EMBRACE OF EMPTINESS | THE STORY

Spring

”Of course you have terrible soil problems in your country. What do you expect when you call it dirt?” (Hemenway, 2009)

Backyard

The whole forest turns green and becomes a big permaculture garden when the first sunbeam of spring shines trough the forest. Every day we pick great amounts of wild garlic from the forest where we make pesto from. The first workawayers left and new workawayers came. From Yekaterinburg, a city in the middle of Russia that I crossed, hitchhiking – three years ago. It is interesting to share each others stories and I think about how heavy it was for me, hitchhiking from Mongolia back to the Netherlands.

Full of energy, I am working on getting European attention for the project. With the help of friends in The Netherlands, we try to attract funding and visitors. Soon, the first guests – a big archeologists group that will stay for over a month will come and every day is cleaning and preparing,

Entrance

It’s great to see that Itso and Ana really want to make their hotel more ecological and are starting to seperate their trash more and more and even telling me sometimes to be aware of my ecological footprint. I must say, it’s still quite a struggle in Bulgaria to make clear to people what it means to minimize the ecological footprint, mainly because many give up and think that it will never change. It looks like there is a mindset that has to be broken trough. Being here for longer time, it sometimes makes me sad when people are constantly pointing with their finger to others, saying how stupid they are instead of taking initiative themselves to change something.

My house

Which amount of my time do I waste with changing others instead of being happy with me and working on myself? How can I change the mentality of people when I point at them instead of changing myself? I am laying in front of the caravan after sunset and it starts to be cold. Let’s go and have a shower. Amazing, I can just walk every day to a shower, lift the handle and warm water comes out. Birds whistle and the forest prepares for the night…

Hitching back home through Georgia and Turkey to Europe (video 24 – 26)

I am hitch-hiking back home through Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and East/central/west Europe for the wedding of my sister and the funeral of my grandma.

#24 – Hitching from Armenia through Georgia to a great ecological farm

#25 – Working on a great organic farm and the visit of my little sister in Georgia

#26 – Back in The Netherlands, the great contradiction of a wedding and a funeral

Hitching through Iran, back to Armenia (Video 20-23)

I will discover life in Iran and travel trough Armenia again. In Iran I make a loop and travel slowly back home because my sister will have her marriage. I am very touched by the impressive Iranian and Armenian experiences.

#20 – I am slowly traveling through Iran, discovering the culture, music and making friends and start volunteering in a hostel

#21 – After volunteering in the desert of Iran, I hitchhike through the country, making great friends

#22 – After being for a month in Iran, I hitchhike back to Armenia and being there for longer time, I experience the great desolation of the country

#23 – My last weeks in Armenia, celebrating my birthday in Armenian style and being very touched, traveling in the direction of Georgia

Hitching from Turkey through Armenia and Georgia to Iran (video 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19)

The heavy experience in Greece makes me go east. The travel will slowly lead you trough Turkey, Armenia and Georgia towards Iran and gives a review on living a nomadic life for a year.

#14 – After an unpleasant experience, I hitch-hike from Greece to Turkey

#15 – Resting and meeting nice people in Turkey

#17 – Having a great inside into permaculture and traveling trough Turkey

#18 – An ecological mandate and reviewing a year of living a nomadic life while being in Turkey

#19 – Hitching from Turkey through Georgia and Armenia, to Iran while experiencing great hospitality on the road.