“I need meetings and freedom to escape”

"I need meetings and freedom to escape"

Angel will be cycling alone to France, two Ireland and the Scottish Islands.

2,500 km, 4 countries, 1 bike. All within 45 days. Source is an ambitious project undertaken by Angle Patty, a 19-year-old Montpellier student and student of the Sciences Po Paris. This June 25, she left Montpellier alone, traveling to Scotland via Ireland with a tent, sleeping bag and camera. I was frustrated at not being able to finish my Erasmus year in Scotland, I just wanted to meet people, escape and be free. That’s where I got the idea of ​​Sorza, which means freedom in Scottish Gaelic, Student details. Also, I have been cycling for a year and recently triathlon. This project is a way of overcoming myself.

Careful organization

In February, with only ten hours of lessons per week, she began to run all the logistics of the project and set a budget, as well as search for names, a visual identity, sponsors, and apply for a travel grant. So it was at Cherberg that they sailed the first ferry to Dublin and then six ships from Northern Ireland to the uterine Hebrew Islands, before the Orkney Islands and Shetland.


Source is not just a sporting challenge. As part of the Sellidge Travel Grant, Angel will conduct a photo essay on Scottish island life. “I will share what I see and my feelings and stories of the locals with the text in a photo album. The subject is insularity, the local economy and Scottish customs. I plan to visit distilleries in Tweed’s gin and whiskey. Angle records the project process on his Instagram account: angele_pa.

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Within a month of leaving, the young woman says: “I can’t wait to win. I want to show you that as a young woman you can travel well alone. After all, I’m a little scared: the budget hasn’t been decided yet.

The health crisis complicates the journey

Another aspect to plan: masks, hydro alcohol gel, PCR check upon arrival in Ireland, embargo. Angle expected a reversal by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Next step: Second dose on June 15.

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