Snezana Radojicic: Coming back to her dreams with a little help of bicycle

~ Milica Puric ~ 

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Snezana Radojicic in Cambodia

“My story is the story about a woman from the Balkans (south of Europe) who didn’t want to live a conventional life. This is the story about a girl who wanted to do what makes her happy and who dared to do that in her 40s, after a solid career in business. This is the story about the woman who cut everything and went on the journey without anyone’s support and with the man she barely knew. This is also the story about a possibility of changing your life, returning to your dreams and their realizations… Without false modesty, I can say that my story pushed the boundaries.”

6. Hong Kong

Snezana discovered a jewel of nature in the mountains around Hong Kong city

That is how Snezana Radojicic, a professor of World and Yugoslav literature from Belgrade and the woman who has ridden a bicycle around the world since 2011, talks about herself. Her story is indeed incredible. So far, she has visited 40 countries on her bicycle and crossed more than 30.000 miles, although her journey started with trouble. She said that during her first year everything that could go wrong went wrong. At one point, she found herself without money and without a boyfriend, who was her bicycle partner. Later, things became better and today she writes about her bike trips on her Facebook profile where more than 14.000 people follow every step on her trip. Each post she writes got always hundred of comments — people give her support, encourage her, root for her, cheer her up and ask questions about everything and anything. Also few thousand people follow her and read about her cycling adventures on her blog . 22. Flores, Indonezija

With local kids in Flores, Indonesia

Since the middle of December 2016, Snezana has a new address: the island of Zamami in Japan.
When I last interviewed Radojicic, she was visiting Nepal. That was a time when she began writing her book, which she has published in the meantime.
Snezana Radojicic: We talked somewhere between 2013-14. In that time I was writing a book, travel novel “Wheel me around the world” my first book about traveling. The book “Nomad,” which was released in 2016, continues the story where I stood in the first book and follows my “rolling” through Turkey. I published the book “Crossing the Himalayas and Gobi.” These are two travel stories about crossing the Himalayan ridge Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters above sea level, and then rolling through the Gobi Desert, what I did in October 2013 and April 2014.

21. Komodo, Indonezija

With komodo dragon at Komodo island in Indonesia

My journey lasts continuously since 2011, but I cannot cover everything with writing. I just finished a 3 ½ month tour through Japan, from the northernmost point on the island of Hokkaido and to the southernmost island of Kyushu. From there I went with a ferry to Okinawa, and now I am on the small island Zamami. Here I’m resting a little more than a month, and I’m trying to write a travel book about Japan. However, it will take much more time for this than I thought. I came here because I still didn’t want to leave Japan and Okinawa is located in the subtropical climate, which is extremely important for me, since I can’t afford such an expensive hotel accommodation in this expensive country.

8. Vijetnam

Typical street in Vietnam

Urban Culture Tribe: How do you get ready for the trip around the world? What do you need to do in order to be completely ready? How do you finance your trips?
Snezana Radojicic: There are no preparations for the trip because I live on the road and this is my way of living for the last five years. I rent my small apartment in Belgrade and sell my books — that’s how I finance my journey. I used to write for one portal abroad and they paid me for that. But in February I will start to teach English in one Chinese school in order to earn money for further trips. Since I don’t have sponsors, I have to figure something out.

11. Malezija

Malaysia – bike, tent, equipment… She has everything what she needs…

Urban Culture Tribe: Recently you posted a video on Facebook talking with a huge smile on your face (from a very small tent) about low temperatures outside and rain that was pouring for a third day. Those circumstances would break most people and they would probably give up, but you look very happy. What differentiate you from other people? How do you overcome hard circumstances like coldness, rain, life without electricity? 

42. Desert Gobi, Mongolia

Empty and amazing at the same time – Desert Gobi in Mongolia

Snezana Radojicic: When you wander around the world and live as a nomad, you become one with nature and weather changes. Simply, you know you can’t do anything except to protect yourself as much as possible and wait (for bad circumstances) to pass. Because everything passes at the end.

Kapadokija, Turska

Another breathtaking scene – Cappadocia, Turkey 

There is no benefit of being upset and there is no place for fear because you can’t do this and be afraid of storms and monsoons. I always start with the assumption, what is the worst thing that can happen to me? Wind can rip my tent, I can be wet from the rain, something can destroy my equipment, and then I say to myself: It is OK, everything is fixable. Therefore, it is much better to observe any situation from the fun perspective. Of course, that is not always the case, sometimes I get mad because of bad luck, but that quickly disappears — nature just teaches you to accept things as they happen.

55. Shrine of monkeys, Nepal

Attraction for kids – Shrine of monkeys in Nepal 

Urban Culture Tribe: You got a lot of support and encouragement from your Facebook friends. Did people finally understand your way of living?

66. Sukhotai, Tayland

Abandoned temple in  Sukhotai, Tayland

Snezana Radojicic: A lot of things have changed since the time I started. In that moment, that was an incomprehensible idea for most of people. There was a lot of pity, people were betting that I would not succeed, and I had just a little bit of support. And very often there was a skepticism behind that weak support. Meanwhile, I went through 40 countries, passed more than 30,000 miles, survived the fact that I became single along the way and without any source of income. My story has outgrown the framework of personal venture, and I am very happy that many people found an inspiration for some of their important decisions, which changed their lives for the better.

68. Tiger Temple, Tayland

Dangerous and surprisingly friendly tigers in ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand

Urban Culture Tribe: You’ve been in Turkey, Greece, China, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, Mongolia, Cambodia … and now you’re in Japan. Where will you travel after Japan?

69. Bangkok, Thailand

Typical scene from Bangkok, Thailand

Snezana Radojicic: As I already said I will teach English in China in order to earn money and continue my trip. I hope I will write a travel story about Japan, and I plan to write a novel about young Serbian immigration in China. All in all, I’ve been in that country for seven months on three occasions, and I got to know the country from a traveler’s perspective. Now we’ll see how it will be from the perspective of someone who lives and works here.

71. Kambodia

And finally – a little break during Snezana’s trip in Cambodia

Urban Culture Tribe: Will you travel all around the world on a bicycle?
Snezana Radojicic: My journey is specific because I don’t have strict goals, in terms of miles, number of countries, routes. … I go where I want to go and where I can regarding visas and finance, and then stay for a long time traveling the country and getting to know it. Therefore, I do not know if I’ll have time to go visit entire world, since I am now 50! But I hope I will be able to see a bigger slice of the planet.
You can follow Snezana Radojicic on Facebook, and you can also find her personal blog where she writes about her cycling adventures at her webiste and her blog . Also, you can buy her books on Amazon.

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39. Bali, Indonezija

Prelepo ostrvo Bali u Indoneziji (Beautiful island Bali in Indonesia)

“Ovo je priča o ženi sa Balkana koja nije želela da živi konvencionalnim životom, već da radi ono što nju čini srećnom, i koja se na to usudila u svojim četrdesetim, nakon solidne karijere u biznis vodama. I krenula bez sredstava, bez podrške i sa čovekom kog jedva da je i poznavala. U prvih godinu dana krenulo je naopako sve što je moglo da krene naopako, pa je ostala sama i bez novca. To je priča o mogućnosti promene svog života, o povratku svojim snovima i njihovom ostvarenju. Bez lažne skromnosti, moja priča pomerila je mnoge granice.”

93. Turkey

Neverovatna scena iz Turske (Unbelievable scene – Turkey, Cappadocia)

Ovako govori o sebi Snežana Radojičić, profesor svetske i jugoslovenskih književnosti, iz Beograda, žena koja od 2011. godine obilazi svet na biciklu. Ona je do sada posetila 40-ak zemalja i prešla 50.000 kilometara! O svojim biciklističkim putešestvijima govori na svom Facebook profilu gde je prati više od 14.000 ljudi! Svaki njen post ima na stotine komentara – ljudi joj daju podrsku, bodre je, hvale, čude se, dive joj se, zapitkuju je o svemu i svačemu… Takodje nekoliko hiljada ljudi prati je i cita o njenim biciklistickim avanturama na njenom blogu.

89. Russia

Spomenik Mamev Kurgan je spomenik u čast poginulih u Staljingradskoj bici u Rusiji (Mamev Kurgan monument in honor of killed soldiers in the Battle of Stalingrad in Russia)

Poslednjih mesec dana Snežana boravi u Japanu, na ostvru Zamami. Kada smo poslednji put pravile intervju za jedne novine, pre nekoliko godina, Snežana je provodila vreme u Nepalu. To je bilo vreme kada je počinjala sa pisanjem knjige koju je u medjuvremenu objavila.

Ostvro Zamami, Japan

Ostvro Zamami u Japanu gde je Snežana boravila u toku decembra 2016. i januara 2017. (The island Zamami, Japan, where Snezana spent December 2016 and half of January 2017)

Snežana Radojičić: “Mi smo pričale negde 2013/14. Tada sam pisala knjigu “Zakotrljaj me oko sveta”. Ta knjiga govori o samim počecima mog putovanja u toku prvih osam meseci. Knjiga “Nomad”, koja je izašla 2016, nastavlja priču tamo gde sam u prvoj knjizi stala i prati moje kotrljanje kroz Tursku. Objavljena je i knjiga “Preko Himalaja i Gobija”, to su dva putopisa o prelasku preko himalajskog prevoja Thorung La, na 5416 mnv, i potom kotrljanju kroz pustinju Gobi, što sam izvela u oktobru 2013. I aprilu 2014. Moje putovanje traje neprekidno od 2011, samo što u pisanju ne uspevam da sve to ispratim. Upravo sam završila troipomesečnu turu dužinom Japana, kako sam je nazvala, jer sam pošla od najsevernije tačke na ostrvu Hokaido i vozila do najjužnije na ostrvu Kjušu. Odatle sam ferijem prešla na Okinavu, a sad sam na malom ostrvu Zamami, gde se odmaram nešto više od mesec dana i pokušavam da napišem putopisnu knjigu o Japanu. Međutim, biće potrebno mnogo više vremena za to nego što sam mislila. Ovde sam došla jer mi se još uvek nije napuštao Japan, a Okinava se nalazi u području suptropske klime, što je meni veoma bitno, budući da ne mogu da sebi priuštim smeštaj u ovako skupoj zemlji, nego kampujem.

China

Prizor iz Kine (The scene from China) 

Urban Culture Tribe: Sta sve moraš da uradiš kako bi bila kompletno spremna za put? Kako se finansijski pripremaš?
Snežana Radojičić: Nema priprema za putovanje, pošto ja živim na putu, ovo je moj način života već pet godina. Svoje petogodišnje putovanje finansiram od izadavnja malog stana u Beogradu i prodaja knjiga. Jedno vreme sam pisala za jedna inostrani portal i to je bilo honorisano. No, od februara ću početi da predajem engleski u jednoj školi u Kini kako bih zaradila za dalje. Pošto nemam sponzore, moram da se snalazim.
Urban Culture Tribe: Na Facebooku si objavila video u kome sa velikim osmehom na licu objasnjavaš (iz malenog šatora) da napolju kiša lije već tri dana i da je hladno. Za razliku od drugih ljudi koje bi u takvoj situaciji vremenske nepogode, hladnoće i kiše slomile i koji bi verovatno odustali, ti na video snimku sijaš i izgledaš presrećno. U čemu je razlika izmedju tebe i ostatka sveta? Kako savladavaš objektivno teške situacije (hladnoću, kišu, život bez struje…)?

15. Malezija

Znak upozorenja u Maleziji: radi se o industrijskim palminim poljima gde je zabranjen prilaz (Warning sign in Malaysia in front of fields of palms where  access is forbidden)

Snežana Radojičić: Kada živite kao nomad i stalno se potucate, jer ovo jeste vid potucanja, srodite se sa prirodom i sa vremenskim promenama. Naprosto, znate da vi tu ništa ne možete da uradite, osim da se zašitite koliko možete i da čekate da prođe. Jer sve na kraju prođe. Od nerviranja nema svrhe, a strahu tek nema mesta, jer ne možete ovo raditi i bojati se monsuna ili oluja. Ja pođem od pretpostavke šta je najgore što mi se može desiti: da mi vetar pocepa šator, da budem mokra do gole kože, ta upropastim opremu – i onda kažem, ok, sve se to da popraviti. Stoga, mnogo je bolje posmatrati takvu situaciju iz zabavnog ugla. Naravno, nije to uvek slučaj, nekad se i ja iznerviram i ljutim zbog lose sreće, ali brzo me prođe – priroda vas naprosto nauči da prihvatate stvari kako se dešavaju.
Urban Culture Tribe: Prijatelji te bodre i hrabre Facebooku. Da li im je tvoja ideja putovanja i obilaska sveta na biciklu postala malo pristupačnija? Da li se svet navikao na tebe?

48. Desert Gobi, Mongolia

Ponekad ima i malo smrzavanja – pustinja Gobi u Mongoliji  (Some days could be really cold – scene from desert Gobi in Mongolia) 

Snežana Radojičić: Mnogo toga se promenilo u odnosu na vreme kada sam ja krenula. Tada je to većini bila nepojmljiva ideja, bilo je tu sažaljevanja, opklada da neću uspeti, i vrlo malo podrške, mada je i tad često u pozdaini bila skepsa. U međuvremenu, ja sam prošla kroz četrdesetak zemalja, prešla 50.000 hiljada kilometara, izdržala to što sam ostala sama na putu, potom i kada sam ostala bez ikakvog izvora prihoda. Priča se proširila i nadrasla okvire ličnog podviga. Jako sam srećna što su mnogi ljudi u ovome našli inspiraciju za neke svoje važne odluke, kojima su promenili svoje živote na bolje.
Urban Culture Tribe: Bila si u Turskoj, Grčkoj, Kini, Nepalu, Tajlandu, Hong Kongu, Maleziji, Vijetnamu, Singapuru, Rusiji, Mongoliji, Kambodzi, a sada si u Japanu. Gde putuješ posle Japana?

104. Sicily, Italy

Slika pored cuvenog fiće na Siciliji (Famous ‘fica’ car in Sicily, Italy) 

Snežana Radojičić: Rekoh gore da ću neko vreme predavati engleski u Kini, kako bih skupila novac za nastavak. Nadam se da ću dotle napisati i putopis o Japanu, a imam u planu da napišem i roman o našim ljudima u Kini, gde imamo brojnu mladu emigraciju. Ja sam do sada putovala ukupno sedam meseci po Kini, u tri navrata, i upoznala sam je iz te putničke perspektive. Sad ćemo videti kako će biti iz ugla nekog ko tu živi i radi.
Urban Culture Tribe: Hoćes li obići ceo svet na biciklu?

Snezana and local Kyrgyzstan women.

Snežana kaže da je na ovoj slici sa jednom ženom iz Kirgizije. “Ženama u naselju Jurti bila sam veoma zanimljiva i sve vreme su dolazile da pričaju sa mnom i štošta me zapitkuju. Verujem da su prvi put srele ženu koja putuje sama i to još biciklom!” (With a woman from Kyrgyzstan. Snezana said local women were very interested in her and they often came to talk to her and asked her many questions. ‘This is probably the first time they saw a woman who travels alone and on the bicycle!’)

Snežana Radojičić: Moje putovanje je specifično i po tome što ja nemam neke zacrtane ciljeve, u smislu kilometara, broja zemalja, rute… Idem gde želim i gde mogu zbog viza i finansija, a onda ostajem dugo putujući tom zemljom i upoznajući je. Stoga, ne znam da li ću imati vremena da na ovaj način obiđem ceo svet, budući da je meni sad pedeset. Ali nadam se da ću uspeti da vidim veće parče planete.

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Fotografija nakon prelaza Thorung La Passa na Himalajima. (After crossing Thorung La pass on Himalayas) 

O Snezaninim putovanjima mozete citati na njenom blogu i vebsajtu a njene knjige mozete kupiti u Laguni.

9 thoughts on “Snezana Radojicic: Coming back to her dreams with a little help of bicycle

  1. Anonymus

    Dok mi razmisljamo da li da izadjemo napolje jer je prohladno, ova zena je obisla svet na biciklu, spavajuci u satoru, ziveci kao nomad. Ipak, obisla je svet i to je njeno najvece bogatstvo!

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  2. Alexandar the Great

    Citao sam ranije o njoj i bio odusevljen. Treba imati mnogo psihicke i fizicke snage da se neko odluci da krene na ovakav put. mogu samo da yamislim koliko je uzbudljivo, mada verujem da joj nije blo lako sve vreme…

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  3. Anonymous

    amazing! She must be very brave lady. LOve photos, especially photos from Mongolia, Turkey… Amazing!!!

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  4. Miodrag

    Pored divljenja hrabrosti i izdrzljivosti u ostvarivanju svojih ideja, cudim se kako je resavala tehnicke probleme, na primer kvarove na biciklu… Koliko je bicikala promenila na svom dugom putu?

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  5. Connie Rudolph

    Turkey, Greece, China, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, Mongolia, Cambodia… Wow, just wow!!

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