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August 27, 2010

Paris to Madrid: No Baggage Challenge Update

Rolf’s latest travel project is the No Baggage Challenge — a journey that will take him around the world without using a single piece of luggage. Every few days, we’ll be updating Vagabonding with a recap of the latest to keep you up to date on the adventure.

Rolf spent 36 hours in Paris catching up on blog entries, shooting a video demonstrating his laundry routine, and touring familiar Paris sites in a vintage Citroën 2CV, before catching an EasyJet flight to Madrid.

Trip stats:

Days on road: 6
Miles traveled: 4,927
Flights: 2
Trains: 2
Bags: 0

“There was a time when, believe it or not, I thought Paris was no big deal. This was before I had ever been there — back in the days when I was living and traveling in Asia. At the time, I was so enamored with places like Bangkok and Varanasi and Ulan Bator that I thought Paris would be a bore by comparison. I was wrong, of course: Not only is Paris a fascinating place; it is (in ways that are more subtle than you might think) my top candidate for the most beautiful city in the world.” –Rolf on Rolling retro-style (and doing laundry) in Paris

Our next update will find Rolf tapas-roaming in Madrid, before heading south to Chefchaouen, Morocco. To follow the journey in real-time, check out the No Baggage Challenge blog or follow along on Twitter.

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10 Responses to “Paris to Madrid: No Baggage Challenge Update”

  1. Rod Says:

    I love this challenge! I’m fascinated by it, and will be following closely :) Universal sink stopper… there should be a pocket in your vest somewhere for that!

  2. jasony Says:

    Loving keeping up with you, Rolf. You’ve gotta do the same wash-the-clothes demonstration at the end of the trip so we can see the nappy funk that’s grown into the fabric.

    Kudos to the film guy, too. He’s doing a great job. Does he taunt you with his extra changes of clothing, or do you laugh at him as you watch him lug around his cases of camera gear?

  3. Bert Says:

    Great report (although hard to understand, the music is very dominant) and I love the challenge. I use the same technique to launder dry my stuff and it works fine. I’ll be going on my own “around the world in 80 days on budget airlines only” soon!

  4. Ana Says:

    Hi!

    Just finished reading Vagabonding 1 min ago. Great book!

    If you ever come to Brussels, let us know, so we can go out to eat “frites” and drink some the best beers in the world.

    Have fun with your new challenge.

    Cheers

  5. Erik Says:

    Great challenge, but just a quick note; the 2CV isn’t a 1940′s car, it more like 1970′s.

  6. Rebecca Says:

    Great video! Paris is a brilliant city — very fashionable! Thanks for the laundry tips.

  7. helen Says:

    paris is very a great city, all my friends who went there told me really good things, looking on the video, i was eager to see more about this city and find this interesting page http://www.world-rt.com/travel/paris-dream-city-france.php the guy went there for his vacation and wrote his experience and his videos, nice, will watch your next no baggage challenge video :-)

  8. Ailsa Says:

    Should be wearing merino t-shirts – they don’t smell like polyprop does.

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