And I do not just mean they make it smaller in the sense that they let you ride the world. Rather they lead to pictures like the following, where a German guy (who lives in Switzerland), an Indian guy and a Japanese girl all hang out in Australia because of a connection to a Newfoundland girl in Germany!
Arif and I met during our Masters program at the university of Hoehenheim and quickly bonded over our shared love of motorcycles.
Patrick’s brother Jannick has a giant Asado every year in Switzerland. In 2010 we went with our motorcycles and I invited Arif along. (Jannick and Patrick did a 6 week motorcycle trip in Argentina after Patrick’s first world trip and they fell in love with Asado. So much so that Jannick held an annual one every summer, full animal carcasses in all, up until 2 years ago in fact.)
Why did he stop? Because he went on a world trip on his motorcycle with us. Whereas ours ended after a year, Jannick continued on to Australia, where it turned out Arif had moved to after graduation. And so Jannick and his girlfriend spent a couple of days there before they continued onto Japan.
All thanks to motorcycles!