I’m planning a unicycling adventure around the world, and I need your help. I’m applying for a Watson fellowship, and if I am selected I will be given a grant to travel outside of the US for one year, pursuing a project of my choice.
My project is to travel around with my unicycle meeting and riding with other unicyclists, and to discover and if possible participate in as many other offbeat sports as I can find. I’m looking for activities that, like unicycling, are hard to categorize: they should be challenging and fun; it’s a bonus if they are unusual, but have a devoted core of participants.
My question for the unicycling community, especially those living outside the US, is this: are you involved with or know of any other unusual sports? Have you ever been traveling, and seen people doing something that made you stop and think “I wish I could stay here for a month or two and learn how to do that”?
I have to come up with a list of countries I will travel to to present to the selection committee in a little over a week, but right now this request for ideas is very open ended. I can travel anywhere in the world (excluding the US, Canada, the UK, and Switzerland, because I’m not allowed to return to places I’ve already been).
Right now my only definite destination is New Zealand, so that I can attend UNICON XV. As long as I’m on the side of the world, I’ll probably visit Australia. Other than that, I have only tentative ideas: I’d love to go somewhere in the Himalayas, and I might try to join the 2009 unitour in Africa.
Do you guys have any ideas? Nothing is too crazy to suggest at this point in my planning.
Shame your not coming here, you could have got to London and tried parkour/free running. Urban free flow hold gym lessons and training and they’re among the best in the world. Otherwise there is parkour in france, where it was invented.
Well, if you are coming to New Zealand you could do some Unitouring either before or after Unicon:
And then there is also the India Unicycle Tour in April
That takes place very close to the borders of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It takes in the Himalayas as well (we get to see the third highest mountain peak Kanchanjenga). Quite a few of us are planning to travel to Nepal after the tour also.
There was a cool place in Rotorua that had zorbing. Unfortunately they were only doing the water version that day, I kind of wanted to strap in instead and roll around instead of slide around inside on the water. It was still fun though.
Freestyle in Japan. Hockey in germany. 24 hour race in UK. Basket ball in Peurto Rico. Street in France. Racing in Switzerland or Japan.
Go to the places and events where people are really good at different types of unicycling and watch and learn and take part in training if you can.
Take your new experiences back to your home club and teach.
Ben (Arkansas, United States - USA)
Ben (Ohio, United States - USA)
Ben (Texas, United States - USA)
Ben (Quảng Nam-Ðà Nẵng, Vietnam)
Ben (Burkina Faso)
Ben (Chahār Maḩāll va Bakhtīār, Iran)
Ben (Papua New Guinea)
Ben (Nord-Est, Haiti)