Hagen Engler
3 minute read
8 May 2022
6:00 am

Chicken, Kyiv, and the value of a good story

Hagen Engler

Just like John Steenhuisen's visit to Kyiv, he also once undertook a dangerous, yet completely pointless journey, writes Hagen Engler.

DA leader John Steenhuisen in Ukraine for ‘fact-finding’ visit. Picture: Twitter /@jsteenhuisen

DA leader John Steenhuisen’s recent trip to Ukraine got me thinking of another life-threatening trip of dubious validity that I once took. Mine was a hitch-hiking adventure, not a visit to a war zone, but I was nonetheless extremely lucky to emerge with my mind and body intact. This trip happened on a weekday morning, because I was a very keen surfer, and I had few qualms about bunking classes at Rhodes University, where I was piecing together a journalism degree. That morning, I therefore found myself with my surfboard and my wetsuit bag at the top of the road...