We are Jacques St Laurent and Sarah Jarvis. Four years ago, we had the idea to pitch in together to fulfill Jacques’ childhood dream of cycling from his front door, in Guildford England, to India. Through conversation, lively debate, a growing sense of adventure, and (more pragmatically) a move to Victoria BC., this shifted to embarking on a slow trip from our latest front door in beautiful Victoria, Canada, to South America.
From there? Time will tell.
Jacques grew up in southeast England where he developed a love for the outdoors and honeynut cheerios. He studied biology and international development at Exeter University and recently completed a masters in biology, examining the impact of land-use and climate on drinking source water, at the University of Victoria. He loves almost everything, especially yoga, surfing, reading, sitting, old buildings, and ice cream, but fails to appreciate why Harley Davidson motorbikes have to be so loud.
Sarah hails from West Vancouver, Canada, where she spent much time climbing and playing with friends in the woods. She completed a degree in psychology at the University of Victoria during which she researched the effects of mindfulness meditation on mental affect. Following this she worked for a small non-profit in downtown Victoria that provided community for the homeless and recently housed. Her favorite things are waking up on sunny mornings, baking, walking on the beach, old book stores, and creating positive energy.
We have no specific reason for doing this trip, other than to prove that the universe is friendly and that life is more fun when lived from moment to moment with no plan in place.