Cultural Relay

What is it all about?

During our “Long Way Home” trip we want to carry out a chain of learning, teaching and gift-giving. It is our intention to learn about and demonstrate the diversity and richness of human culture.

The Long Way Home trip map

The main goal of our Cultural Relay project is showing others that there is no need to hate or be afraid of people outside their own culture, proving that people from different countries can be equally kind and fascinating.

In every country we visit during our 11-month hitchhiking trip across Asia, we are planning to learn from people we meet. We will ask them to show us how to make their traditional dishes, play games they played as kids and discover their music tastes. In the following countries we will pass this knowledge on, together with a small gift that will be a token of the shared cultural experience and will help them cultivate this tradition.

The graphic below shows the principal idea of the project. To learn more watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Hitchhiking-Cultural Relay Project

Cultural gifts

In order to start the project, we need a handful (well, a ‘suitcaseful’) of gifts that represent traditions rooted in European culture. We need your help to gather as many ideas as possible, so that the cultural exchange project is rich and full of fascinating and quirky traditions we can teach others.

The cultural gifts have to meet the following requirements:

  • be typical to a culture we are most familiar with (Poland, UK and Spain)
  • be represented by a small and easy to carry object that will help people cultivate this tradition

We have divided the gifts into three sections:

Paella dish

cooking & living

Oud instrument

music

Goban

games

If you want to be part of this project and help us choose interesting cultural elements, click on the images above, go to each section and share your ideas.

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Check out our promotional video to learn more about the project:

Photo credits:
– Paella dish: photo by Jan Harenburg, used under CC BY 3.0 (Wikipedia)
– Oud instrument: photo by Le Musique de Viola Matronalis, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikimedia)
– Goban game: photo by Goban1, used under Public Domain (Wikimedia)

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