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WHY the Mongol Rally: Brianna

Written by: Brianna

“Nothing is more challenging or more rewarding than being taken completely out of your comfort zone; being pushed to your mental and physical limits. The simple fact is I want to do it, to prove to myself that I can.”
I believe strongly in taking opportunities when they are presented to you. Procrastination is a killer and I have been fighting it all of my life. So, when I was tagged in a post about the most outlandish, ridiculous adventure I could possibly image, I took it as a sign that it needed to happen. I had another friend who wanted to do it next year, but my thinking is ...next year might not happen, so I decided to take action.
I have traveled to over 30 countries and counting. I take traveling as an opportunity to learn not only about the culture and country that I am in but also about myself. Nothing is more challenging or more rewarding than being taken completely out of your comfort zone; being pushed to your mental and physical limits. The simple fact is I want to do it, to prove to myself that I can. There are no worries about tomorrow when you are focused on what is happening in front of you. To me that feels like real living, and it is quite possible that I am very addicted to searching out ways to get that feeling.
I have been obsessed with the Soviet Union since I was a child. As long as I can remember I wanted to know everything about Russia and the former Soviet Republics. I had Russian language cassette tapes that I would listen to on repeat on cross country road trips with my family. I can still recite some of the dialogues that they said on those tapes to this day. I dreamt of hiking through to Caucus Mountains, taking the train to Siberia and stopping at Lake Baikal. I wanted to eat perashki, pickled cabbage and drink vodka with old men in the middle of winter. I wanted to be them, speak their languages and know their folk traditions. I don't tell most people that because what 10 year old kid dreams of living in the Soviet Union? Apparently this one.
I hate when people think that I cannot do something because I am a woman. It could be almost to a fault, but I want to prove that 3 girls can do this trip on their own. That doesn't mean we won't ask for help when needed...that would be simply ridiculous. Everyone needs help sometimes, but there is nothing about me, or my teammates that makes us inherently less able than a man to do this trip, and I want other girls/ women to be empowered by our example.
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