“We went beyond prejudices but in front of an Uzbek toilet we cried” – Corriere.it

from Chiara Maffioletti

The pair of friends triumphed in the first edition of “Beijing Express” by Sky. «The TikTokers took it out on us. We never thought we would win “

No, they didn’t expect it. Victoria Cabello and Paride Vitale would never have bet on their victory at “Peking Express”. «Paris had already set appointments ten days after our departure, he was so sure he would be back immediately».

Instead you won. And the tears also fell.

Cabello: «After the victory I looked like one of the Kisses, with poured mascara. I was a mask of pain. But I want to say one thing: we beat Enzo Miccio ».

Vitale: «In the whole experience, on the other hand, I cried only once, looking at an Uzbek bathroom».

A couple of friends ready for anything now.

V: «And to say that among all our friends we are the most impeded, who can’t do anything and come last in everything».

C: “Yes, they usually invite us because we are facilitators of good humor, animators who raise the spirits at confirmations and weddings without even drinking”.

Did you learn more about each other?

V: «I was surprised to see Vicky so determined: she is also so determined in real life but then she is also someone who gets down, who has downs. Not at “Peking Express”, however: already from the first episode there were no for her; she asked for a ride and that was screwed, we never left. She also asked a worker who was working for a lift, eventually she got in the car and drove us around for two hours, getting fired a minute later, probably. In short, as soon as the race started she forgot all her anxieties and fears about her ».

C: «For me this experience was truly a turning point, a moment of rebirth. I really feel that I have become different again and, frankly, that I have left in my Beijing backpack all that burden that I carried with me, made up of illnesses and, in fact, down moments. It was super tough but it was worth it. Paride and I have known each other for over twenty years and together we have done everything: we know each other very well and this thing has actually been of great advantage. Also because we couldn’t count on physical strength and intelligence ».

There were couples of parents and children and yet they arrived later …

V: «Because there is always one who protects the other, but we supported each other. We started with the spirit of having fun and with the advantage that you can send yourself to that country and then recover in thirty seconds ».

How was it, once back home, not seeing each other 24 hours a day?

C: «For Paris I think a relief, I entered into mourning. For me, who live alone and am used to being alone, always having Paris around and the whole group was wonderful, like being with family. In fact, now I am emotionally destroyed, as always when an experience ends: maybe it is also the reason why I don’t get engaged anymore, since usually already from day one I think about what it will be like when we give up “

V: «I couldn’t wait to go home. Then I realized that after more than a month of absence my agency was better than ever, so I decided that every October I will disappear for four weeks ».

And how did it go with the others?

C: «Since the day of the end of Beijing we have a group chat that we use a lot. A group of people has been created that we have loved, I am very attached to everyone and with some we are already planning a holiday together. The only tension was with Italy-Brazil: they were tough in the match, they made everyone’s balls spin a bit, but when the couple swapped and I ended up in the match with Helena I understood many other things ” .

V: «For me Natasha, Sasha, Aurora and Fru are friends forever. In general, whoever did the cast was very good because he created a group that loves each other. Only with the Tik Tokers, which we eliminated, we were no longer able to mend a relationship and we are sorry, it would have been nice to compare. But they did not take it well and they no longer loved us as before ».

What if you only get one memory out of everyone?

C: «I would say the first episode, when they kicked us into that world where we only knew we had to survive. We met Baba who opened the doors of his house to us and made us understand that he was a person to rely on. “

V: «I didn’t want to sleep in any of the houses we found, of first impact. But a great lesson from this program is that beyond our prejudices there are fantastic things. On my own I wouldn’t have even entered the places I’ve been, but I did and met fantastic people. In what is undoubtedly the poorest house I have seen in my life, a gentleman who was in very difficult conditions hosted us: he was a huge man, with a dirty shirt, I thought: “This will kill us in the night”. Instead, he turned out to be the most tender father in the world who lives to study his daughter who wants to make a little archiettetto. Once we got home we sent him a package with everything necessary for him to do it ».

Did you then help the people you met there in retrospect?

C: «Yes, we sent something to everyone to thank them. We are in contact with Mohammed, the boy who escorted us for two days and we decided to support him in his studies. Furthermore, through his Instagram profile, now many are contacting him to have him as a guide in Istanbul, on the Beijing routes ».

V: «Basically we have met better people than our closest relatives, people who have done everything for us. If someone in my house, with a red backpack on his shoulder, told me if he can stop by me to sleep, I would run away screaming. Instead, I discovered an incredible humanity ».

If you have to suggest a destination for a trip?

V: «Uzbekistan: before I didn’t even know where it was on the map, instead it is really beautiful both for the capital and for the whole part of the silk road. And with super hospitable people “

C: «I agree, although I also loved Jordan and Cappadocia very much. In general, I think an insight into the Islamic world has been offered that is completely different from what many people believe. “

V: «We recommend the sultans’ route to Daniela Santanché, Salvini and two or three others».

Why was Costantino della Gherardesca moved when you won?

C: «He has known me for many years and I want to say one thing: I think I owe a lot to him. He insisted a lot on me participate, he has always asked me and he really wanted me, in fact, giving me a chance after years in which I was still. I am very grateful to him. He knows what I have experienced in recent years, due to the disease, and getting to the end of this path was a surprise for him too, who perhaps did not hope for it. In the end he is a potato … a chic potato ».

May 13, 2022 (change May 13, 2022 | 14:20)

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