In the summer of 2006, I was challenged to travel around the world with a fridge. Usually I would’ve laughed at such ludicrous idea, but it just so happened that I’d recently read Yes Man by Danny Wallace and The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart, two books that celebrate life and embracing random acts. So I thought, “well, why not”.
*Beer was involved.
Starting in Edinburgh (Scotland), my journey took me across Europe, through Russia, then Asia, down to Australia, over to New Zealand, through North America and then – 9 months later – home. This makes me the world record holder for the longest distance traveled with a fridge!
Why did I start in Edinburgh? A few months earlier, my friend Jess has been filming for Al Jazeera at the Covenanters Prison and when the sound engineer replayed the recording, he heard strange voices in the background. Covenanters Prison, and the vaults, are supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the UK, so Jess suggested we do some ghost hunting on-location, to kick off the journey. Here’s the teaser trailer we shot at the time…
The fridge has a 14 litre capacity, measures 42cm x 26cm x 32cm, and weights 6kg when empty. Slightly larger than the fridge that Tony Hawk took around Ireland. It still works – which is amazing considering it’s been surfing, carried up a mountain, and fridge-napped by students! Andy Judd is the artist responsible for the “friesian cow” paint job.
The whole adventure wouldn’t have been possible without the support of these good friends: Giacomo Cera, Andy Judd, Georgia Koutsandrea and Nik Young, Roniek Bannink, Silvia Sarcina, Matt Walton, Kim Thorne, Leo Fowler, Katie Fulcher, Angus McDonald, Charlotte Aldridge, Helen Clark, Jessica Morris, Nic, Chompu Karawan, Josh Lee, Vinnie from XSiteDiving, Laurence, Nikki and Nadia, Donna Saarentola, Noah Rayburn, Yona Nelson, Megan, and Snow + Rock, The North Face, Sony Europe, BBC and The Independent.