My name is Marianne Horsch, I’m born in Germany on March 29, 1982. The first 11 years of my life I’ve lived in Germany, but I always went to a Dutch school. In 1993 we moved to the Netherlands where I finished primary school and I went to secundairy school. When I was 18 I moved to Amsterdam to study business mathematics and information science at the university. After finishing my study I started working as a software engineer, most of the time I’ve built internet and intranet applications using Oracle ADF. I bought a house and started to live a bit of a normal life. Working 40 hours a week (at least), having a house and a car. 1 year after I started working I met Sander. I fell in love but it took me 3 years to make him see there’s no way to get rid of me. He finally gave up fighting and decided that if he cannot get rid of me, he should take me with him on his around the world trip (something he already wanted to do for many years).
At first I did not have a motorcycle driving license, but after a few times on the pillion of Sander’s motorbike I decided I would love to be able to drive one on my own. So I took some driving lessons. Which went pretty well, as I passed the exams in 1 try (unlike my car driving license, which took me 4 times to pass). The next step was to buy myself a motorbike. I bought a Suzuki Bandit for several reasons, it was lowered, it had 4 cylinders so it drove really smooth and (best of all) it was blue, my favorite color! It also turned out to be a really heavy motorbike, I never really thought about its weight but once I dropped it, I realized how heavy it actually is.
We started with some day and weekend trips. My first big trip was in the summer of 2011. We jumped on our motorbikes and drove from the Netherlands through Germany, Denmark and Sweden all the way up to Cape North and back down through Norway. I enjoyed this first trip so much, that I couldn’t wait to start the big trip around the world!
Since we decided that we will go around the world on motorbikes we started the preparations, we started to look for 2 the same bikes (quite a challenge since I’m 1.67m and skinny and Sander 1.88 and not so skinny) because that would make maintenance and taking spare parts much easier. After lots of discussions, test rides and so on we choose the Honda Transalp. Once that decision was made it was pretty easy to find 2 second hand bikes and what a coincidence we find 2 at 2 different shops in the same color and with engine number 1 after each other! They are actually manufactured right after each other!
With our Honda’s we made a test ride to Romania, a friend of us invited us to her wedding party well we couldn’t think of a better reason to test our bikes! In the mean time we also started other preparations, we sold the house, sold lots of our stuff and became house-guardians.
In March 2013 we took off direction south. We drove to South Africa but unfortunately by then our bikes were completely ruined. Our bulletproof Hondas were destroyed due to sand. Disappointed we went back to the Netherlands, but giving up is not an option! Back to the drawing board, which bike??? This time the choice was very easy, Sander loves the old BMW and we found out if you don’t really love your bike you won’t take proper care of it. So this time we bought BMW R100GS motorbikes. We spent 3 month preparing these bikes for world trip part 2 and one year after we left the first time we took off a second time, this time direction East. But bad luck keeps us… I crashed my bike in Albania, luckily I didn’t got injured but the bike was a bit bend. So back Germany to fix the bike and buy new luggage. Again we went East, this time we made it to Georgia. By that time we already had so much bad luck that we started to get on each other’s nerves. We made the decision to end this world trip, go back to the Netherlands and take a break.
Back in the Netherlands I was fortunate to get my old job back at Bol.com, I went back to the world of programming and was very happy to see all my friends back. But a little voice in the back of my head didn’t stop whispering: there is so much more world to see. You are not a quitter? Are you?
It started to itch again and although I love my job I decided to quite again, Sander felt the same so here we are, it is almost March 2015 and in July we will leave again, this time direction West, America, here we come!