I could tell a hundred stories about our program El Viaje, but instead I will say nothing. I will only show a small teaser, and a sneak preview into the first episode, something we worked so hard on for the last 6 months. We put the first episodes also in English and Dutch, instead of only Spanish. The teaser is in English, for the other languages see the links under the video.
In the book that gave me a lot of good insights 'the art of happiness' I found a very simple, but very effective decision-making-techique that helps to tackle any dilemma, question or decision to take. The question of pleasure vs. happiness... On one side we find pleasure. Call it an enjoyment or delight, a sensual gratification, worldly connected or not, pleasure is something that has been investigated throughout centuries by theorists, philosophers and psychologists alike. Its pro's and con's are topic of discussion, many looking at the sustainable and destructive effects it can give us. But, investigated or not, pleasure is a feeling or state of mind we all know, and each experience in our own way. From taking a long hot shower on a cold day, a luxury dinner in a exclusive restaurant, a drink or two too much, a rush for more money or fame, rolling in the social wheel of acceptance, you add on the list ...
And on the other side of the question we find happiness. And although finding pleasure may differ from person to person, happiness is something we are all looking for. We call it love, peace of mind, or maybe our life purpose. It is the encouraging feeling of our soul, a simple and quiet place. But unlike pleasure, happiness is a state of mind that not all of us might be familiar with. And, consciously or unconsciously, many times we, ourselves, are contributing to the negative result through our decisions. So therefore this simple question that can be a powerful tool in our decision-making process. One that teaches us the real art of living. One that might involve some scarification of our pleasure, some words of discouragement here and there, but for sure a steady step to where we want to go.
Sometimes you meet inspiring people with inspiring stories, but more importantly with inspiring lives and inspiring plans. And so did we in Ecuador. Meet Mick & Isabel. Isabel is an Ecuadorian surfer, free spirit and yogi, and moved to Australia 10 years ago to broaden her perspective, where she met Mick, long time traveller, surfer and funny guy. They got married, settled in, but as blood creeps where it cannot go, that life was not for them, and so they decided to give it up, leave Australia and head out to the world - first passing through Ecuador, and then moving up to the Carribean to buy a boat and sail around the world to find their ultimate living, and life destination. What, and where that exactly is ... they don´t know yet, but they are sure they'll find it. How about Navigating on Trust, no?
photo taken during World Cup, Australia vs. The Netherlands
So Isabel, what´s your biggest fear for your trip? ¨Oh Fenja I have many fears. Bad weather, strong winds, and big waves. But my biggest fear is loosing Mick - waking up when he has been on watch and he is not there anymore.¨
And Mick, what about you? Nothing catastrophic, as long as we stay on the boat. What most people don´t realise is that the boat always survives, and outwins almost everything. So staying ON the boat is the most important. ¨
But why you decided to take this trip?
Mick: ¨For me it was the question of what the point is, of working so hard, when you have no time to enjoy the money you are making. I don´t want to wake up one day when I am 70 years old, and regret all the things I didn´t do.¨
Isabel: ¨I wanted to do more things I care about, and not being caught up by that busy life - I wanted to contribute to the improvement of the world somehow.¨
Mick and Isabel, who became very good friends, are leaving in two months to the Carribean to find their boat. Once they are settled in by the end of the year, I hope to be able to show some things of their journey, and even better: to meet again on our way to somehwere in the world. If you want to know more you can follow their journey on their blog freeinthesea.
"On the first part of the journey, I was looking at all the life. There were plants and birds and rocks and things, there was sand and hills and rings. The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz and the sky with no clouds. The heat was hot and the ground was dry, but the air was full of sound" - America, A horse with no name.
When leaving Ecuador we changed green and tropical for dust, sand and rock. We entered a magical place, Northern Peru around Mancora. It's a place where the color orange reflects throughout the landscape, a place where Ernest Hemmingway caught his 700 pound Marlin. A place where a wave is said to be the Peruvian Pipeline. A place that my camera loves. A place were we are welcomed by beautiful friends, and the food is refreshingly fabulous. A place we are staying for a bit...
Before we were leaving Ecuador, it was time to take El Verde for a fix up - a very good fix up. Namely at the Volkswagen doctors, father and son Roggiero, in the South of Ecuador, Salinas. A father and son with a passion for old cars, and particularly for old Volkswagens like are Kombi from 1971. A big thanks, and a short video ode to them.