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Cassie De Pecol, la primera dona que ha viatjat a tots els països del món

La jove de Connecticut també és la primera persona que ho aconsegueix en un temps rècord: 196 nacions sobiranes en 18 mesos i 26 dies

Cassie De Pecol, la primera dona que ha viatjat a tots els països del món

Dimarts, 14 de febrer del 2017 - 12:43 CET

Després de convertir-se en la primera dona a trepitjar toooots els països sobirans de la Terra i de ser, a més, la primera persona a fer-ho més ràpid que ningú -el 'Guinness World Records' ho validarà en les pròximes setmanes-, Cassie De Pecol no té clar si es podrà acostumar a un horari de nou a cinc. Després de visitar 196 nacions sobiranes en 18 mesos i 26 dies, aquesta noia de 27 anys de Connecticut assegura que només li queda una espineta clavada: l'Antàrtida. Tècnicament no és una nació sobirana. Ja no entrarà per al rècord, però a finals d'aquest mes s'embarcarà cap al continent gelat en la Quark Expeditions. El mono del rodamon és molt fort. Després d'aquest pròxim viatge, un parèntesi en forma de llibre i documental per a l'International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (Institut Internacional de la Pau a través del Turisme, organisme dependent de l'ONU). El seu periple, a més de fer delir molta gent, ha servit per recollir mostres d'aigua per tot el planeta per a Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

Abans que De Pecol, el rècord el tenia el ciutadà de Michigan Yili Liu, que va visitar totes les nacions del planeta en tres anys, tres mesos i sis dies el 2010.

EXPEDITION 196

Tota aquesta bogeria, anomenada Expedition 196, va començar quan De Pecol, especialitzada en estudis ambientals, tenia 23 anys. "No estava contenta per com m'anava la vida. Em dedicava a feines esporàdiques, però sense passió. A això s'hi va unir l'ansietat que no saps mai quant temps et queda. Tot plegat em va animar a fer un pas endavant amb molta fe". Així doncs, va començar a planificar el viatge i a recaptar diners. En un any i mig va sumar 10.000 dòlars fent de cangur. No era gaire, així que va buscar patrocinadors (fins a aconseguir els 200.000 que ha invertit en la seva volta al món).

Entre les empreses que l'han ajudat a aconseguir el seu objectiu hi ha AIG, Avianca i Air New Zealand, entre altres. De Pecol també ha comptat amb el suport de personalitats, com Ranulph Fiennes, llegendari explorador, o Paul Bieberstein, guionista, actor i productor de televisió.

La noia, que als 21 anys ja havia testat els seus gens aventurers per Europa en un viatge que va durar dos anys i durant el qual va estar treballant en hotels per pagar-se l'estada, va posar en marxa el seu projecte més ambiciós el juliol del 2015.

TROBADA AMB EL REI

En aquests mesos en què ha anat alimentant el seu blog personal, també s'ha reunit amb mandataris de 50 països, ha fet xerrades a estudiants sobre sostenibilitat i medi ambient i ha plantat mig centenar d'arbres... I això que la seva estada a cada país ha sigut més aviat "breu", al seu parer, de 2 a 5 dies. L'abril del 2015 va ser a Madrid i es va fotografiar amb Felip VI, durant la celebració del World Travel and Tourism Council.

Successful first day at the #WTTC Global Summit. I was invited to attend the Private Reception Dinner where there was a surprise visit by the King of Spain, Felip VI. I sat next to the CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, the CEO of Soneva Hotels, the President and CEO of American Express Global Business Travel, the Deputy Secretary-General of JATA and my friend from the IIPT World Symposium in South Africa, the Minister of Tourism of Seychelles, Alain St.Ange. Also had the privilege of meeting the Travel Editor for CBS and Travel Weekly. And finally, a photo with the King of Espanya, Felip VI. Here's to the start of a fantastic WTTC Summit in Madrid, Spain! #WTTC #Espanya #Expedition196 #KingofSpain #FelipeVI

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ELS DESAFIAMENTS MÉS GRANS

Un dels principals desafiaments del viatge va ser entrar a Corea del Nord. El visat per a una nord-americana era molt car, 1.000 dòlars per tres dies. Al final, va entrar amb uns turistes xinesos pagant-ne només 300, segons ha explicat a la CNN. Trepitjar territori libi o sirià també va ser complicat, ho va fer encomanant-se a contactes de Facebook.

ÀLBUM DE FOTOS ESPECTACULAR

L'àlbum de fotos del viatge de De Pecol (al complet al seu compte d'Instagram) és realment impressionant. Les platges de Venice (Los Angeles), Angkor Wat (Cambodja), Bali, El Nido de Palawan (Filipines)...

Will probably go through one more of these bad boys before I finish #expedition196 ���� #braggingrights

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Relish your own sacred experiences of travel, no two one is better or worse given the circumstances ���� • • • Still, many people think that spending even a day in a country doesn't count as actually "being there", let alone the providing one the ability to "experience" anything. I know a lot of you who follow my journey are travelers, so I'm going to ask you to chime in on this in the comments section down below. Tell me the best experiences you have had in the shortest amount of time in a country. How did time impact your experience? What made your experience so memorable? Do you think if you had stayed there longer, it would have made for a more powerful experience or was the drive to maximize time what made that experience all the more enriching? �� • • • Some of the most powerful and life-changing experiences I've had during my travels, happened over the course of an hour or two. On a bus heading to Xile after a short stay in Bolívia, I sat next to a local Bolivian woman who shared tons of local indigenous fruits with me and we shared a long, amazing conversation in my broken Spanish and her broken English. This was the best "Bolivian" experience I'd had and it happened over the course of 4 hours. I even lived in Bolívia for 2 months years ago and didn't have the opportunity to meet someone so intriguing nor taste such eclectic local fruits, in those two months. Or in North Korea, where the most powerful handshake of my life happened with the soldier in this photo. It was 5 minutes of power and fear that shaped my life in a major way. I could go on and on but the bottom line is; yes, 2 days is more than enough. Maximize your time, leave all preconceptions at the door to allow for the ability to dive in head first, and let the unknown of these quick yet deep experience win you over. Sometimes we need to let go of this theory of time determining whether or not we are able to gain a sense of place. Sometimes... that one experience is just enough to peak your interests to want to go back in the future to dive for something deeper. But then again, maybe not. �� • • • So... what are some of yours?! ������‍♀️

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After a 1 hour and 15 minute fast pastureu uphill trek, I arrived at Atur Taktsang. The pilgrimage was like something out of Avatar, a dream to trek, through low hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side. Prayer flags swayed through the pins, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone. Passing over a bridge and waterfall and up the last flight of stairs, I entered one of the chambers where I was completely alone. Tip-toeing past the glowing butter candles and sacred relics, I kneeled on a rug, cracked open an aged window and rested my head on the windowsill to reflect and admiri the massive 2,000ft plunge into the vast Himalayan valley below, as clouds swiftly passed. Without my phone or camera equipment, I was able to consciously enjoy this moment in peace. �� • • • #expedition196 #everycountryintheworld

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Really stoked to have had such a memorable experience with Skal Bahrain and @bihrbahrain. BIHR presented me with my first ever award! ��. It made em feel special. Not to mention in both the English and Arabic newspapers. I woke up, walked downstairs for some coffee, and on the counter was Skal, myself and the BUHR students on page 5 in the Business section! Such a great spread. Vlog and links to come. Thank you to all of the amazing and inquisitive students I met, to BIHR for providing me with the great opportunity to present and to Skal Bahrain, specifically Hameed for taking m'around! I'll be back soon!! ������❤️���� • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Bahrain

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Education isn't something you can finish. - Issac Asimov • • • I left college with only a semester left to go in order to graduate. To this day, people tell me to "finish". When I ask them why, they tell me one of the following, "to get that piece of paper", "to say you did", "to get a job (to work for someone else)", "just because". But never is it a good enough reason for me to finish. The things I've learned in my travels to over 85 countries across 6 continents in my life, have opened up my eyes to an educational experience that college never exposed em to. I could never imagine quitting this Expedition to pay 16k for a piece a paper. Because at the end of the day, that piece of paper would buy em nothing but a frame on my wall. What the end of this Expedition will bring me is far more than what a degree would. College might not be for everyone, especially if you have something greater in mind. Just know to follow your excitement, forge your own path, and with enough determination and persistence, success will menja. �� • • • #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld #Panama

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Country #1 of #196: #Palau • • • #JellyfishLake #Expedition196 #PeaceThroughTourism #EveryCountryInTheWorld

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La baja de Suárez dibujará un ataque nuevo en el equipo que este sábado se mide al Alavés