Miquel silvestre y alicia sornosa

world tour on a bmw motorcycle. top of the world highway

Miquel Silvestre inaugurates a new blog in BMW Riders with a confession that is surprising to say the least. The author of ‘Un millón de piedras’, a successful motorcycle travel book, recognizes himself as an impostor. «I am considered an experienced biker, a hardened traveler and adventurer, perhaps because I have crossed Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia alone. But I confess that I don’t consider myself a biker, nor an adventurer, and if I dare say so, I don’t even consider myself a traveler,» he says.

And back to the people. Motorcycles are one of the best social magnets I know. A foreign biker causes a sensation wherever he goes. He generates curiosity and never distrust. His weakness is his strength. They know that he is vulnerable but that he is brave. That he trusts himself enough to go that far. Almost everyone opens up to him, invites him into their home, offers him food and tells him their story. More interestingly, they want you to photograph them. A traveler on foot or in a car who shows up armed with a camera is always intimidating. As soon as he focuses, people recoil. Almost no one likes to see themselves pointed at by a lens. But as soon as they see the bike, they want you to take a beautiful portrait of them on it.

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the trip with miquel silvestre | alicia sornosa

Quique Arenas 0 Alicia Sornosa27 Ducati23 Interview4 India6 Nepal6The travels of Alicia Sornosa (Madrid, 1973) cannot be understood without a social aid component. On previous occasions, she has been at the side of…

Answer: My brother rides, not my sisters. My sister María now lives in England… The motorcycle has been the means to travel, to move around the city, undoubtedly the best way to make trips, to smell where you pass by, to soak up what surrounds you… that’s why I am passionate about motorcycles.Question: Is it also thanks to your father’s figure that you developed a vocation for journalism?

Answer: Yes, very much so. I was facing an unplanned trip alone. My English was very poor and I had no idea how it was going to turn out. But I had something very positive that pushed me to overcome the vertigo: everything that was going to happen to me would be better than what I was experiencing, so I took the plunge… and it turned out that it was not as difficult as I expected. Question: When you travel to risky places, does the term bravery end up merging with that of unconsciousness?

who i am and what i do: interview español/english

The trips that he proposes on paper are the ones that I like the most by far, I’m hooked by that mixture of travel and history that he combines, but I’m stopped by the «character» that he has created to make them and it gives me some «courage» that having all the wickets and all the help to be great among the greats he throws it away being as he is, or at least appearing to be what he appears to be, creating this rupture with the people who could follow him and help him by buying his books as he would help us by providing us with things to read and I think he is wrong because there are more and more voices that say publicly «I can’t stand this guy» and I don’t buy his books simply because of that, because I can’t stand him, I myself who am a regular consumer of travel books and pages of this style on the internet.

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I think I have summarized what I think and although it has been a somewhat long answer I have not been able to summarize it and make it shorter to express myself well being more concise, is what has not being a writer and deeply envy the next Nadal prize for not having his literary skills, ultimately and you are right is what it’s all about :tongue::tongue:

the route of the forgotten explorers

-And the most boring part? «The United States. The most boring part was from San Francisco to Seattle, I was very lonely. But in Los Angeles I met great people, friends and even a photographer who took some beautiful pictures of me and even let me stay at his house».

-But you already knew how to ride a motorcycle… «Yes, but I didn’t know anything about riding on dirt or off road, and I assure you that to cross Africa is something you need to know because there is not always asphalt. There were parts of Africa that I had a really bad time, they were the first stages, the bike was very heavy and I couldn’t get to grips with it, it was very hard. I was not even able to turn my head at the crossroads, I was scared shitless. At that moment I said to myself: «What a mess I got myself into, what an unconscious person». But little by little I got the hang of it».

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-How many kilometers did you ride a day? «It depended on the country and especially on the roads. In India a whole day with eight hours on the bike I could do 300 kilometers, in the United States in five hours I could do 700 kilometers. In Egypt there was a time when there were no more roads, there were only dirt roads. I have seen all kinds of pavements, some in very bad condition where the bike would go everywhere. I spent three days to do 300 kilometers, I cried every time I got on the bike».

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