She moves using her own power power and everything she has fits on the scooter rack. She tries to see for herself whether the world is really as it appears from the media, what we really need to be satisfied and what serves only to maintain consumerism.
Since November 2015, when she left her career of a graphic designer and her apartment, she has travelled nearly 57,000 km on a scooter. She has left the countries of Europe behind, traversed the Turkish steppes, the hot deserts of Iran, the snowy Pamir Highway, the Taklamakan Desert feared by ancient pilgrims, the Tibetan Plateau, the humid tropics of Southeast Asia and the islands of Indonesia, to arrive on the shores of Australia on April 9.
Australia brought Bladine not only further challenges, such as temperatures around 40°C, endless distances and zigzagging between large fires, but also the longed-for peace, solitude and harmony with nature. Her Australian journey was ended after a year by the covid-19 pandemic, but even then Blandine did not give up her search for a better way of life. She settled down, unplugged from networks and is now dedicated to building a self-sufficient garden.
“I can’t tell you how much Dragstr has become a part of me. But unfortunately, I need to leave it here in Australia. It is hard, and perhaps also very symbolic. I am giving it as a gift to people, who let me stay at their cottage in Ceduna. Travelling across three continents has taught me a lot, not only about the world, but also about myself. The experience I have gained is like a seed that will soon germinate into a slightly better world.”