We are Patri and Stan, two nature lovers who are going to bikepack in Asia for 7-8 months. We have traveled a lot for our own pleasure, and this time we decided to combine pleasure with being productive and hopefully useful. As "Rolling Condoms", we are going to report on environmental issues, on gender equality and reproductive health issues. We will interview local people from different cultures and religions on the way about their views on having kids, family roles and the availability family planning. This will be more than a traveler blog since it is not only going to share our own stories, but stories of people we meet on the way. Follow us for the interviews we make, stories we tell about social and reproductive health and nature!
Departure: July 2021
Planned Route - First Part
We start from Gothenburg, Sweden. and plan to cross Sweden and Estonia on our way to Russia. There, we are going by train for long distances (the Trans-Siberian Railway), making a longer stops at Ural, Lena river and lake Baikal and ends in Japan. Estimated time: 2 months and around 12000 km.
Planned Route - Second Part
The second part is under planning, but we would like to visit the following countries: South-Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Bangladesh. Estimated time: 6 months.
We decided to go on this trip since we love traveling and we want to make difference in the places we visit. Our love to biking and fact, that it is the most environmentally-friendly way of transportation made our choice obvious. We aim to make environmental impact of this trip as low as we can, so no air transport whenever alternative available. Bicycling is our main (Stan's almost exclusive) mode of transportation in the places we live as well.
The idea adding some "extra" to our journey, namely the mission of reporting on family planning and environmental issues on the way, comes from being environmentally concerned. After researching the environmental impacts of human population size and growth rate, we are convinced, that it may be at the root of environmental crisis we are facing now. It contributes to all of main current problems, starting from natural habitat loss and degradation and ending with climate change and plastic pollution.
Yet, the contribution of the continuous global population growth to those problems is neglected by most of the environmentalists. We do believe that by empowering and educating women and securing the human right to safe and affordable contraceptives, we can avoid the large part of unwanted pregnancies that still consists 40% of all pregnancies around the world. Since condom is the simplest, contraceptive symbolizing our ability to choose how many children we want, and when we want them, we chose the name "Rolling Condoms". With well informed decisions and ability for girls and women to decide on their body, we could avoid millions of unwanted pregnancies and secure more bright, equal and prosperous future!
We are a newlywed couple, staying in Budapest, Hungary at the moment.
Stan is coming from Ukraine, Patri is from Hungary. We met in an Estonia in 2014, in one of the loveliest student towns, Tartu. We both started our studies by studying biology, but Stan became a chemical engineer. Patri is a biologist, worked in the field of human ecology for more than two years, but also loves to work as a field ecologist in Hungarian forests. Since Estonia, we lived in many places in Europe, together or separately, and now after few years living Sweden we ended up in Budapest, attending university programs again. Patri is studying to be a biology teacher on a high school level and Stan is doing his PhD in analytical chemistry.
We had several major road adventures, but our favorite trip was the one to South-America few years ago. We had amazing adventures in the Andes and the rainforests, stayed at couchsurfers and tried to learn as much as we could about locals, their culture and way of living. This was where we decided that on the next big trip we should not only spend time as tourists taking from locals, but also to give back and to make a difference by our trip,
For future we imagine to settle somewhere in a beautiful and fertile place, to have a permaculture garden, a naturally built and and mostly self-sufficient house and one biological and an adopted child.
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