About Me

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Name: Bjorn

Age: 36

Job: Photographer

 

 

 

Prior to this trip I was based in London/UK. As a working photographer, my photographs have been widely published in magazines and advertising campaigns around the world – most recently in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. And with a bit of luck, I still had some photography jobs come through to boost my travel funds – the most fun job being a commission to take panoramic images for some "FIFA World Cup" advertorials on ESPN.

But the first vague idea for this trip developed long before my life as a photographer (and also before the often-asked 'Long Way Round'): after a 3-month backpacking journey through South East Asia and Australia, I realized that if I was to go travelling again, I wanted to be more independant from busses, trains and taxis.

Early childhood & adolescence memories contributed towards the idea of travelling on two wheels: I remember prepping up an old, rusty fold-up bicycle to 'BMX standard' by gaffa-taping bits of foam around the frame (6-year-olds can have A LOT of imagination). And I certainly won't forget that moment back in the early 90s, when I first saw Honda's legendary Africa Twin parked in front of our local supermarket.

Changing coolant and checking waterpump

In 2007, planning got a bit more serious. I started taking Motorcycle Maintenance lessons at Hackney Community College in London, and swapped my trusted Kawasaki ER-5 for my travel bike: a BMW F650 Dakar (named 'Dolly', because of the sheep-skin in the seat bench).

 

 

Riding in the Back Forest

Straight after getting the F650, I took some offroad-training in the North of Germany (with Bernd von Zitzewitz) – followed by short trips through Germany, the Pyrenees and England's Lake District.

For some people it might be hard to imagine quitting a good job and leaving for an open-ended around the world motorcycle journey.
I certainly had some doubts every now and then, wondering whether this was such a good idea. But these last doubts were taken away when a friend of mine put things into perspective: Sometimes you've got to escape your comfort zone and do what feels right. Who knows what tomorrow brings anyway?