Wednesday, August 27, 2014

About you and me - the Dalai Lama

Do you sometimes also wonder who or what you are doing it all for? Working, racing, running ... questioning if this is really living? Well then listen to this one ... because some people do not only have the gift to see things right, but also to say it just right. Like the Dalai Lama. I have to admit that until only a few years ago, I never really knew anything about the Dalai Lama. I know he was a Buddhist monk, he was famous, and he won a nobel peace price. Often when people told me that they LOVED the Dalai Lama, my eyebrows went up a notch, not really understanding what, how, and why(!?). But as I came on my new path, I found myself slowly, but steadily, diving into his teachings, thoughts, books, movies, and found in him a tremendous inspiration. And without going to much into details, all I can say that I found in him somebody who can say things just right, like this quote. An analyzation about you and me: alarmingly true, scarily well summarised, and right down to the point. One of the many insights that make us wonder ... yes indeed, what the hell are we doing?

Tons of material about and by the Dalai Lama is to be found. For example a great introduction about him, his life and how he was found is the movie Kundun, and the numerous books, co-written by scientist, psychiatrists, philosophers and so on is easy findable online and in book stores, or dozens of online talks. Personally I found the book Art of Happiness a good one to start with.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preview of stop 2 El Viaje in Ecuador

A short preview of the second stop of El Viaje Ecuador in the coastal village Engabao, where we are visiting and take a peek into the lifes of Swedish-Ecuadorian couple Nadija and Daniel.


Aquí se encuentra el trailer en Español
Hier vind je de Nederlandse preview

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Soleils sustainable architecture

In the North of Peru, Los Organos, we were invited to stay with the amazing Peruvian surf-family Aguirre who have the equally amazing Soleil Bungalows. The heads of the family, Mayza and German, decided 15 years ago - despite wishes and opinions from family, friends and career objectives - to move indefinitely to the desert of North of Peru, where at that time there was almost nothing beside a small village, sand and dust. But as one of the first they saw the potential of the area, and an opportunity to not only develop their family, but also develop their business. In this day the area developed into a vibrant mix of local and foreign tourism to enjoy its many natural treasures, such as the Cerro del Encanto, wale watching, and surfing. The architect and use of materials in the hotel of the family inspired me, something that I hadn't seen in this part of the world before. The use of raw and natural materials is simple but amazing, and in an area of desert and ocean blend in perfectly. Here some material inspiration of the hotel and the surrounding architecture.


German with daughter Sol / Myaza with daughter Alana







 Soleil's use of material

Friday, August 8, 2014

Supermoons!

Living more and more with nature's rhythm and flow, and closely following the moon cycles, last month for the first time we consciously took a small expedition to see an almost yearly phenomenon - the Supermoon - on de mountain top in Los Organos, Northern Peru. The walk, the mountain, and the sunset itself were at least to say magical, but the rising and illuminance appearance of the enormous moon made this night even the more special. A supermoon is a full, or a new, moon closest to the earth in its orbit, and appears about every 14th full moon. This year there are as many as three Supermoons, one in two days, on August the 10th and one on September the 9th. The Supermoon of August is expected to be the most remarkable of this year. Here a short visual reportage of our last month expedition - hopefully an inspiration to take one again in a few days ...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

El Viaje, sneak preview first episode

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.

video

Aquí se encuentra el trailer en Español
Hier vind je de Nederlandse teaser
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