We, the Flying Dutchies, (Marit, Hilde, and Anna-Lotte) are three Dutch friends who study together at University College Groningen, faculty of the Rijksuniversiteit. Marit and Hilde both study Psychology, and Anna-Lotte studies International Relations. The main thing that connects us is our love for adventure. We all love sports, music, and travelling (especially when it is without a plan!), and have thus far created many memories together, ranging from Christmas dinners to a trip to the Sziget festival in Budapest. This is why the moment we saw the flyer of this event on our campus, we knew it was a perfect opportunity for us and that we just had to sign up. We are all experienced travelers, are not afraid of a challenge, and most of all are ready to create some more amazing memories together!
About our team members - Hilde loves to do kickboxing, and she is therefore our guardian angel, protecting us all whenever we need it. Marit works in sales, which makes her the perfect negotiator, and we are confident that she will be able to get us some sweet deals for our Red Bulls! Lastly, Anna-Lotte travels by old school map everywhere she goes (really!), making her our navigator, and keeping us on the right track throughout the journey. Together we believe we have the perfect skills and qualities to not only make it back to Amsterdam but, because we are adventurous, spontaneous, good travel companions, and most of all motivated and dedicated, to also be the first ones to do so, or to at least experience the most adventures along the way! We make a great team, and so in short, yes: we CAN make it.
My name is Anna-Lotte, I'm 20 years old and am studying Liberal Arts & Sciences with a major in International Relations at the University of Groningen. Next to my studies I work as a Student Assistant for the University and, surprise surprise, love to travel whenever I get the chance. My hobbies are probably a little more on the geeky side - I love to read, am a massive Queen fan, and have a fair collection of Pokémon games. I however also love going out for a beer (or two) with my friends and playing some pool or darts.
I am currently trying to push myself out of my comfort zone a little, and think that this challenge is the perfect opportunity to do so!
My name is Hilde, I'm 23 years old and I am studying Liberal Arts & Science at the university of Groningen. I love to go travelling and learn new languages, so hopefully I'll get to practice my language skills a bit during this challenge. Another thing I love to do is sports, basically any kind of sports, with my boxing skills I'll try and protect my fellow Flying Dutchies whenever we get into trouble. With my yoga skills I'll be able to sleep in any position if we can't stay at a 5 star hotel. I am very excited to start this challenge!
My name is Marit, I'm 20 years old and I study Liberal Arts and Sciences in Groningen with a major in Psychology. Next to my studies I also work in sales for a sustainable energy company called Vandebron, so my negotiation skills should come in handy during this race!
Some things that I like to do are traveling, going to concerts & festivals, playing the guitar and hanging out with my friends. I'm always up for an adventure so I'm very much looking forward to this one!