April 16, 2018 | by Darby Bullard
The Cajuns Take On Europe for Red Bull’s “Can You Make It?”

What started as the most ridiculous thing they’d ever heard is now coming true for three seniors at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who embarked on their journey across Europe today using only Red Bull as currency.

Brandii Champagne, Emily Daigle and Sam Riehl, known as The Cajuns, began their travel to Amsterdam on April 10 from Rome

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with no money, cell phones, or any travel details, but with 24 cans of Red Bull, Southern charm and support from home, according to the team.

“We’re not going to know anything until we get there, honestly,” said Champagne.

“We’re really just going to rely on our own charm and people skills,” said Daigle.

According to Riehl, they will be flying by the seat of their pants and that is really the only way to do it.

Riehl said he first heard of the Red Bull Can You Make It? competition while working on a project for industrial design for Red Bull, but now The Cajuns are leaving school behind for a week thanks to the support of the Lafayette community.

“Leave it up to Lafayette,” said Riehl. “That’s one thing we’re good at… is jumping on the bandwagon and helping others do something really incredible. They’ve really showed up and turned out for what we want to do.”

Champagne said her advice to any UL Lafayette student is to take as many chances as you can in school and do crazy stuff.

“This is a crazy opportunity that we just kind of took a chance on and now we’re getting a pretty much paid for trip to Europe and it’s not the first time I’ve done this is college and honestly it’s probably one of the last times I’ll do something crazy like this for a long time. If you’re in school don’t hesitate.”

The Cajuns are one of around 200 teams that will be making the trek from either Madrid, Budapest, Stockholm, Manchester or Rome to Amsterdam after they were selected through a one-minute video voting contest earlier this Spring.

Click below to check out their original submission and to see images of the team.

Hi! My name is Darby Bullard and I am a 21-year-old junior majoring in journalism. I am the Social Media Editor and a general assignment writer and I currently work at the Vermilion as a staff writer. In the future, I hope to use journalism to make the world better than I found it!

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