A lot of you that follow me might already know but for all you others this might come as a shocking surprise. I have decided to end my around the world cycling adventure due to a knife robbery that occurred on the night between Monday and Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal. I wasn’t physically hurt, still have my life and hopes that my bicycle and all my other stuff are having a good time wherever you are. In the post today I want to describe what happened, how I reached my decision by explaining my thoughts that lead to it.
During the night I was camping a couple of hundred meters from a beach in Dakar. By approximately 2 am I got awakened by a knife slicing through the fabric on my tent. After that I got pulled out and met 4 guys of which 2 of them had a knife each. They search me and all of my bags and I mean everything! The smallest sound I made and I got a knife to my throat and was threatened to shut up. They even ripped my necklace straight of my neck, even when I cried it was from my family. When these monsters at last are leaving I am sitting there in the night with my empty cycle bags, clothes spread everywhere along with some small stuff. I begged them to let me keep my MasterCard and passport which they gave into. After that I collected what was around and walked, with one shoe, to the road for a taxi to closest hotel.
This event has destroyed the whole freedom feeling I had about this cycling adventure and I do not feel like it anymore. Of course I had estimated that I was in a high risk of being robbed, with concern of the countries I was about to travel to. But this was way too much for me with the whole knife and that it lasted for so long. I thought I was mentally prepared for everything but clearly I was wrong. I don’t know if anyone could continue after something like this. I know that I wouldn’t feel safe continuing and also knowing that my closest ones in Sweden would be super worried; no that is too much for me to carry. I have way before this decided that this was the very last adventure before I settle down in Sweden together with my future Linda. That is the motivation I have right now and where I want to go. Since my graduation in 2005 my life has all been about working hard and a lot, saving money to go traveling. Most of these years my home has been my backpack and it has been really fun. But that feels like a finished chapter now and I look forward to all the time I am going to have to actually do somethingJ
Do I feel angry and disappointed? Yes of course since this was the greatest and most important adventure of my life. But a couple of days has now gone and I want to describe more how I am thinking about it. All the perspectives that I’ve gained during these years “on the road” are so important for the person that I am today. I have seen, heard and experienced so much poor and sad environments that it is very easy to appreciate what I have here at home. I have a job, a wonderful girlfriend, a home, a future, healthcare, safety and possibilities! Something that many people don’t have but really deserve! To think about this makes my situation very hard to complain about. I feel incredibly happy of being alive, some others doesn’t come out that happy after a robbery like this. The men who did this are partly egoistic pigs with no respect and deserves to rot in jail BUT they are poor in a very tough culture. They stole things from me but can never take away my memories. I still did 15000 km from Sweden to Africa and raised over U.S $3000. I am very happy with that.
A big thank you to all of you that has followed me these 7 months and contributed to the great sum of money for charity. I feel very proud! Remember, no one can do everything but everybody can do something!
A big thank you to my sponsors for believing in me and I am very sorry for the ending. Hope you are not all too disappointed and can understand. I hope also you gained something for these last 7 months!