Despite the impression this blog gives, I don’t really like speaking about myself. So, why not blog about someone else for a change? It seemed easy, but it proved hard. This blog was rewritten more times in the last 2 months then all the blogs before it. After all, it is hard to blog about one of your best friends, because you feel the story never gives him enough credit.
Another problem is that it is not only a story about a friend. It is also a story of one man’s dream, adventure and one man’s journey to fulfill his dream.
3 years ago, Marin Medak decided he was going to cross the Atlantic Ocean, not by plane or in the comfortable inside of a cruising ship, but with the power of his own hands. To prepare himself mentally and physically, he started paddling long expeditions in a small, 6 meter long sea kayak. But paddling a kayak was not the dream and as Marin says on his website, “I wish and I will.”, he never stopped planning the assault on rowing across the Atlantic, 4700 kilometers from Canary Islands to Barbados with a team of 3 other guys – Simon Osborne, Steve Bowens and Alastair Humphreys. For 45 days, they have been rowing 24 hours a day in 2 hour work shifts and fundraised for a good cause, cancer research. (You can visit their website and read their blogs from the way at Transatlantik’s website)And after 3 years and countless hours of hard work, Marin’s dream became a reality.
I was lucky enough to be a part of one of Marin’s kayaking expeditions as most of you already know, so I will refrain from repeating myself. In the 9 full days I have spent with him under pretty heavy physical and mental pressure, I can honestly say he is one of the best guys I know. I would have lost my nerves a million times, but though all the bad, he just kept the good attitude, high spirits and a contagious smile all along. I am proud to know him and have him as a friend I can always rely upon.
As I’m writing this, Marin is leaving Barbados and will be landing on J.P. Airport (Brnik), Slovenia tomorrow at 15.35 and will then travel to Koper, where he’ll be greeted at 18.00 at Planet Tuš as a champion he really is. If you can, take the time to go and shake his hand and I guarantee, you will be impressed.
P.S. Also – for the ladies – he is very good looking and surprisingly enough, still single!