EMBRACE OF EMPTINESS | THE STORY

Elderly and insulation

No one is younger than seventy in the bus from Vrav to Vidin. They left to a ‘better’ world, their children and grandchildren. Most of the houses are empty around the villages and small city’s. Lot’s of Balkan villages are right now elderly villages that saw most of youngsters leaving and their houses crumble.

We started our project in the most North-West corner of Bulgaria in a village with 200 people in winter. The villagers know us better every day by visiting the local pub and church to get to speak to the people. We insulated one room in the 1939 and moved in three days ago. There is no running water, but we take drinking water from the neighbors and for the water to do the dishes/laundry/shower we melt the snow. The stove is working, after Freddy cleaned the chimney. That is necessary because it will be -20 in January. The focus is now on wood, insulating and making contact with the village. Feel welcome to come by!

Hibernating in Bulgaria, returning to Czech (Video 30-31)

I take a break from cycling to hibernate in the Bulgarian mountains. I return to Czech to volunteer for a while in a democratic school and leave again to cycle in the direction of the Danube delta in Romania.

#30 – I am hitching to Bulgaria due to pain in my knees from the cycling, hibernating to finally hitch back to Czech Republic

#31 – Back in the Czech Republic, I start volunteering in a Democratic School. However, after a couple of month’s my restless body makes me leave by bicycle again.

Film that I made for Donum Felix (the democratic school)

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.