Who is Girl on Bike? Here come the answers of my several friends, whom I asked to complete a sentence “Kasia Zwolak..”:
..has an ability to integrate people around, is active, adventurous, is a bookworm, brave, has capacity to make ideas into actions, is constantly growing, is a cool woman, a culture fan, courageous, curious, cr
azy, energetic, enthusiastic, equality advocate, emotional, free, colourful, a cyclist, comes from Krakow, from Rio, is full of unique experiences and little joys and full of good emotions, generous, a good conversation partner, a good friend, good to be together with, honest, inspiring, interested in Israel, interested in the world and people, involved, mysterious, an outsider, playful, positive, professional, reliable, sad, searching for sense, sharing, smart, smiling, talkative, tired, tolerant, has a warm light inside, is wise.
Girl on Bike is a project which – on one hand – somehow came out of the blue, but on the other – when thinking about it for a little while – has a long story behind. I don’t know where the story has started. And I actually also don’t know where the story will eventually end.
But here is what I can tell you right now!
One sunny day in June 2015 in Jerusalem I was speaking with Asaf, half-Israeli half-British friend of mine. Asaf was telling me this story how he kept moving from one place to another in his life, when eventually I’ve heard “Sevilla”. “Andalusia! This is going to be my next destination” – I thought immediatelly and still listening to Asaf’s story, I already started to create my own new one.
The travel plan seemed to be more and more clear. I kept Google map constantly open, looking at new routes, wondering whether riding around Denmark is a good idea or not. Days were passing by, I slowly moved from Jerusalem down south to Israel. The miracle happened already at the Negev Desert when I met Angela – a girl that cycled all the way from Germany to Israel and was telling me this plan to reach… Rio de Janeiro on bike. “Do it if that’s what you want” – she told me then. And I knew it was already decided.
At certain point I eventually found myself on the Jordanian side of the Red See, where this other girl appeared. Swiss girl named Janin happened to decide about more things that we could simply imagine that sunny morning when we were introduced to each other. She didn’t know that when playing this song…
…she will make me change my mind about the destination of my very first bike trip. Becasue later on, sitting already in a plane from Tel Aviv to Warsaw and listening to this song on and on again, I realized “Andalusia” is not where I want to be. It was clear that my heart beats faster when I think about going back to the Middle East, which is “the direction of birds and direction of love” for me at the moment. And I also realized that the whole route is a route of friends – to name a few of them: Agata (Krakow), Rafal (Katowice), Matthias (Vienna), Tajana (Zagreb), Mirko (Belgrade), Maria (Athens)..
But Janin was another inspiration! A very very important one. Because when she told me her story (which I will keep for myself for now), she made me feel that I wanted to do it. And that’s when I decided to give it a try.
Angela, Janin – you are the two Godmothers of Girl on Bike! Thank you!!
I’m going to share with you all the stories of this travel. And all the stories of other travellers that I will meet on my way who decide to share their stories with me. Because I already know that all those stories will be incredibely inspiring. And there is nothing more inspiring than a good story!
So I take my bike with me and… let the story begin!
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