Almost a year on the road, an ambitious Brazilian cyclist visits Istria.
Among the international guests who have decided to spend these winter days in Poreč in Istria is 27-year-old Brazilian Marcvs Kosta. On 10 February 2015, starting from the city of Salvador on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, he embarked on a trip around the world which he will try to complete on his bicycle. In less than one year, this deceptively fragile-looking young Brazilian cyclist travelled 16,000 kilometres, reports Glas Istre on January 12, 2016.
The European part of his journey started in the Netherlands, where he arrived by plane. Then he visited Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and has now come to the Croatian part of the Istrian Peninsula. After Poreč, he will pass through Rovinj and Pula, and then continue along the coast to Rijeka and further south through Dalmatia to Dubrovnik.
“I have decided to use the southern route because it is winter now and the weather conditions should be better along the coast, unless I am hit by strong winds. From Dubrovnik, I will go north to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then go through Montenegro, Albania, all the way to Greece”, says Marcvs who always insists that his somewhat unusual name should be written in the correct way, so that his fans can follow his journey on Facebook (Marcvs should be pronounced as “Marcus”).
Marcvs had been preparing for the adventure for five years while working for a Brazilian company. He used to save all his money and in that way gathered a sufficient amount of money. Even though on his bike he always has a tent and a sleeping bag, in Poreč he is staying in the apartment of Milan Nišević, whom he met at a bus stop in the town. He will wait for the wind to calm down a bit and then continue with his travels. “Istria is a beautiful region and the people are nice. Your streets and houses are similar to mine in Salvador, so it feels like home”, said Marcvs.