On the Move (2018 | Issue 1)

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Indo-German Collaborations | Indo-German Ties

Cultural exchanges between two countries are a most enriching and interesting experience. People-to-people interactions go a long way in enhancing understanding on a personal and national level. What’s Up, Germany? takes a look at a few Indians and Germans whose travels have built bridges. And we have our very own trio from the German Embassy New Delhi, The Mad Eagles, who plan to drive an auto rickshaw from Kochi to Jaisalmer—all for a good cause!

World Bicycle Tour

Imke Frodermann and Ralph Lang, a German couple on a round-the-world cycling trip, finally reached Varanasi in January 2018 after setting out from the United States in August 2016! Through their travels, they encourage international cultural understanding and raise worldwide awareness about India. Their 17,000-km adventure was no cakewalk! They had to cross mountains and face extreme weather and wild animals. This is not their first trip to India. In 2014, Imke and Ralph started a school for poor children in Rajasthan, which they continue to fund.

Read more: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/01/with-the-bicycle-around-the-world-to-visit-school-in-india/

From Munich to Mumbai

In 2016, travel writer and photographer Rishad Saam Mehta took a journey of a lifetime. He drove all the way from Germany to India in his Maharashtra-registered Audi Q7! The 60-day road trip covered nine countries and 40 cities across 20,000 kilometres. It kicked off in Ingolstadt, near Munich, which is home to German car manufacturer Audi, and ended at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. The route he followed was once the only link between Europe and Asia—a fascinating route along which ideas, inventions, cultures, languages and spices reached other countries. It took him through Eastern Europe, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, China and Myanmar.

Read more: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/in-photos-a-road-trip-from-munich-to-mumbai/

Indo-German Relations : A Rickshaw Run!

(from left to right): Philipp Kauke,
Dennis Günther, Luisa Wegener

The Mad Eagles, will take part in The Adventurists’ Rickshaw Run

Come 1st April 2018, Luisa Wegener, Philipp Kauke and Dennis Günther from the German Embassy New Delhi are off on a personal adventure trip from Kochi to Jaisalmer. The three friends, who go by the name of The Mad Eagles, will take part in The Adventurists’ Rickshaw Run. They’ll hit India’s streets in an auto rickshaw—driven by themselves! This is no April Fools’ joke!

As part of the preparations, Luisa, Philipp and Dennis will reach Kochi on 30th March for a two-day training, during which they’ll test drive the auto rickshaw, learn basic repairs and pimp the rick. They’ll get to decorate it with their own funky designs before they “unroute”, that is, get to the starting line (Kochi) and make their way to the finishing line (Jaisalmer) with no set route in between! Guess getting lost along the way is part of the journey—and the fun!

All this fun is for a good cause (three, actually!):
1. Cool Earth: raise money for The Adventurists’ official charity working towards saving the world’s rainforests
2. The Child Trust (TCT): fund children’s education and health in India
3. Contribute to a children’s hospice in Cologne, Germany

So, What’s Up, Germany? readers, you can keep track of the trio’s progress—or regress—on Facebook and Instagram (@themadeagles). Let’s show them our support as they make their way to Jaisalmer from Kochi in true What’s Up, Germany? style: with big smiles and open arms!

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