation.
Above all, we want to be constantly on the move and experience thousands of images. It is also about silence and whirr of an engine, reaching a destination and coming back. It is about meeting new people and understanding ourselves, about distance and covering it. It is also about the wheelchair and battling with our own disability, as well as with the body and mind. It is about believing that we can do it. And if we can’t, we should still believe it.
Nagroda im. Andrzeja Zawady:
Za przygotowanie projektu wheelchairtrip_2016 z rąk Kapituły Kolosów otrzymaliśmy nagrodę im. Andrzeja Zawady. Nagroda jest przyznawana od 2002 roku, fundatorem jest Miasto Gdynia. To jedyne w swoim rodzaju wyróżnienie, którego laureaci, młodzi podróżnicy, którzy nie przekroczyli 35 roku życia, otrzymują zarówno rekomendację niezależnej Kapituły złożonej z podróżniczych autorytetów jak i realne wsparcie finansowe pomagające w realizacji projektu wymarzonej wyprawy.