Katarina, Uros and Paya: three adventurers and a MINI.
Photographers and an adventure couple Katarina Batuta and Uros Visekruna from Serbia are living the dream. With their Jack Russell terrier Paya on board, they travel all over the world in a MINI Countryman. It’s not only the couple that love the MINI but their dog too. Their lively four-legged friend enjoys sticking his nose out of the window to sniff the wind or sleeping in the roof tent. From Iceland to a road trip through the Dolomites and short trips all over their home country, the trio has already had many memorable adventures in the MINI. One of their trips led them to Florence to the International MINI Meeting, where Katarina told us her very own personal MINI love story.
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4: fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7,6-7,1; CO2 emission in g/km: 172-161. All values based on the combined WLTP test cycle. Further information: www.mini.com/disclaimer.
You have cooperated with MINI for quite some time now. Why did you fall in love with the brand and the car?
That was so long ago that I can hardly remember. However, what I can say is that at that time, I watched Mr. Bean a lot, and he had a Mini, didn't he? I'm not joking! My grandmother recorded almost all the episodes and showed them to me. So, I really liked the car since I was very young - the way it looked, the whole story, and the feeling of driving a small legendary machine. There are many MINI fans in my family, and I felt a bit sad when I watched my uncle driving one while I didn't have my own...
Evidently, this dream has now come true...
Precisely. A few years later, my dream did come true – in the form of a MINI Clubman. That was my first car. A trusty travelling companion, we went on many trips together.
There are many MINI fans in my family, and I felt a bit sad when I watched my uncle driving one while I didn’t have my own…
Which of these were particularly memorable?
Definitely the one to Le Castellet in France in 2012, where we attended MINI United, an international festival for MINI fans and their vehicles. Even back then, we had already started to collaborate with MINI and were able to initiate various projects. One of these was the idea of offering people a kind of “MINI taxi for free”. We wanted to show them how wonderful it feels to drive a MINI, and to give people the opportunity to experience that special go-kart feeling for themselves.
You no longer drive a MINI Clubman. You have swapped it for a MINI Countryman. Why?
At some point, my husband and I were travelling so much all over the world through our work that we simply needed a bigger car. One that is particularly robust and is much more comfortable. We literally drove our Countryman cross-country. A little while ago, we swapped it for an Untamed Edition MINI Countryman. We also travelled a lot of European countries with this car.
You have impressively documented your trips on your Instagram account. What else do you like about your current vehicle?
Well, it’s almost funny, in a way. I really like this edition’s name: untamed, as it totally reflects my character. My horizon is wide; I love being free and independent. My partner, our dog Paya and I travel all over the world and capture the best moments with our unique photography style. We are curious, and the three of us have new adventures all the time. From a technical perspective, I appreciate the ALL4 four-wheel drive. It unlocks many options and gives us the chance to experience as much as possible, and reach unimaginable places.
You can see impressive pictures and reels of the trio’s adventures on Instagram, where their followers can accompany Katarina, Uros and Paya on their travels with the MINI Countryman – and get some inspiration for your own next trip.
Photos: Federico Ciamei.
Hinweis (English disclaimers below):
Die offiziellen Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, CO2-Emissionen und Stromverbrauch wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren VO (EU) 715/2007 in der jeweils geltenden Fassung ermittelt. Die Angaben berücksichtigen bei Spannbreiten Unterschiede in der gewählten Rad- und Reifengröße. Die Werte der Fahrzeuge basieren bereits auf der neuen WLTP-Verordnung und werden in NEFZ-Äquivalenzwerte zurückgerechnet, um den Vergleich zwischen den Fahrzeugen zu gewährleisten. Bei diesen Fahrzeugen können die CO2-Werte für fahrzeugbezogene Steuern oder andere Abgaben, die (zumindest unter anderem) auf CO2-Emissionen basieren, von den hier angegebenen Werten abweichen. Die CO2-Effizienz-Spezifikationen werden gemäß der Richtlinie 1999/94/EG und der Europäischen Verordnung in der jeweils gültigen Fassung festgelegt. Die angegebenen Werte basieren auf dem Kraftstoffverbrauch, den CO2-Werten und dem Energieverbrauch nach dem NEFZ-Zyklus für die Klassifizierung. Weitere Informationen über den offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und die spezifischen CO2-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem "Handbuch über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen" entnommen werden, das an allen Verkaufsstellen und unter https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html erhältlich ist.
The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. The values of the vehicles are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html