A DIVE TO BECOME CALM | Story 41

Ik maak het mezelf zo druk met thuiskomen op het eiland en allemaal nieuwe dingen dat ik bijna geniet van de schoonheid om me heen. Gelukkig herinnert een koude duik in de zee me aan het mooie.

I am becoming so busy with arriving on the island and all kinds of new things that I forget to enjoy the immense beauty all around me. Happily a cold dive in the sea makes me remember the greatness.

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