Ivana and her husband drove over six continents and 55 countries on a motorbike: We were welcomed as kings at home, with trumpeters (PHOTO) (VIDEO)
On a long and uncertain journey around the world they were not afraid of the unknown areas, nor of hot sun, nor rain, nor snow. They only feared of the engine failure
A young married couple, Ivana Colakovska (31) from Macedonia and her husband Manu Torres (35) from Seville, Spain, who drove over the world on a bike in four years, had a royal welcome in Skopje.
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Followed by hundreds of motorbikers, who waited for them on the border, they came to central city square of the Macedonian capital, where they were awaited by parents, family and friends and a surprise, famous trumpeters of the group Dzango Agusev.
They started from Skopje on 17 April 2013, and in four years, they "ran over" six continents. 55 countries, and traveled 147.000 kilometers.
Skopje was their second to last station, after short rest, they will continue their way to Spain, birth country of her husband Manu Torres.
- I am very excited and happy today, but also proud because it wasn't easy traveling around the world on a bike. Even though we had some rough moments, we didn't think about quitting for a second. I didn't expect a welcome like this. When we started this journey exactly four years ago, we went alone, Manu and me. We were sent off by my parents, and today, we were welcomed by hundreds of friends we got thanks to social networks - said Ivana Colakovska.
A stage was placed in their honor on Central city square in Skopje, where few hundreds of people were squeezing, a bottle of champagne was opened and famous trumpeter group of Dzango Agusev was playing for their welcome.
She met Manuel Torres seven years ago on a Greek island, and the love was born, they are inseparable ever since. Motorcycle became their partner, and traveling with it their way of life.
Except knowing to drive one, it is interesting that her husband from Spain, when they started their journey, knew nothing about bikes, he didn't even know how to change the oil. Despite that, the couple in love decided to visit as many countries and areas as possible, to meet different people and cultures and simply to enjoy the beauties of the planet Earth.
- Our goal is to visit as many places as possible. Where we feel nice and pleasant we will stay longer, we will travel by regional roads, not the highway, because the most beautiful and most original places are by those roads, and the people are more hospitable in comparison with larger cities. We won't be using navigation, but only maps, and we will sleep in a tent or with kind people. This travel is a large challenge for us, but when there is great love, nothing will be difficult - said Ivana Colakovska before their journey.
On a long and uncertain journey around the world they were not afraid of the unknown areas, nor of hot sun, nor rain, nor snow. They only feared for their engine could fail, or God forbid, to have a traffic accident. And precisely at the end of 2014 that happened. Ivana broke her leg, but her optimism remained intact, high spirit and belief that she will continue the travel around the world with Manuel when she is healed.
- We moved from the city of Valparaiso, and while we were driving in bad weather on obviously bad road in that part of Patagonia in Chile, we had an accident. I felt a strong pain in my leg, but i kept repeating in myself: "i hope its not broken, its not broken". Unfortunately, i wasn't that lucky. I ended up with nine screws in my leg, told Ivana to her friends on Facebook.
She was lucky, because the accident happened on a mountain area where workers were placing the dynamite to expand the road. They were first to jump to their aid.
When Ivana was better, she sat down on the bike again behind her Manuel.
They went on the journey with little money in their pockets. They didn't sleep in hotels, but in a tent and with good people. They found hospitality with many families, they spent nights in police stations or fire stations, and they had shelter in Buddhist temples and churches.
- We were welcomed nicely everywhere around the world. We had hot meals and bed everywhere, no matter the nation, race, religion or tradition. It was incredible experience. But, they missed their parents, friends, home food and music the most, Ivana confined to us.
(Telegraf.co.uk / D.J.)
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