1) What is the reason for the Expedition HERMES?
We search challenges and achievements and the Expedition HERMES appeared as something to inspire us to go even further beyond our own limits, and so giving inspiration to many people fulfill their dreams, go out of the comfort zone, overcome and achieve.
2) Why ‘HERMES’?
Hermes comes from the Greek mythology and it was one of the most worshiped gods in Antiquity. It was the messenger god, well known for its winged shoes and helmet, as well as it was the god of commerce, of travelers, of sports, of literature, of oratory, of diplomacy. More info on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes.
The Expedition HERMES wants to take positive messages to the world that change and achievements are possible.
3) Who is Márcio Alexandre?
Brazilian, born in the city of Fortaleza in the North-East of Brazil, has always been fascinated by expeditions, travels, cultures, languages, geography, adventure and sports.
He is hyperpolyglot coach, speaks 8 languages and also he has an online portal that teaches people to speak English in an accelerated way - HyperEnglish. This portal will soon be launched online.
4) What do the handicapped people and the children have to do with the Expedition HERMES?
The handicapped people of all sorts and the children can teach us beautiful and great lessons of life. Just think about the paralympics, and the fact that, being there competing, in itself it is a great example of overcoming problems
As for the children, their purity teaches and helps us to reconnect with the child within us that has long been forgotten by us, living lives too seriously, always in a hurry, full of fears and anxiety, while the child lives in the present moment, and it is completely receptive and has no emotional blocks, and in themselves children love to explore the world and new things.
The Expedition HERMES aims to take this consciousness about dealing so much better with handicapped people as with the children, through spreading the work and raising funds for 3 NGO's that are situated in Fortaleza: Associação Pestalozzi de Fortaleza, Creche Aprisco and Luta pela Vida.
5) What is the FLOW Healing?
It is a healing method of the mind and emotions that any person can practice, whether they are too busy or not.
Among its main benefits, it is the control and transformation of our emotions, release of the stress that supports the diseases, improvement over sleep disorders, increase in the concentration capacity and productivity, more energy, more sensation of well-being, much more enthusiasm for both the personal and professional life.
Since, according to science, about 90% of the diseases have emotional origins, that is, pyschosomatic, the FLOW Healing is like a complement to whatever health treatment that the individual may be taking. It is not necessary to change the conventional medical treatment for the FLOW Healing: just stay with what you are doing and add this healing method.
6) Why the bicycle?
Bike is freedom, it is health, it is life. The bike takes us to new horizons and by the way it is a non-polluting transportation means having countless benefits.
As the big cities get less and less space due to the ever growing number of new vehicles in the streets, traffic jams became a part of the urban daily life, and this brings discomfort, delays and stress.
Therefore, the bicyle is an ecofriendly tool, which still greatly helps our health and it is possible for people in general to save money to buy a bike instead of a car, and this in itself is a very strong factor of social inclusion.
7) Has anyone ever made a bike trip around the world?
It may seem strange, but the answer is YES!
Some examples are the Brazilian guys Arthur Simões, Aldo Lammel (this started his trip in January 2015), the German guy Heinz Stücke (who has been riding a bike for over 50 years without stopping) and more recently the English guy and great adventurer and photographer Rob Lutter.
8) How many countries and territories exist?
According to the United Nation's list, institution that encompasses all the nations that exist on Earth, there are exactly 193 independent countries, with sovereign people and government and defined territory, besides other 8 countries that, even though they are not considered sovereign, they have a semi-independent status or of observation at the UN, totalizing 201 countries.
But there exists another list of a not much known club called Traveler’s Century Club – TCC. Headquartered in Los Angeles, USA, it has existed since 1954 and its goal is to gather together well-traveled people who have traveled a lot around the world but one can only join this club if he or she has visited at least 100 countries and territories.
TCC's list takes into consideration all the sovereign countries of the United Nations and plus the autonomous territories. For example, the Falkland Islands are part of the United Kingdom but since it is a group of islands with geographical location independent of the British territory (the British Isles), TCC considers it to be one extra unit.
Likewise with Greenland, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but it is geographically located independent from Denmark. Other examples, Hawaii and Alaska related to the continental US territory.
So, TCC considers that exist exactly 325 countries and territories in the world.
See the whole list, here.
There are, according to TCC, just 21 people that have already been to all these places, but none using the bicycle nor on a continuous way, like the Expedition HERMES intends to do.