Guest #: 23 Roma Number Two

Name: Pesterev Roman Gavrilievich
Home: Yakutsk,The Republic of Sakha,Russia.
Age: 21
Occupation: Student/Foreign languages(English & Chinese).

Roma, (or Roma number 2 as we called him), lives by the Credo “Fortune favors the bold”, with the eminent arrival of the Russian winter, he boldly led the team from Yakutsk  to Magadan, Russia. With the ability to speak Yakutia, Russian and English, and a rich knowledge of the area and culture he served as our eyes and ears through one of the most hazardous parts of the LONGITUDE expedition.  He is soon to be a father as he learned from the road that he will have a son very soon. When he is not in school you can find him at the gym swimming and practicing martial arts or hanging out with his beloved girlfriend Anya. The team will never forget his enthusiasm, knowledge of the area, and the many stories he told depicting the wisdom and depth of the area.

Would you be up for 9 months of travel like this?

What is your most memorable moment during your portion of the journey?
The most memorable part of the journey was the opportunity to drive a "LAND
ROVER". It's a strong and cool jeep!
What advice do you have for future travelers in the program?
Read books about "Intercultural Communication", I think it will help you a lot.

What surprised you the most?
The team members! They are great and outstanding people!

What was the best thing you ate?
The hot Borsch (Russian red-beet soup) after long hours without food.
What was the most difficult part of the traveling experience?
The most difficult part of the traveling experience for me was a search of
garages for vehicles in some settlements because you can't just leave them
outside when it -50C!