Participating in a competition to cross Europe using energy drinks as currency are Dunedin students (from left) brother and sister Finn and Chessie Henry and Tish McNicol. Photo supplied.
A run-in with security, a lack of sleep and a fair amount of
frustration did not stop a team of Dunedin students from
crossing Europe using only energy drinks as currency.
Tish McNicol and brother and sister Finn and Chessie Henry
represented the University of Otago as the only New Zealand
team chosen to take part in the ''Red Bull Can You Make It?''
After a sometimes gruelling seven-day journey, starting from
London on April 4, the team made it to the final checkpoint
in Berlin by the cut-off time of Saturday morning (New
The team was not placed in the competition, made up of 100
teams, but scored highly in some categories, including fourth
place in ''number of cans earned''.
Ms Henry said in an email the best thing about the
''life-changing'' trip was the ''generosity and unexpected
kindness'' of the people who gave them a hand.
''It was genuinely mind-blowing to be at the receiving end of
so much,'' she said.
They recorded some of their trials and tribulations on the
competition's website, including a run-in with security while
crossing a highway bridge on foot and sleeping in a park in
Their reward for making it to the final checkpoint was being
put up in a five-star hotel, a three-course dinner and a
surprise trip to a rooftop nightclub in Berlin.