WITHIN the next six weeks, the first ever Majorcan overland expedition will set off round the world.
Joshua Roibal, Mario Verdu and Nora Naatz will set off in a specially modified Land Rover at the start of July and are expected to take three years to complete their Veure mon (see the world) expedition.
The trio will cross 34 countries and cover 130.000 kilometres, recording the sounds and images every step of the way.
The expedition will be broken down into six stages. After each stage, the team will return to base in Palma to edit their images and put together a series of documentaries about their trip and the countries and people they visit. Selling the documentaries is how they hope to recoup their money for the expedition.
All are qualified photographers and film directors and are all well experienced in their fields.
All three have also undergone basic mechanical and first aid training while Land Rover, one of the sponsors, has agreed to provide free mechanical assistance at all of its garages along the global route.
They will also be operating a real-time website, so people can follow their journey, which will not only feature images, but the sounds.
Nora explained that people will be able to log on and listen to the jungle, or an African marketplace or see a sunrise in Cambodia, for example.
Stage one will take the team to India where they will follow the Silk Road.
Stage two will cover south east Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Thailand.
Stage three will be Australia and Tasmania.
Stage four covers South America. Stage five will take the three to central America and the final stage, will cover North America and Canada. The expedition has actually been organised by the Majorcan charity Pueblos de la Tierra, founded by Joshua Roibal.
They played a major part in repairing the damage caused by hurricane Mitch. Claudia Schiffer helped promote the foundation's campaign to build 100 houses in Honduras.
Schiffer has not got involved with the round the world trip, but Spanish adventurer Alvarez de Marichalar will be visiting the team at various stages of their expedition.
Their special Land Rover is expected to be unveiled this week as they make their final preparations. However, Nora said that, while their sponsors have been great, including Panasonic, more sponsors are always going to be welcome. www.siguelavuelta.net
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