If you have been following me for a while now, you would have noticed I love anything that has to do with travelling and visiting new places, however, if you are new here then you can read my blog post on places I would love to visit.I was opportune to interview someone whose travel experiences inspire me. Mr. Victor Scheint has been on a travel vacation for two years and has visited a lot of places in Africa on his very famous bicycle. Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy this story.
My name is Victor Scheint, I am from spain and you can connect with me on my social media platforms: Instagram @biktorin_tour, Facebook @Biktorin.
How was childhood and growing up like for you?
I never wanted to grow up, but, I wanted to make my own money and be independent. There are so many beautiful childhood memories, that deciding to pick one out would be so tough. Nevertheless, there is one I really love and that was when I spent summer with my cousins at my grandma’s place in the southern spain.
What made you embark on this trip and why Africa?
I wanted a change. I wasn’t feeling very fulfilled with my job ; the values of the job and my personal values weren’t aligned so I decided to leave and move to a new environment.
When did you start the trip and how did you feel at the beginning of the trip?
I started biking on 8th May, 2017. At the beginning I was very scared,however, the journey demands and the journey provides.
Do you feel any different now?
I think I take things easier now. The big problems are just in our minds.
How many African countries have you visited and what stands out in these countries?
I have visited fifteen countries and all in all, I can say the diversity of the culture is really beautiful.
What is your view on corruption in Africa?
Corruption is sadly very deep into the african society. People accept it and perpetuate it: I have seen several cases of policemen and military officials taking bribes and as much as I want to condemn them, I have to take to consideration the fact that they have families yet are poorly paid or not paid at all.
What is your view on leadership in Africa?
There are great leaders in Africa, some of them have been sadly murdered, such as Thomas Sankara. Quite unrelated, but sometimes I have the feeling that western countries have interest in instability. No one seems to want a strong Africa, there are still issues of tribalism and division.
What are some of your best and worst moments?
The loneliness was difficult and hard. I had a rifle pointed at me twice on this trip ,but the best moments matter more to me. There were times when I got surprise visits from people and they were always pleasant.
What is your favorite African dish?
Amala with ewedu 😉
If you were to relocate to Africa, which country would you choose?
Mali, I loved it there: the people there have lively spirits.
What are you going to do with your experiences in Africa?
Africa will tell! I will write down some of my memories , meanwhile, I will share some of them on my Instagram.
What do you miss about home?
Family, family,and family.
Would you marry an African?
Yes, most definitely.
How would you rate the African youth when compared with their counterparts in other parts of the world?
This is a very hard question 🙂 I would say the youths here are more optimistic which actually is a key factor to success. However, many people are not motivated or have lost motivation; effort doesn’t guarantee your success, I noticed that over here it is much more important where you came from and who you know than your grades or what you have to offer. People give much more value to products that come from abroad than the ones produced in africa.
What is style to you?
Do I have any? Does world trotter count as one?
Your daily beauty routine?
Trust me travelling by bike makes it hard to pay attention to the beauty.
Blue, it reminds me of the sky and sea.