The peculiar trip of two women riding a 2CV until Middle East
We left everything behind. Everything. The two of us were overwhelmed by the lack of time in this alienated society and completely stuck at work, even though we both were truly established in our respective job positions. We were at the same vital point of our lives when we entered the thirties in 2015. Instead of complaining about what we do not like in our lives and non-accomplished dreams, we decided to build something together. Something that we really feel like doing, beyond comfort, standard conventions or fears. Finally our life belongs to us.
We quitted our permanent and stable jobs, we have detached from everything material, everything supposedly necessary for living. To truly live. With passion. We left behind our professional careers, family, friends, boyfriends, routines and obligations. With no savings nor planned routes. We just had a really special mate, a Citroën 2CV.
There is a beautiful writing which belongs to a beautiful book named “Lots of tiny people” by Gustavo Duch, with which we feel completely identified and has become the manifesto of our living adventure
“From now on we declare, we will not work anymore to finance those despotic states which steal our homes or sustenance, nor even for depressive states that steal our happiness. Slave work has come to an end. We interrupt immediately and forever the consumerist consumerism that consumes our smiles and devour seas, lands, skies and waters. People are not the Market, we affirm – market is just a meeting place. Sexism attitudes that insult love, care, and embrace, are proclaimed inactive in perpetuity. We strictly say it: we plant ourselves! We stand firm, we plant ourselves, like rebel seeds on Earth, facing the arrogant abuses that we commit over it.
We declare in general and permanent strike hunger and pain, bad love and bad humour. We will keep wars in indefinite strike. To those who make wars we will suspend them of all of their positions, forever and ever, so be it. We declare forever interrupted the search of materialist wealth responsible for all poverties. Within mates, with knowing souls, we swear to occupy every second, minute and hour that we do not spend now, in the collective construction of a permanent state of happiness”.
Lots of tiny people. Gustavo Duch. Pol·len Edicions.
How it all starts
“Ana, yes, I am coming with you, I don’t know how we are going to do it, I have no money and I don’t even know what I am going to explain to everybody, but we are going to do this crazy thing together”. What starts being a crisis of the thirties, ends up being a total revolution. Frustrated with our comfortable lives, and feeling life can be more than that, we take control of it. Trying to create something constructive with all that energy that we have, we start to think if we should start a business, change jobs, residence… But nothing seems fine.
The idea of the trip starts one day that Ana tells me: “Eva, I am so tired that I think I will just leave everything behind, take my 2CV and drive along the Mediterranean coast to Istanbul. You should come”. In that moment I think of two possibilities: 1. I can not do it; 2. Ana is going to do it and I will just look at her making her dream come true. But the seed is already in my head, and a morning of April, stressed in a middle of a traffic jam, I call her.
It is one of those moments in life when you feel something very strong inside and you decide to do something about it”.