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Jiří Hanzelka a Miroslav Zikmund jsou dva cestovatelé. Miroslav Zikmund letos, v roce 2019, slaví 100 let. Je mu 100 let! Zikmund a Hanzelka hodně cestovali. Už když byli mladí, jejich hobby byly: cizí země, příroda a dobrodružné romány.

Zdroj obrázku:
Seznamují se roku 1938, když studovali na vejšce (tedy na univerzitě, na vysoké škole). Na univerzitě začínají pracovat na projektu 5. Co je projekt 5? To je jeden velký výlet. A číslo pět znamená pět kontinentů. Hanzelka a Zikmund chtějí cestovat a poznat pět kontinentů. Hlavní cíl je ale business, protože Zikmund a Hanzelka nejsou jenom inženýři. Jsou to taky ekonomové.
Do roku 1945 je tu okupace a oni nemůžou studovat a dokončit univerzitu. A tak plánují cestu. Kopírují mapy, studují města, země a destinace, učí se cizí jazyky. Hanzelka umí německy a francouzsky a teď se učí swahili. Zikmund umí anglicky a trochu italsky a holandsky a teď studuje arabštinu.
Zdroj obrázku:
V roce 1946 dokončí univerzitu a v roce 1947 prezentují projekt 5 firmě Tatra. Tatra je česká firma, která už 120 let vyrábí automobily. Firmě Tatra se ten projekt opravdu moc líbí. A protože chce propagovat automobily, sponzoruje cestu Zikmunda a Hanzelky. Tatra jim dá auto T-87, luxusní aerodynamický automobil. Dva cestovatelé teď mají dobré auto a cestují 3 roky. Afrika a Jižní Amerika, celkem 44 zemí a 111 000 kilometrů.

A jaký je cíl cesty? Zaprvé – otestovat auto Tatra T-87. Zadruhé propagovat české výrobky. Zatřetí hledat pro Československo informace o životě v zahraničí. A začtvrté – natáčet reportáže a psát dokumenty o životě v zahraničí. To je moc pěkný road trip a také (v této těžké době) moc pěkný cíl.
V roce 1968 je tu Pražské jaro. Začíná komunismus a Čechoslováci nemůžou cestovat. Ale Zikmund a Hanzelka můžou publikovat informace ze svých cest, protože cestovatelské články nejsou pro politický režim nebezpečné. Dva cestovatelé dokonce můžou znovu cestovat. Teď cestují 5 let do východní Evropy, Asie, Indonésie, Japonska. Ale už nemají Tatru T-87. Teď jedou autem Tatra 805. Je také stříbrné, ale není tak luxusní a nóbl jako první auto. Tatra 805 je terénní auto. Možná znáš jeho přezdívku “Kačena”.
Zdroj obrázku:
Celkem navštívili Zikmund a Hanzelka 83 zemí.  Psali články pro noviny a pro radio. Natáčeli reportáže. Psali knihy. Dohromady prodali 6,5 milionů (výtisků) knih. Byli populární v Americe a v Rusku. 

Potom, bohužel, začala normalizace. A dva cestovatelé už nemohli cestovat. Jiří Hanzelka zemřel 16 let zpátky, v roce 2003. Miroslav Zikmund dnes žije ve Zlíně.


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