有兴趣可以去看看他们的旅行博客 Monkey Kings: http://monkeykings.jimdo.com/
A Bavarian and a South Tyrolean guy met in Shanghai, and they gradually fell in love because of the common passion for motorbike so they ran away together for a big adventure back to Europe… Oh no no no, that’s not the real story, just my fantasy, I always joke about it with them, hahaha.
So here comes the real story: In my design firm, I was working with Matthias the Bavarian guy from Germany and Chris the South Tyrolean guy from Italy. After few years living in Shanghai, they thought their adventure in China had to come to an end, so they came up with a creative idea for going back home – a journey to the west from China to Europe by motorbike.
Before they left, I visited their motorbike workshop couple times, it was super exciting to see how they did the modifications to the bikes. Think big, get your hands dirty, do prototype for testing, make modifications, get real connections to the process, and make things happen… and also most importantly have fun! That’s how they prepared it. It’s going to be a trip of the lifetime, and I am so happy I can be a very small part of it by documenting it.
Matthias and Chris are on the road already since end of July 2014, and now stuck in Uzbekistan temporarily because one of the bike needs some repair. They are waiting for some parts sending from Taobao in China. The famous Taobao… well, I used to joke with them that they should get a sponsorship from Taobao before, haha you see Alibaba just listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange few days ago, a good chance to propose them to enter Europe:D maybe…hahaha
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Here are some photos from their workshop and followed with Matthias’s interview:
Let’s meet Matthias:
And let’s meet Chris:
OneEyeCat’s interview with Matthias:
Q1. What was your childhood dream? What about now?
M: As a child i didn’t think too much about the future and had no idea about the world out there. I was more concerned about how my next Lego spaceship would look like.
Q2. What’s your motivation of moving to Shanghai from Europe before?
M: Mainly the job. But I have always been a big fan of Asia and interested in Asian culture and stuff. Mainly weird Japanese shit. Honestly in the beginning I thought Shanghai is in Japan. Then I thought… Pretty close… Can’t be that different. Guess how surprised I was. But i loved it.
Q3. How did you come up with the idea of this motorbike trip from Shanghai to Germany? What is the motivation?
M: Living in China made such a major dent in my life and changed my view on quite a few things. So leaving China and flying home in 12 hrs.. That’s it? Didn’t sound like the right thing to do.
Chris and I were chatting about this one day… Then we said, why don’t we just drive home over lands? Sounded like a joke at the time but we shook hands on it and promised to really do it this time… Not just have it one of our many stupid plans that never happen. First we planned to do that by car as I didn’t have a motorbike license at that point. Also because motorbiking is crazy dangerous and so on… Then we did a one week bike trip in Palawan in Philippines and the car was never mentioned again.
Q4. How long did you prepare the trip? What is the most difficult part during the preparation; is there any unexpected problem or funny story to share?
M: Roughly it took a year. As I mentioned earlier I don’t have a motorbike license so the most difficult thing was to get both, a German and a Chinese drivers license. It took me quite some effort to get them, went through a lot of trouble, but all the hard work is worth doing!
Q5. What is your most memorable Shanghai moment?
M: There are too many. Best thing in Shanghai is that you are always entertained when u leave the door. Sometimes in a good, sometimes in a bad way – Never gets boring.
M答: 淘宝 – 我们这次旅行几乎所有的装备都是淘宝上买的。你想得到的他们都有，你想不到的也有。
Q6. If you could bring one thing from Shanghai back to your hometown, what would that be?
M: Taobao – we got almost all our gear for the trip from there. They have everything – and more.
M答: 音乐。我希腊朋友John给我制作了一个超大的歌单，超级期待的。我iPad上有几本我一直都想读的电子书。但我觉得可能时间不太够用。我驾车时有时会听语音书以及Podcasts。或许我能最终听完最后一集Game of Thrones的语音书。
Q7. What is your current album/book/movie? Will you bring any of them for the road?
M: Music. My friend John the Greek made me a huge playlist. Looking forward to that. I have a few books on my iPad that i wanted to read for a while. But i am afraid there wont be enough time… Sometimes I listen to audiobooks and Podcasts during driving. Maybe I can finally finish the last Game of Thrones audiobook.
M答: Well, 这一次，我希望每一天都能够看见不同的东西，去不同的地方，遇见不同的人。我本身是个没有耐心的人，所以我希望这次旅途中自己可以学着变得更加放松，随遇而安… 但最重要的是进行一次大冒险，以及一堆小冒险。
Q8. Are you expecting anything particular from the trip? What is on the top of the ‘to do list’ of this trip if you have one?
M: Well. For once I hope to see different things and places, meet interesting people everyday. I am very inpatient. So maybe I gonna learn to be a bit more relaxed and just go with the flow… But mainly it’s about having a big adventure and a lot small ones.