That time we could have died

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Nope, not joking. Not wordplaying. We had a bad carcrash back in Andalusia and it wasn’t what I would call a funny anecdote. But before you start worrying: we must have had some sort of guardian-something because although the car was a write-off after the accident, we climbed out without a scratch.

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Making it to the Frontpage

Wow! We have only seen recently that Jack Wolfskin chose one of our shots from Val Grande for their front page!! In fact, it’s the FIRST video they show! What an honour 🙂

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A screenshot of the front page. We captured this stunning view from the Alpe la Colma (1,726m above sea level). Read here about the wet hike up there.

 

And then, only a couple of days later, we saw the same ad on facebook. It feels REALLY weird when you suddenly see your own footage popping up on your timeline. Technically, more than 700,000 people have by now seen one of our travel videos – even if it’s only these 2 seconds. Crazy.

 

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Screenshot of Jack Wolfskin’s facebook ad (16.09.2017).

Darling, let’s be EcoVenturers!

alp_0407Tomorrow morning, Sebastian and me are starting a big road trip. Two other lads and us will be driving all the way to a very remote area in the South of Spain, close to the ancient city of Ronda. Why? For the past few months, I’ve voluntarily helped the EcoVenture Camps with all sorts of public relation, coordination and planning tasks. They are an ecological, non-profit travel agency and offer some great adventurous outdoor programs. I was instantly hooked:

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So after a hopefully awesome 3day road trip through France and Spain, we’ll be preparing the camp for the first participants next week and probably stick around for a bit longer to help them settle in. After that, we still have a few days left for private travels. Maybe to the Algarve, maybe deeper into the Sierra Nevada. We have the luxury of spontaneity and are determined to make the most of our 10day holiday!

The EcoVenture Camps about themselves…

“The camps take place in a 450ha large, remote valley in the South of Spain, about 130km West of Malaga. This unique area belongs to Theo, who’s been living here as an ecological farmer, architect and entrepreneur since decades. He mainly cultivates his own fruits and vegetables. To keep the grass short and prevent erosions he keeps about 20 horses who are allowed to roam freely through the land. We are combining this way of living with sportive activities in nature to enjoy a life as sustainable as possible: As an EcoVenturer you will be sleeping in a tent, do fun outdoor activities like climbing, hiking and yoga, go exploring all day, learn about alternative lifestyles and eat mainly vegetarian/vegan dishes. We want you to go out and reconnect with nature, but the camp is also meant to be a retreat for you – giving you the chance to unwind and relax: In between the activities, there will always be enough time to chill out, laze in the sun and bond the with other participants (…)”

 

 

A demobilized Wanderer

Nope, this injury didn’t happen when we climbed up and down some slippery slopes with the help of chains and ropes. And neither when we came into a raging thunderstorm. It happened in full-on civilization on the day after our return: Eager to maintain our fitness level, we went Bouldering. Sebastian fell down from a height of 3m and twisted his ankle badly – soon after, his foot resembled blue, fluffy dough more than a human foot. Luckily, it’s not broken but he has most likely torn a couple of ligaments. The doctors can’t pinpoint the exact diagnosis though until the bruises and the swelling have gone down a little… Poor fella.

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I guess there’s only one good thing about this: We have plenty of time to edit our videos and pictures… 😉

Boardwalking the Dawg

mapOh how I love waking up on a sunny Sunday knowing that I have no plans except for a date with my two favorite lads Thor and Sebastian! And since those free afternoons are rare enough, we usually plan some fun, sporty activity. This time, we took along our longboards as well as the cheeky dog with the godly name (he belongs to Sebastian’s sister) and set out for a cycle path going from Berlin all the way to Usedom (“Panke-Radweg”). Indeed, it offered a lovely landscape and overall great skating conditions, so we followed it for about 20km until we took the train back from Bernau to Berlin.

 

What a GREAT day out 🙂 Watch this short clip to find out how an amiable, old geezer can ruin all your efforts to create a we’re-cruisin-cool-as-ice-video…

 

 

P.S.: Psssssst, have you seen the countdown on the right hand side of this page? Yes, it’s true: We only have a few more days to kill until we’re setting off for a next big trekking adventure! Whoop-whoop!!

They’re Fairtrade! They’re carbon credits! And they’re the FIRST!

We did it! The Save80 Climate Protection Group is now officially the first Fairtrade carbon credit producer organisation worldwide! Furthermore, it adds an additional country to the family of Fairtrade by being the first project in Lesotho!

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Wait…? Carbon Credits? Fairtrade? Save80? Explain again please!

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Ein Resümee

Heute vor einem Monat bin ich wieder in Berlin gelandet und nach vier Wochen zurück in der Hauptstadt wird es wirklich Zeit für einen abschließenden Rückblick auf Laos.

Mein bester Moment:

Puh, da gab es so einige. Aber meine zwei Favoriten waren wohl diese: In die Top Liste hat es – und das wird euch nicht wundern – natürlich ein Outdoor-Moment geschafft. Kein konkreter, sondern das allgemeine Bauchgefühl der Gibbon-Tour (s.Archiv). Ich liebte die Baumhäuser, das rasende Fliegen entlang der Ziplines, die Waldgeräusche und das satte Grün um mich herum. Daran können auch die Blutegel nichts ändern. Wenn ich draußen bin und laufe, scheint es immer ein bisschen so, als schwebt mein emsiger Ratterkopf ein Stückchen hinter mir und als öffnet sich meine Brust und mein Herz (jipp, das könnte rein physiologisch an dem angestrengten Schnaufen liegen, aber lasst mir ein bisschen philosophischen Kitsch!). In solchen Momenten erlebe ich pure Freiheit und die ewige Getriebenheit fällt von mir ab. Hallelujah, es wird wieder höchste Zeit für das nächste Wander-Abenteuer merke ich gerade…

Und der zweite Favorit geschah in meinem Klassenzimmer beim NFEDC:

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Please mind the gap

Excuse the cheap pun – I do not mean to make a train announcement. Today, I’d like to introduce an awesome tool to you guys: Gapminder.

It allows you to create a great number of statistics and charts based on a huge variety of reliable, current data (very often based on UN organizations). So basically, it’s all about illustrating the widening gap between rich and poor. You can compare many nations in regard to e.g. annual income, gender equality, literacy, …

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