January 19' Monthly Selects

Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.


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


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.


“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

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