Thursday, September 20, 2007
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From the Star.
Italian reality travel show goes to Sabah and Sarawak
KUCHING: Six women will be driving across Sarawak and Sabah over the next few weeks to document their adventures for an Italian reality travel show called Donnavventura.
They had already clocked more than 12,000km around South-East Asia in their Mitsubishi Triton vehicles since beginning their journey in Kuala Lumpur on July 19 before arriving here for their second Malaysian leg.
They have visited Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Benedetta Delogu, 24, said she took part in the programme because it allowed her to visit many countries.
“The best part is getting to know new cultures and lifestyles, try the local food and meet different people.
Thrill seekers: The six participants of ‘Donnavventura’ programme posing with the Mitsubishi Triton in Kuching on Wednesday.
“We’re always given a warm welcome by everyone,” she said at a press conference yesterday.
For team leader Stefania Donati, 26, contacting her family in Italy only once a month proved to be a challenge.
“We are not supposed to use handphones, Internet connection or get in touch with our families except once a month.
“This is very hard because we’re abroad with new people and we miss our families,” she said.
She added that they had to drive all day, organise video and photo shoots and write articles about their adventures for Italian newspapers.
“We work for 17 or 18 hours a day until late at night, but it is a good experience and I’m very proud to be here,” she said.
Urban Development and Tourism permanent secretary Akit Sebli, who represented Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh in welcoming the team, said the event was timely in view of Visit Malaysia 2007.
“I believe Malaysia will offer an exciting journey for you. While in Sarawak we encourage you to appreciate our rainforest and the rich culture of our ethnic groups,” he said.
The team will head for Miri and Kota Kinabalu before returning to Kuala Lumpur next month.
Vehicles for their trip were sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.