Freitag, 26. August 2011

May the sun shine on you, but not burn your skin all too much

May the sun shine on you, but not burn your skin all too much

A few impressions on life by the Entourage and various people, I met along the road:

Not all are to our gusto, but this is not supposed to be a kindergarten birthday party. Judge for yourself ;-)

„Work is important, as it keeps you occupied. Too much free time ends in boredom.“

„The goal in life is to find the mission of your soul. That could be anything. Truly, working on that mission will ultimately lead to a happy life.“

„It's all about Loving, Living and Laughing.“

„Achieve. Work your way up and beat the others, who will always stay in the 2nd row as a lack of their focus and commitment. Be the best – not a looser.“

“Life is ruled by softness. Flowers can bend in a storm and live on untouched, whereas mighty trees will break through resistance. A child is a tender being as most old people, who have finally accepted their fate of death. Both share an understanding soul. Nevertheless “soft” people, though, are always the ones nobody takes much notice of or even listens to in respect. “Hard” people like bankers and politicians build the top of our social hierarchy, while children, elderly, artists, poets and mystics are situated at the bottom level. This compared to nature, gives the impression of a tree the wrong way around. The “hard” and sturdy roots up in the skies, whereas the beautiful, but soft fruits and flowers of that same tree rot away beneath the earth. It should be the other way around.”

„Living the moment now, makes any past and any future irrelevant and non-real. Most people tend to see a greater and better version of themselves somewhere in the future or the past, but if they would just look at themselves now, they would realize that they are already perfect. Little Buddhas with no need of any illusions about a long forgotten past and never sure future. It happens NOW.“

„Burn the candle from both sides.“

„Trust in HIM and he will destine your fate. Believe in HIM and he will lead you the righteous way.“

„Actions follow words, which develop from thoughts. Just be aware of what you think and say. It might come true as actions are not always mono – originated. Saying Yes might change your life as might also do the word No.“

„I want to be with the one I love. It is all that matters to me. Being with this person and not solely alone makes me live happily in any circumstance or country.“

“Leaving something behind for eternity is what counts for me. I can not stand the thought of being forgotten one day. Great men are mentioned in history, the others just faded away.”

“All that you think you are is only a reflection of a reflection, you see in the eyes and reactions of other people around you. Once you understand that your - so built - ego is nothing more than an illusion – a vast cabinet of mirrors and more mirrors - to satisfy your need of a fixation point in your “virtual” life, you will finally understand that nothing really is. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about.”

“My house. My car. My bank account. My big - boobed wife. My A-grade children. Isn't that great?”

„It is not what you achieve or produce for yourself that counts, but what you do to others. Those actions will judge you as a man or woman and justify a happy or miserable life and afterlife.“

„Be self-centered, but not egoistic. Be self-conscious, but not self-obsessed. Love yourself first, to be able to love others truly.“

„Life is about balance. It seeks no extremes. The duality of everything exists in you as in every other matter of this world. Do not hate yourself for occasional improper thoughts or bad behaviors. Accept your negative sides as a part of you to fully understand yourself as a whole being. Only so can you reach a level of balance and a fuller, happier life. You will do more good things, because you are aware of their negative equivalents.“

„Instead of wondering what your purpose in life is, you should start living it.“

„When I was young, I saw myself in many different places. I could have never imagined that all those hopes, wishes and fears would simply disappear as soon as my first son came to this world. Sort of opened my eyes. Looking back, I think it's all about trying to get close to yourself to then keep an essence of that when your real mission as a parent starts. It's not only about you then, you know?“

„For most humans out there, life is like sitting on a toilet, while constantly eating fastfood and drinking beer. Their shit smells accordingly to that lifestyle. Luckily,so they think, they got their precious, money printed toilet paper to make them forget about all that crap coming out of them. One day though, the last paper will be used. Will they be able to stand the smell?“

„Just can't be bothered with thinking about any whys, whats and hows. People change their minds every minute, their jobs and careers a few times in their lives and surely their loved ones a couple of times as the years go by, even though society tries to give them the impression that all those transformations within are wrong. Why though? Haven't you ever rethought your opinions on an important matter or truly loved someone for only half a day, because life smiled a little more on you in that moment? Nothing is wrong with being honest to yourself. Being fickle. Everyone changes all the time. Allow yourself to change.“

„Dude, look at all those „good guys“. They are so understanding for all the faulties of the people around them. I certainly admire those „good guys“ and all their feel and endless love for their surroundings, but when will they ever start to forgive themselves? Accept yourself, dude. Nobody is perfect. Not even you. You DESERVE a happy life, too.“

“When I was about 15 years old, I had prepared a really exquisite, but rather boring speech about Bill Clinton for my English course. My mum advised me to spice it up by inviting Bill Clinton himself. The fact that I actually did exactly that in a 2 page email changed my life. I cant thank my mum enough for that random advise. I somehow understood the flow of things around me. I lost my fear about life going bad. If you are too afraid to risk something you think it is worth fighting for, you have already lost by not trying. Bill never came, but his secretary's reply was full of love and encouragement to always aim highest for yourself. Not necessarily in a materialist way – I now understand – but for you own life. I promised myself never to ignore that “flow of things” ever again.”

„I don't really know what to say. Haven't thought much about what we are here for or how I should life my life exactly. I just go along, I guess.“

„If your boil your life down to the real important things, what is there? Ask yourself WHY you are doing all that bullshit in your life. What is it that really keeps you going? What makes you happy? You want to be rich? Famous? Respected? Why? Certainly, it is possible to find an answer to those questions, but it should be a good one.“

„Feeling sorry for the beggar around the at the corner store? Surely, there is good reasons for that. Maybe he looks sort of shabby, got no real home and might have less than a dollar in his pocket, but also take a closer look at the great gifts he is carrying with him. Freedom, an honest smile, patience, the ability to endure. He might end up feeling sorry for you in the end.“

„Most people only perceive things, which surround them in a three meter radius. Try and observe. You will be quite surprised, because its literally true. Do me and yourself a favor and walk around looking at the horizon for one day straight. Yes, I mean: Lift your head and look in the distance. Having done that once, I don't think you will come back and ask me for some meaning of life again.“

„I like fun.“

“It's love. Plainly and simply LOVE is what matters. Don't pick that word apart, rather let it flourish in your heart.”

With all our hearts, the Entourage wishes you a very nice, sun-shiny day.

We say goodbye with one, last interesting fact: By cutting down you meat consumption by 20%, your positive effect on global warming equals driving a hybrid car. Something to ponder about.

Dienstag, 16. August 2011

A roadtrip to Nirvana

A roadtrip to Nirvana

Have been surfing in the pouring rain for hours today. Steven is out riding waves right now. We finally arrived in La Punta/North Puerto Escondido two days ago. How we got here is quite a tale.

And quite an explanatory one, so if it should be too much just enjoy the pictures;-)

The following day I uploaded the last blog, the Entourage set off south to explore more waves along the mesmerizing Pacific coast of Mexico Mainland. After a five hour drive with our dear Rofonso – our VW Beetle – we arrived at a cute, little village called „Tenexpa“, which lies about one and a half hours north of Acapulco. Getting to the beach itself resulted in quite a mission, as we had to leave the car at a lagoon and took a boat over to the sandy realms of Playa Tenexpa. As soon as the first member of the Entourage had set his foot on that beach, all of us knew we were in paradise. Not like “surfing paradise” or “party paradise”, no it was all that “girlie paradise”, with all the white sand, the palm trees and nothing more than some wooden huts randomly spread along the endless sandy strip, where ocean and earth greet and hug each other affectionately, day to day.

After setting up our hammocks, I decided to go for some skinny dipping down the way, as I saw some European dudes digging in the sand. Seriously?! I went over to say Hallo, still wondering where the heck those guys had appeared from and why they were digging wholes in our little piece of “girlie paradise”. Volunteers from all over the world. Ah, here to rescue turtles. Nice, I studied that stuff in university for three years. Wow, you guys should come along tonight! So, we did, but sleep took over before we even had the chance to get seriously involved in a proper night-search-turtle-hunter-detecting-team. Thumbs up though! These guys managed to rescue more than 500.00 turtles in 14 years, necessary because – besides natural hazards – turtles and especially turtles eggs still count to that group of “believed” natural aphrodisiacs, which brainless people tend to consume illegally even though this fascinating species is priority one on the red list of nearly extinguished animals. The volunteers collect the eggs, which the mother turtles lay at night and rearrange those eggs in more suitable holes that the guys and girls dig all day in the merciless heat.

Next up was our “passage” through the bustling city of Acapulco. We've had heard horror stories about that place, mostly including corrupt, cocaine consuming, wiedro cops, who try to make your life just a little harder. But not with us! We are utmost experienced travelers with awesome skills of observations and negotiation! So, we thought... . Of course, I had to happen that two police men found our surfboards on Ronfonso's top convincing enough to pulls us over in order to give us a shit time by explaining us that we didn't “respectado” something, we clearly did not not respectado. Anyways, the two of them took quite an amount of money off us. The other choice would have been to come back to the police station the next day. As if... we were more than happy to leave Acapulco the fastest our car would carry. On our further travels, we found out that the same exact thing happened on the same exact spot to four other traveling parties that same exact day...

But our race out of town must have over exhausted Rofonso beyond all limits, as he decided to break down at the city center of a small, random town called Maquelia. That “one by two streets” place became our home for the next 4 and a half days. The clutch is broken, no the transmission oil needs to be filled up, no its the transmission itself is pulverized and so on... No waves, but a lot of waiting and praying in the heat of Maquelia's sun-exposed streets, hoping that we could somehow take off sooner or later. We even considered to leave Rofonso behind, because our minds were just too tired with all that annoying mechanics nonsense. We didn't and after a very emotional time – and a lot of love/hate - between Salvador, our mechanic, and me, we were extraordinarily surprised to see Rofonso – all smooth running – again. 125 Euros changed pockets (4 days of mechanics work/ about 25 hours I saw him working on the car and a new/old transmission included) and we were back on the road to arrive in Puerto Escondidio soon. To make the whole entry a littler tighter: Salvador had forgotten of put in the transmission oil, so we cranked up the new transmission after about 3 hours. Luckily, we found some mui sympathico people at a taco Inn, who offered to give Rofonso a nice automobile retirement life, if we would sell him for half the price we had already invested in our charming, but a little unsteady travel companion. The deals was done and now we are sad, but happy for Rofonso and his new home. I think, we overdid it a little bit, ushering him all along the country, up and down dirt road for over 1500 kilometers in total. He had been 28 after all.. old dude...

This is were today's blog ends. Quite a long one this time, I know.

Only one more thing. The two guys in front of the yellow wall are two new friends, we met whilst our stay in Maquelia. Those inspiring individuals seriously biked down from Vancouver, Canada all the way to Maquelia, where we encountered them one their 101st day on the road with their bicycles. Their trip is going t last them 300 days in total and eventually will lead them through the whole of Central America to - finally - touch Argentinian soil. I guess, quite a lot of you guys out there might be interested in their journey, therefore, I post the link to their blog here:

By the way, they are not shaving their beards since Canada. Nice.

Big love and a happy smiley day to all beasts and flowers,

Your Entourage

Sonntag, 7. August 2011

Breathe in – breathe out

Breathe in – breathe out

Wondering, if „level three“ labeled on the rusty fan can really be level three, feeling the way too tender wind blowing continuously around my head. The heat of the sunny days makes us live in the mornings and evenings. We quickly understood, why the Mexicans were the first ones, who offically invented the”siesta”. Having survived a pretty bad food poisoning, which inflicted the whole Entourage, everyone now smiles the most brilliant smiles as we continue on living the Mexican dream. The surf had been picking up over the last few days and we felt and still feel stoked to rip the long, mellow waves of Nexpa Point. Our third team member though – Rofonso, our VW Beetle – seems to get more and more impatient as the slow week in Nexpa leaves him and his transportation skills sort of aside. Therefore, our journey to the south will be continued tomorrow. There are still over 1000 km to go until we will hopefully reach the mysterious beaches of Salina Cruz. But, we are in no haste at all. There is one more month to go and and we never ought to forget: Only travel as fast as your soul can do.

All the best to you and all the loving people around the world,

your Entourage

Montag, 1. August 2011

Maybe I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one

Maybe I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one

Hey hallo folks,

the Entourgae is dream-living again! This time it is the country of all countries in means of getting away – escaping – or surfing, sleeping, eating only: Mexico. [Pacific coast, Mainland]

Just getting there was a nice experience. One of the members of the Entourage – Steven – is a little bit of a „Schwabe“ as we say in Germany, which means that - in order to get the cheapest possible flight - I had to get from Munich to Brussels first, to meet him there. I flew one day early to do „the parachute“, a very risky method to find a sleeping spot. Basically, you just turn up in a new city, hit the bars with all your stuff and hope that somebody might have the heart to offer you a couch for the night. This time though, „the parachute“ was completely unnecessary! As I exited the train station of Brussels Central, I saw a funny looking Japanese – basker – dude, who had leaves painted all over his face. I went over to ask him for some budget accomodations, but he just smiled and told me to come along. So I did and to make a long story short, I spent my night for free in the „123 squad“ in Brussels, which is an „legally“ occupied house where 65 people live all together as they wish and feel like [the pictures of me and the bed are taken in that 123 squad place]. I felt so lucky and blessed being offered a bed, food and wierd conversations in „EngFrenchSpanish“ with a whole bunch of free spirits.

The next day, the Entourage took the flight to Mex City, where we had already checked out a couch through Rodrigo and his huge Pitbull and Jack Terrier welcomed us happily into their apartement and even drove us to the bus stop, where a bus took us all the way to Guadalaraja. With a good feeling from Mex City, we were welcomed by Alfonso, who I met in Indonesia last year. This guy was so amazing over the next few days – it is sheer unbelieveable! He showed us his city, helped us to by our 1983 old VW Beetle ;-) and even painted it. Besides that Alfonso and his family offered us their house for 4 nights and made us feel like part of a proper Mexican family. I cant thank Alfonso, Rodrigo and all the other guys enough and maybe some people wont understand until they lived it through themselves at least once, how very much helpful it is, if somebody welcomes you into a foreign country like that. To all the guys, who like the painting on our car, please check: for more artwork of Alfonso, a very talented sort of guy when it comes to everything to do with creativity.

This whole report is getting quite long, so I'll do a little bit of sumarizing:

  1. 1983 VW Beetle – bought – next day told that we were crazy having bought that – fixed all in one day – got a perfect car, which kept being our friend for over 500ks so far - and his name is "Rofonso" in thanks to our friends Alfonso and Rodrigo!

  2. The mission to buy boards – failed immensely – sitting here with one broken one, because we were too cheap to spent more than 70 Euros – some things you'll never learn

  3. The surf – AMAZING – in La Ticla at the moment – very mellow atmosphere

We really wish you all the best for the summer and hope you are going to have a lot of laughs, loving moments and living experiences,

your Entourage and Alfonso and his friends, who are awesome enough to visit us for a few days here in La Ticla. And guess what: they have brought some boards with them ;-) Angels

PS: This blog was supposed to be in the internet three days ago. Now we are already in Neixpa, a city 3 hours south of La Ticla ;-)