I met Torbjørn C. Pedersen aka Thor in Dar-es-salaam at a Kigamboni Ferry station while he was trying to register an Airtel sim-card and then later purchase some 3GB data bundle, a simple basic process that almost cost him hours of his precious time due to a ‘language barrier’. The airtime vendor loaded 50,000 Tanzania shillings instead of the requested 15,000 Tsh on his newly registered line. Read Full story here
I was also registering myself on the same network to use on my short stay in the hot city of Dar-es-salaam after being convinced by the sales lady that Airtel had the best internet connection, little did I know it was going to be a troublesome experience as Airtel kept blocking my sim-card reasons best known to them.
‘A stranger is a friend you’ve never met before’ –so that’s how I met Thor, I loved every bit of his inspiring story and most importantly the fact that he tries to bring out the best out of every country he visits contrary to what local and international media portrays.
Thor will be using an evening bus from Rwanda and arrive Tuesday morning in Uganda (The Pear of Africa). He will meet with the Red Cross, United Nation, South Sudan embassy, Maersk Line and off course the ever-welcoming Ugandans.
Thor’s coming to Uganda is timely #UgandaTravelMonth , lets welcome him and celebrate with him the beauty our country has to offer.
Once Upon a Saga
What is it? Good question; It is a one-man journey to visit every country in the World in a single journey, without the use of flight while bringing some attention toward the well-meaning people of the planet of which there are most. “A stranger is a friend you’ve never met before”.
Who is Thor
My name is Torbjørn C. Pedersen, which is a terrible travelers name. But that has never stopped me before. I had already visited roughly every fourth country in the World before this project saw its first day – but now the time has come to go all in.
I was born in Denmark of Scandinavian parents and soon after I was lifted up and carried to North America before returning home to Denmark years later. In Denmark I did my school and then my military service before finding my feet within shipping and logistics in the private sector. In the end of 2009 I became an independent businessman and after years of working on other peoples projects I have been able to create my own. With a lot of help from good friends that is!
I will be travelling to every country in the World! So how many countries are there?! That is an excellent question. The United Nations count 193 member states and 2 observer states. Many would argue the World holds 195 countries but that does not include every country I am going to. Now how is that possible?! Another good question. The world is a political place and while some countries claim to be sovereign states other dispute the same. You can find the list of countries I will be visiting under ‘journey’.
QUESTION🤔 What’s the best country in the world🌎🌍🌏?
— Thor (@onceuponasaga) October 23, 2016
“If I were a rich man…” Flight would be the easy choice to visit many countries. But what is the fun in easy? This will be a surface journey by scheduled ground transportation; that is primarily trains, buses and boats of different sorts. I will not buy, borrow or rent a vehicle in order get from A to B and I definitely do not have a chauffeur. This way I will ensure a lot of time spent with locals and travelers alike – an amazing way to see the World!
Also I will spend at least 24 hours in each country and I aim at not returning home before I have completed the journey.
This project is mainly sponsored by Ross Offshore and further more it is being carried out in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross.
Read more about Thor’s travel escapades here