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Three friends wanted to make a point about the kindness of strangers and the abundance of what people have so they started off their journey from Norway to Sweden with only the bare necessities. And by “bare” they meant it literally as they kicked off their trip without wearing any clothes.
The challenge involved friends Daniel Zonneveldt, Jacob, and Ole hitchhiking to a Swedish lake called Jarnsjoen starting from Oslo, a distance of about 155 miles (250 km). They started with no money and apparently, no clothes as well. They were only going to use items that were donated.
As they walked through a forest, the adventurous trio managed to fashion some makeshift underwear using leaves. They then proceeded to major roads so that they could hitchhike and successfully reached their destination in only four days.
What they did also had some risks considering the cold climate but the kindness of strangers kept them going.
Daniel said: “By using only items people were willing to throw away, we wanted to show the abundance of items people own.
“It was an amazing experience to see that it was actually possible to rely just on yourself and the kindness of others and create a potentially sustainable lifestyle from scratch, without money and starting with absolutely nothing.
“We relied almost completely on strangers’ help to get the food, clothes, water, and shelter that we needed to survive.
“It was quite cold during the nights, down to 4 degrees, so we would have had a really bad time if we got no help.
“We also used what we found in nature, including making some simple clothes out of leaves, building fires to cook and stay warm and eating wild plants.”
They were actually supposed to start the journey wearing only the clothes on their backs but Jacob suggested to up the challenge by starting off naked.
Daniel said: “People reacted incredibly positively, which was my favorite part of the trip.
“People were sometimes a little skeptical at first, because of our strange appearance wearing plants and plastic for clothes, but as soon as we told them what we were doing they all opened up.
“It was really clear that having a specific purpose with our trip made people trust us much more because it made all the weird things we were doing make sense.
“We had many, many amazing encounters, conversations and experiences with all the people we met.
“We definitely experienced that most people are actually very kind and helpful, despite the general perception that strangers can be are dangerous.”