August 19' Monthly Selects

 
The World is on Fire. Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

The World is on Fire.
Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

This month recap is a little different

Don't matter spectacular places or journey notes, will get to that later, climate changes matters, our planet is what really matters.

If you followed the latest news, the Amazon Rainforest is set on fire. On top of that Siberia, Indonesia, Greenland, The Canary Islands, and Alaska forests are on fire too. (Source)

One of the reasons for the fires is deforestation, and that is a massive issue. Not only because it produces nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions. It's also responsible for a major loss of wildlife on earth. And lastly, it is used to generate even more carbon emissions, cattle ranching, mainly beef, and agriculture to feed that livestock, only to send that food to fast-food restaurants around the globe, EU and USA are a big portion in that deal.

Well, I think by now we know, that model doesn't work. This is our irresponsibility, and the worse of all, it seems no one cares.

Hey! Don't lose hope, don't give up.
Earth needs us, and 
these five things are hopeful. 


On top of that, every action we do, it does make the difference, going to list a few here, but hey, these are not the only ones.

  • It's important what we eat, of course, the easy to say would be to become vegan, let's start small, try to avoid fast-food meat, processed beef and chicken products. I think it's something we can all do.

  • Whenever possible choose walking, biking or public transportation over a car. And if you need a car, start a carpool.

  • Support arts, science, and other projects that raise awareness. And let's help each other educating on these issues, share with friends, talk about it.

  • Vote for those who offer solutions, sign petitions, demand actions.

  • Lastly, donate something to and NGO of your choice. (Ideas: 1% For The Planet, Rainforest Trust, Rainforest Alliance)

Don't underestimate the power of a community,
we can make a difference.
And we only have one planet, our planet.

As I said at the beginning, this month is different, let's start with


INSIGHTFUL WORDS

Another Escape: The Water Volume

This volume shares incredibly inspiring stories from people who are deeply connected to water. Whether ocean or rivers all these stories encourage me, and maybe you to think about the health of our rivers, lakes, and oceans, how to protect them, and most importantly, how to become inspired by them, be in contact with them.

Do you live in Madrid? You can borrow my copy! Simply reply to this email.


BITS OF INSPIRATION

ARTIFISHAL

This is a film for the future of wild fish around the globe, in particular about wild salmon, and how it can be extinct.
I can only be thankful for sharing the knowledge and help me to be conscious whenever I crave for sushi.

Watch these two short films to understand the issue, inspiring what these people are doing for us.


JOURNEY NOTES

WEST COAST

By reading the field notes, I now, remember how bad this weather was, I laugh reading notes and feel how frustrated I was in this coast, day after day, rain non-stop and I simply wanted to capture the raw beauty of this coast. There's always something to learn, and honestly, the weather doesn't affect my mood anymore, it's something we can fight against, so deal with it.

48H OF ARTHUR'S PASS

Arthur's Pass was nothing but an incredible place, we hadn't read much about it, nor seen it on guides, yet it had us in awe, even though we had a day where nothing could be seen, and we couldn't do much but drive around. The day after it's landscape blew my mind, most pristine areas I visited.

Chamonix Timelapse 4K

In this short film, you'll be taken to the Chamonix Valley and the beauty of the alps. Having visited this area before it was the time to capture, in a form of Timelapse, the motion of the valley.

Finally, I got more into video and I released this first timelapse, I hope you like it, as part of something different.

Amazing Places

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

It's been a while since I had this place on my list, yet it was a short visit, totally worthy.

Even though couldn't do sunrise or sunset due to regulations this place deserves more time and definitely a fantastic one for abstract images from top-down. 

These images were taken while in there if you are close or passing by, do not skip it.


Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.


If there's one thing you take from this monthly recap, I hope it's how important our planet and its ecosystems are, adjusting our eating habits is very important, we need to take care of the earth as if its the only one because we have no other.

I would love to hear from you, solutions, stories, anything else, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

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July 19' Monthly Selects

 
Milky Way over Mont Blanc, and my tent @ Lac des Cheserys, France.

Milky Way over Mont Blanc, and my tent @ Lac des Cheserys, France.

Full summer mode ON. With heatwaves all around, smashing high-temperature record across Europe, it was kinda difficult to escape it.

Yet, it’s great to feel some warm days, not too many for me, and that’s why during a couple of weeks I headed out to the Alps seeking for fresh air, a few snow patches and nights out in the tent where to cool down.

Not only that, in fact, it’s becoming a ritual, to spend a few days around Chamonix, where my lilbrother runs the Marathon du Mont Blanc, a race, I’m considering joining one year, cause I was terribly jealous of my brother both times he finished.


Anyway, let the monthly selects started! And remember, you can read any of the previous months in here

Journey Notes

48H OF OANAKA

Wanaka is a well-known area in New Zealand, maybe for its tree, maybe for its outdoor activities or maybe because it’s really close to Queenstown Airport. In any case, its beauty it’s undeniable.

We had a few hikes around, both Roys and Isthmus peaks offered stunning vistas while their ascent was a rough work out for us, always rewarding at the end.

In this post, you’ll see how 48h were spent around and hopefully serve as a guide.

CROIX DE FER

These aren’t fieldnotes, in fact, by the time I will write about this trip, it will probably be 2020, however, I have had the feeling I wanted to get more into video, this is far from perfect, and I know there are plenty of things to improve, yet, you’ve got to start somewhere and that’s what motivated me to share this one. Hope you like it.

Watch Video

Amazing Places

Chamonix, France

I still remember last year when for the first time I looked up high to the Mont Blanc and all those granite spikes.
Well, they truly left me in awe.

When this year, my brother was selected to run the Marathon du Mont Blanc,
I had no doubt I was coming back. Endless hikes, precious views, trails to explore and more was the bait, and once again,
I came back saying, well, I guess I have to come back again and keep hiking around.

I could share many moments from this year, however, there are other’s stories to share too.
And if you are in Europe, highly recommend visiting Chamonix.

If you can't wait to see this story, check out the tracking on Polarsteps

Sunset at Le Brevent. Last night out.

Sunset at Le Brevent. Last night out.

Krystle Wright has made into the newsletter before, but she is truly inspiring.

What we do is a big reflection of who we are and Krystle Wright,
and the athletes in this film, that means following their passions in the outdoors.

Whether that's getting rowdy on the trail, in the climbing gym or behind the camera, it takes guts.

After watching this short film, I promise, you'll want to leave everything at that moment, and head out to enjoy the outdoors in any form.

I usually don't share political stuff in here and hope this doesn't count as politics.

Watched this Ted talk recently and if we leave aside all those political connotations, I do agree with George Monbiot, we need a new story,

There are a few sentences that I would really like to emphasize.

"What we need to create is a community based on bridging networks, not bonding networks. Now a bonding network brings together people from a homogenous group, whereas bridging network brings together people from different groups."

"Whether or not you feel this is the right story I hope you'll agree that we need one, we need a new restoration story"

And given said that I hope you enjoy his talk.

Insightful Words

50 PEAKS BY SCOTT KRANZ


When I first heard of this project, 50 peaks, it really caught my attention. Starting by Scott story, following by the reason of achieving such a project and ending with his book being published, which without a doubt I wanted to read.

Honestly, I haven’t finished reading his book, yet I can already recommend. He tells his story to start with, that’s incredibly inspiring, and then, he just got me into the North Cascades National Park, a park I had never heard of, and looks fantastic. Thanks to Scott I discovered a new place probably I’d had never known even existed, but now, it’s on my list. Isn’t that amazing?

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BABY DRIVER

It’s no secret, soon I’ll become father, on one side, it scares me, on the other side, it really excites me. When you think of traveling and the outdoors with a newborn, well, everyone has their thoughts and it’s ok. I, personally, dream about the moments we will spend in the outdoors.

Tommy shared their trip with an eight-week-old baby and besides his amazing photography of the mighty five in Utah, he just showed what can be done, and that, it really inspires me as well.

And as he says, if it’s not your style, it’s great too, however, I hope you like it!

Check it out here


Thanks for reading ♥️

I'm looking forward to hearing from you, where are you heading this summer? Beach? Mountains?

Wherever you go, enjoy to the fullest!
Wish you a fantastic summer ahead!


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June 19' Monthly Selects

 
Volcà del Croscat, Girona

Volcà del Croscat, Girona

It's about half of the year and I almost didn't realize how fast time goes, so better live to the fullest.

June, the month of changing seasons again, summer starts so do most holiday periods in the northern hemisphere.

Bluebird skies, at least where I live, long light days and high temperatures.

Personally, I do not acclimatize well to the heat and seek cold places, yet this month brought me to the coastline in my home country, which I'm grateful too.

What about you? Have you been abroad this June?
Not necessarily, have you visited a new place around?
Simply reply to this email with some inspiration, really interested to know :)

Like every other former month, you can read this newsletter on my site too just in case you've missed previous editions.

Thanks, everyone for being there month by month and welcome new subscribers!
Let's share this month inspiring stories.

Journey Notes

MILFORD SOUND

The wettest inhabited place in New Zealand.

48H OF QUEENSTOWN

Tāhuna

Finally! Back on writing twice a month, still on New Zealand though.

At first Milford Sound, truly a magical place on earth. In truth, it’s the action of glaciers that carved these razor-edge cliffs, on top of that rain non-stop brings to life hundreds of waterfalls otherwise unseen, and even though initially can be shocking and to some frustrating, I believe Milford Sound in full swing is when it rains.

End of the month I shared 48h of Queenstown. The city served us as a hub while traveling further south or north, and it didn't disappoint at all.
One of the cities with the clearest skies I've ever seen, surrounded by majestic mountains, spectacular lakes and gorges, and even though it could be touristy, there are plenty of activities to go around.

Hope you like them 🤞

Amazing Places

Santa Margarida Volcano, Girona

Santa Margarida Volcano, Girona

As I said at the beginning, this month I was privileged to visit a couple of places in my home country, places I hadn't visited before, places that left me in awe, and I was seeking for a while now.

La Garrotxa, in Girona, a huge natural park with many extinct volcanic cones. None of the volcanoes are active anymore, however, the region is still seismically active.

Milky Way over the volcanic mountains, Cabo de Gata.

Milky Way over the volcanic mountains, Cabo de Gata.

Within 24h, having driven for about 1.300 km, I was all the way in the south region of Almeria, this time to visit Cabo de Gata.

Another volcanic area, way different than the former, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's oldest geological features.

This place falls steeply to the Mediterranean Sea and features sharp peaks, high cliffs, and sandy beaches, some people even said a unique paradise within Europe.

To me are both pretty spectacular, and I will definitely come back to both to explore in depth.

Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.

Underwater images while snorkeling at Cabo de Gata.

Bits of inspiration.

This month I haven't watched all the videos below, but I thought of recommending a bunch of great stuff from Netflix. So here we go!

The fact that climate change is here is undeniable, we may not see the consequences at first glance, but when we look deeper, it is real. Glaciers are shrinking faster than ever, some species are close to extinction, and oceans getting warmer by the day.

This series is the most spectacular I've watched in a while, thanks to the latest technology, the images in this documentary will leave you in awe seeing the planet we live, our home.

Netflix

Continuing on the climate change topic, Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

This documentary really caught my attention by seen how complicated negotiations can be, especially when, we, the western world ask our brothers and sisters from countries in development to change their policies to save the world.

Quite an interesting topic today more than ever.

Netflix

Insightful Words

SUPER ALPINE

A JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND STORIES FROM HIGH ALTITUDE


Even though this magazine doesn't have such great stories as the previous I've mentioned here, their first volume showed me how some places close by are wonderful but also taught me a bit of the history of Chamonix, which I'm currently at again this year.

WILDERNESS MAGAZINE
The Endurance Issue

This month Wilderness Magazine made it again to the insightful words section.

In particular, in this volume, Interview to Ruthie Lindsey, a story of Joy through endless Pain. At seventeen years old, she was hit by an ambulance, after years of chronic pain, painkillers, depression... you name it.

Until she chose to change her narrative, went home to the same town where she almost lost her life. She decided to learn joy again, to retrain her spirit to soothe her physical pain, to salvage strength from her suffering.

You can read much more from her story, and watch her story too.

Extra
Kilian Jornet Interview

A really good friend o mine, Adrian, shared an interview to Kilian Jornet in the Spanish paper, Expansion.

Kilian is clearly one of those superhumans, but it's also one of the most impressive hard training persons, during winter he trains 3-4 hours in the morning and 1-2 in the afternoon every day, and during summer he trains 2 times a day, between 2 and 7 hours every day, clearly he deserves to win.

Even though is in Spanish, you can translate easily with google.


And, whoa! We kickstart the second half of the year, and I wish you all the best, make sure to make it count!

Thank you again for being there all this time, hope we can be together for, at least, another 6 months. 

I would love to hear from you if you have anything to add, inspiring stories, or simply say hello, please get in touch.

I’m all ears! 

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May 19' Monthly Selects

 
Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

May 2019, started off in Slovenia, not the greatest weather, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Then the month turned upside down as I was diagnosed with asthma and really bogged me down, not the fact I need an inhaler, but that I can physically do many sports, I get out of breath rather quickly and that's quite frustrating.

Any case, with asthma or not I had agreed to share a few images on my first ever photography exhibit, wow! Preparation was exhausting but reached due date with everything ready.

And I had a blast with everyone who came, enjoyed and asked.
Feeling grateful for that.

 Exhibition Sala Siroco, 2019

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Let's start with the usual notes. Did you read about the previous month?
Whether you did or not, remember I share every month as part of blog series, check it out here April '19

Journey Notes

AORAKI / MT COOK

Aoraki / Mount Cook was a natural step on the road through New Zealand and it did not disappoint at all.

Driving next to Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook, the highest in New Zealand, on sight, was truly mesmerizing, and the days after a gift by nature, you can see all the details in the post.

Amazing Places

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Slovenia has surpassed my expectations, the weather wasn’t at its best, and we missed sight to many mountain peaks I would like to have captured, however, weather-wise, we are never in charge, Mother Earth is, and therefore we tried to make the best out of it.

Slovenian people are incredibly warm and kind, food is great for its price and how they care about their country is amazing, I’m glad isn’t far from many places in Europe and I hope I can visit again soon.

Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

I follow Reuben Wu on Instagram and he truly amazes me with every image, but with this project, he goes beyond anything I had seen before. Shooting at night with a drone and lights attached to them, it shows incredible creativity and honestly, I can't imagine how difficult must have been to accomplish such powerful images.

Fiona is a role model to challenge anyone, personally I was totally impressed by what she has accomplished, being vegan for more than 40 years, running everything worldwide, on every continent, and every ecosystem, the desert, Antartica and the North Pole, and setting world records everywhere she goes, simply an inspiration.

Insightful Words

A RACE AGAINST TIME
Combatting Illegal and Unsustainable Trade in Endangered Species in Indonesia

A huge percentage of today's wild animal population has disappeared, it's not a secret to anyone that we are facing another massive extinction and we gotta do something about. Whether Indonesia or anywhere else in this post there key actions we can do to help, and that really gives me hope.

WILDERNESS MAGAZINE
The Oceans Issue

Although by now you already know I'm a mountain lover, it doesn't mean I live by and for the mountains, I do like to explore and get information about different ecosystems.
The Ocean scares me at the same time make me feel relaxing, swimming or diving, the ocean is incredibly powerful, and the stories in this issue are as powerful as the ocean.
If I have to choose I was astounded by an interview to Fabien Cousteau on carrying on Jacques legacy. Such extraordinary work they do today.


Well, that was May.
Thank you for being part of this growing community. I hope you enjoyed monthly writeup, and wish all the best for what's coming in June.

Remember, I would love to hear from you if you have anything to add or inspiring stories, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

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April 19' Monthly Selects

 
Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

APRIL 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

Another month another newsletter, a special one!

Finally! Fine Art Prints online shop is live! Every print has been carefully selected from all around the globe.

But what's most important is that, for every purchase, you not only support my work, you will donate 6% of the print total value to an NGO on the quest to save our planet! That's amazing!

If interested to purchase any of the available, use “LAUNCH” code for 20% off your first entire order.

Did you miss previous month newsletter? Does sound interesting? Well, you can read all about that here March Selects

Let's dive into April's stories!

Journey Notes

Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo we spent about 24h long, it was intense, yet we brought amazing memories from that place in New Zealand.

Terrific night skies, mind-blowing sunrise and fantastic area to roam around. Sure 24h isn't long enough, but we made the best out of it and this story is all about that!

Amazing Places

Spring is here, well not really in Spain, but we thought it was the time to get abroad, usually, we like to get somewhere during this time of the year, its shoulder season, not too crowded, cheaper fares and weather normally respect us.

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Destination: São Miguel, The Azores.

It had been on my list for a while now, glad we made it there. The island is truly a pearl, its natural gems, evergreen forests and rugged coastlines make it look like a paradise for nature lovers. I can't wait to share more of the images the coming days over Instagram.

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Bits of inspiration.

This month the great documentary of Our Planet was released on Netflix, haven't had the time to watch yet but it looks promising!

I could watch his speech over and over, listening to Sir David Attenborough it always inspiring, however, this time he is so touching.

To mention a few quotes:

“right now we are in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction”

“96 % of the mass of mammals on earth our planet today are us and livestock we domesticated only 4% is everything else”

And one more:

“Nature once determined how we survive, now we determine how nature survives.”

I really hope we simply watch him and think twice about our actions, we are here to learn and it’s in our hands to get our planet back on track.

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, and that has been quite inspiring, not only the ascent but to actually see how these expeditions get prepared.

They filmed themselves while climbing, but what I found most interesting was the short movies about how to prepare the route, how to get fit, how to pick up a partner and how to get back home safe.

Both videos and reading material are amazing, simply check it out.

Insightful Words

Its the first volume I read from Wilderness Magazine, and I'm impressed, it's been truly inspiring as a whole, but if I had to pick one essay, it would be this one "Adventure is Ruined".

The essay speaks about the Adventure true meaning as of today, and there were a few sentences that really called my attention and maybe it gives you a bit of insight and gets to read the story.

German sociologist Erich Fromm put it like this: "We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent -- people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save"

Chris Wiersma defines "authentic adventure" as activities involving some small measure of high managed thrills with little or no real risk.

Great read sharing 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In the western world we pretty much consider these goals for granted, we have access to clean water, energy, quality education, and very decent health care systems, if not the best health systems in the world. Those though aren’t as granted for everyone, unfortunately, there are many people who don’t have access to that, or they live in poverty.

Reading through this post it really inspired me to do more, we have the resources to make the change and it seems we don’t do enough. Hope inspires you as well and makes you feel privileged for having all the above easily accessible.


One More Thing

For the coming month, May, on the 30th, Thursday, I'll be sharing my first ever photography exhibition, and I can't be more excited about that! 🎊

It will be in Madrid, at Sala Siroco from 21:00h to 01:00h I wish all of you could attend and enjoy some time with you, so for those who can come here all the details.


Sigh! That was all about April! Wish you the best for the coming month full of surprises and joy!


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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March 19' Monthly Selects

 
Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

MARCH 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

What a month, busy in the making for the prints online shop,

Creating a business and preparing spring trips! How was your month?

Did you subscribe after in March?
Didn’t have a chance to read the previous month newsletter?
No worries, head over February Selects and check it out.

Journey Notes

48H of Banks Peninsula

Mt Sunday

I’m truly behind sharing these stories and somehow I love it. Going through all those images reminds me so much of the trip aroundNew Zealand, and even though in the northern hemisphere we are entering spring, these two stories will transport you back to Autumn and Winter.Landing in New Zealand couldn’t have started better, just at sunset over the Southern Alps, majestic mountains in the south island. Got me excited already before stepping in the country!

The other destination turned out to be, one of the highlights, if not "The Highlight" of New Zealand. Mt Sunday aka Edoras, or Rohan from the Lord of the Rings, what a site!

Amazing Places

Once again traveling back and forward between hometown and Madrid, preparing all the formalities for business creating, left not much time for pleasure, although sometimes a weekend is just enough.

 Denia, Alicante, Spain.

A new area on the coast of Spain I hadn't visited before. Cap the San Antoni, a wonderful marine reserve in which to see the city of Javea (in the picture), Ibiza island and impressive cliffs to the Mediterranean Sea.

Bits of inspiration.

Personally, winter is a season I really appreciate, different to many I enjoy the cold crisp air in the morning and don’t mind having to wear a few extra layers. This winter though has been rather short, and there’s no other way that seeing others to be inspired and get that feeling.

This family had been in expeditions before, from Alaska to Japan they had skied all.In this story, they explore and reconnect an area in their home country in the North of Sweden.

Their story is also to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the planet we all live in.

”Statistics over the last 20 years show a one metre per year decrease of the south peak, due to snow melt”

During January, Gilly McArthur undertook a challenge to swim in the local Cumbrian lakes and tarns every day to raise money and awareness for the health charity, Mind.Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?The answer is simply inspiring.

Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?

The answer is simply inspiring.

These two stories brought a bit of winter cold and now I’m ready to face spring! Hope you too!

Insightful Words

The Gap by Ira Glass

These words aren’t on a magazine or a newspaper, Daniel Sax created this video for himself and anybody in doubt with her creative career or willing to try something else, something different and always seeking improvement. Probably the most inspiring words this month.

Sidetracked, Volumen 14

This volume got me excited, its main theme, “taking risks and taking care“.

Remarkable written stories.

The Call, by Jillian A. Brown

What she learned on that trip might impact her for the rest of her life. Can’t recommend enough this story if you can purchase the volume.

The Shining Wall, by Jeremiah Watt

”I’m fully honored to have been inspired by his humility, insight, and ambition. His was a light extinguished too soon. I hope the ice is fat, the mountains tall, and the days long wherever your spirit resides.”

This volume had me thinking about these words I thought it may you think as well.”Earth is a place we camp through with skill and care, leaving little trace, and picking up treasured memories during our time limited stay.”


Hoping you enjoyed those bits above. That’s a wrap! Wishing you all the best for April, make it count! 🤘


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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February 19' Monthly Selects

 
Sunrise Room View @ Benasque Valley

Sunrise Room View @ Benasque Valley

FEBRUARY 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

Almost in no time February 19’ is over, and with it the selections of the month! 🙌

Remember, if you didn’t have the time to read January Selects, go ahead and check it out Monthly Selects.

Let’s start the sharing!

Journey Notes

Fraser & Whitsunday Islands
Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The last of the last stories from Australia.

My confession goes here, it has been amazing to re-edit and share these two stories.Fraser and Whitsunday were truly an experience, both islands had its unique beauty and I feel so lucky to have been there to show you.

However, the Australian journey couldn’t have finished in a better way. A highly recommended adventure, living aboard Ocean Quest vessel for the 3 days, diving 4 times a day and seeing an incredible marine life.The Great Barrier Reef left us speechless, so I hope it does you the same.

Amazing Places


This month it has been quite busy with something in the making, but I’ll share that in a few days. Therefore I simply had a weekend getaway.

 Cerler ski trip February 2019

A weekend in the Pyrenees, in particular Cerler Ski Station, Huesca, Spain.Three days of skiing in which, even though the snow wasn't at its greatest conditions, I recharged inspiration for a month. Being surrounded by the nature beauty, by high mountains, getting hit by the strong wind, it simply remind me how small we are, and we had fun days on the slopes too.

Bits of inspiration.

This month, maybe more than others, I felt the need to share how lucky we are to live we were we live. Yet, we’re recklessly using all natural resources of the planet. We are worshiping the God of money and just buying and wasting, while others live in poverty destroying the environment to survive, but we, destroy the environment in order to have more than we need.

It’s difficult for me to share a remarkable sentence or quote from Jane Goodall, so I would highly recommend to watch her talking.

”Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference”
- What kind of difference you make?

This 25 min film tells the story of Rankin Jackson’s struggle to provide for his family while trying to survive the push of drug running and ultimately how fly fishing revealed his road to redemption.

”I’m not afraid of drug runners, you know? I’m afraid of Pirates”

”What about if I get killed? What if I get hijacked? What if I they take me to prison - You got the opportunity to get 10.000 $, and buy his medication for a year? - I don’t wanna lose my son, I’d do anything for him”

We are so fortunate to have been born in a peaceful place, with resources, and yet we don’t feel that as a privilege. This film will show some of it, go watch it.

I hope these stories encourage you to seize the week, month, year and find your way to make a positive impact.

Insightful Words

Sidetracked, Volumen 13

Two stories,

A story about chasing tornadoes in the US.
Incredibly well written made me want to go straight away into a storm an feel the power of dust, wind, and rain.

She goes with her dog, two horses across 1.000 miles in Patagonia,
and having been there it really made feel what she had gone through.
A powerful written story. See more of it in her site.


Well, that’s enough internet for today! I really hope the above mentioned inspires you to make a change.


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

Please send me an email at javi@javilorbada.com or contact me through the contact form.


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January 19' Monthly Selects

 
Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

JANUARY 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

The first month of the year, first newsletter, exciting! 🎉

Hope you liked the last one and went through all the information there, but if you didn’t, no worries, there will be an archive.

Check it out in Monthly Selects

After Christmas, we all start to work out again, back to business and all that stuff. I did my work too, so here I go.

Journey Notes

New South Wales

Queensland

Two more stories from Australia.

First, arriving onto Sydney, a city that really captivated us, we enjoy the vibes and saw us living there for a while.

The latter, Queensland, a huge state in Australia, quite long to drive, but spectacular nonetheless, if I had to choose, Wallaman Falls were the highlight.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in some road tripping vibes to start the year!

Amazing Places

I had the chance to visit a couple of places.

 Asturias 2019, Cangas de Onis, Lagos de Covadonga, Bulnes, Picos de Europa

The first weekend in January I spent a weekend in Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias, in the north of Spain.

I knew it was going to be amazing, however, it really surpassed my expectations. The north of Spain it’s spectacular and once again I saw that.

 Avoriaz ski trip January 2019

Last weekend of the month I went to Avoriaz, France. Past year we missed the skiing trip, and this year we couldn't miss it again.

Avoriaz itself is this amazing, a little village at 1800m, with the slops straight from your apartment. I never thought we could ever stay here.

Snow conditions were superb, and have a few days in the snowed mountains with friends is priceless, isn't it?

Bits of Inspiration

My inspiration comes mostly from the natural world in we live in, whether an expedition, saving the animal kingdom or sharing ways of living more sustainable, this month I bring something that’ll make you think, and maybe drop a few tears.

Community United for Elephants

A four-minute video that shows the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya. The first-ever community-owned and run sanctuary in all of Africa, rescued orphaned elephants are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu community. They are lovingly rehabilitated and raised with the ultimate goal to reintroduce them back into the wild.

104km-40c-mongolia

“Scottish Ultra Athlete & Merrell Brand Ambassador Dr. Andrew Murray ran 11 hour, 104km in -40C in Northern Mongolia.”
Simply stunning. You can read and see the pictures in the story.

The Shadow Campaign Volume V

“It’s pretty simple, it’s dark blues, and it’s whites” - Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a photographer. Today he’s an iconic photographer in the field, and most impressive, colorblind. Truly inspiring video.


Insightful Words

Another Escape, Volumen 11

This volume by itself has been one of the most inspiring I’ve read in a while.

I’m like the cold, the snow, the rain, and, honestly, every single story in this volume got me excited.

On the other hand, this volume tackles a real problem, Climate Change, and its consequences.
We don’t see much of those, however, in the polar regions, those consequences are faster than ever,
shorter winters, unstable climate, less snow, ice melting fast.

I encourage you to read the whole volume, you can purchase it here. And personally, I highly recommend two stories:

  • Get on board, an essay to present the Zero Emissions project.
    Important to Michael is that the project reaches audiences otherwise unengaged with climate change. And hopes to empower younger generations to lead the change towards less destructive lifestyle, to do so he shares his ideas to become more conscious of the daily life decisions such as cycling instead over using the car, or reducing meat consumption.

  • Into de Backcountry.
    A journey over a frozen fjord, using technology and knowledge that’s long been integral to the Inuit way of life in Greenland with dog musher Stella Davidsen Olsen


  • Do you have any feedback over these monthly newsletters?

  • Do you like what you see?

  • Would you like something else?

  • Do you have an inspiring story to share?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear from you!

Please send me an email at javi@javilorbada.com or contact me through the contact form.


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