May 13, 2012
Posted by Diego on Jan 19, 2011
My friend Laura told me about a campaign of the New York Times called “Why We Travel” where readers can send in their favorite pictures and write about where and when they took it. A selection of the top images will appear in the travel section of the New York times. I reall...Read More
Posted by Diego on Jan 13, 2011
I was looking through some pictures from China today and remembered my time Quingdao at the coast of China. I arrived there after I visited my cousin in Shanghai, knowing only that it’s been a former German colony from 1898 to 1914. And in this 16 years the good old Germans of...Read More
I think that first, I travel to discover, everything. Until my eyes can’t see anymore, until my brain is full with the world’s memories. I want to fill myself with the life around me. I travel to be amazed, to be aware of what’s around me and what’s on the earth.Read More
Feb 24, 2012
El Camino del Cambio – successfully crowd-funded! Danke – Gracias – Thank you
El Camino del Cambio has been overfunded through Startnext with 147%! We are happy and gratefull that the dream of being able to realize a journey and an idea has become true.
Feb 13, 2012
Claus and Bastian from Payapix are sponsoring us through Startnext. Thank you so much! We will buy a better Microphone, an extra external harddrive for backups and extra batteries for the crossing of the Andes. Besides the financial aid they gave us great input and ideas for the documentary and the trip at a skype-call today. We are looking forward to keep exchanging ideas and work together! Diego&Gustavo
Bastian Klügel & Claus Reichel Filmproduktion GbR
Feb 13, 2012
Some thoughts about our journey, about what we learned, miss, think, expect in this first 1200km. First Gustavo in spanish and then Diego in english.
1. Como te sientes con la mitad del cambino y del tiempo pasado?
Bien, estamos cumplindo en plan de viaje, en algunas partes incluso adelantados. Pero, como hablé hoy a Diego, as veces siento que si me dan la oportunidad de volver a Córdoba y empezar todo nuevamiente, yo lo haria, y mejor!
Pero creo que este es el precio de la aprendizaje del camino.
2. Que aprendiste?
Aprendi sobretodo a tener paciencia. Paciencia en las grandes subidas con la bici (en Infernillo a los 3000metros); paciencia en los dias pedaleando contra el viento (con las Salinas de Catamarca); paciencia cuando las gravaciones no andan o llevan mucho tiempo para
pocos segundos gravados.
3. Cuales fueran los momentos más dificiles?
Para mi el momento mas difcil fue la subida hasta el Infenilo. No tanto por la subida, pero sobretodo por el dolor en mi rodilla derecha. Muy fuerte el dolor. Pero bien, yo lo hice, fué una grande clase de..paciencia
4. Que hay que aprender todavia?
Aunque las preguntas del documental me parecen estar buenas, creo que tenemos que mejorar todavia “el aire” de las entrevistas, hacer con que la cosa tenga mas flujo.. que sea sencilla pero profunda. Eso es directamente dificil, pero creo que ya caminamos un poquino, pero no lo bastante.
5. Que esperas para el resto del camino?
Mucho frio y poco oxigeno en la travesia de los Andes, a 4800metros. Buenas entrevistas con los chilenos (con todo el aire de protesta por que pasa Chile); buenas tomas y videos del paisaje y de la gente de los Andes. Y que el agua del pacíifico estea calientita, un poquito que sea.
6. Que extrañas?
Tomar un bueno mate de Brasil con mi padre y mi madre. Hablar tonterias con mi amigos (aunque Diego cumple muy bien esta función jajaja). Pero está bien, el viaje es taaan intenso, con aprendizajes tan fuertes, con desafios tan grandes que yo puedo manejar bien con la “saudade”.
7. Tu comida favorita en el camino?
Helado artesanal en la ruta desde Tucuman a camino de Salta (capital)
Y empanadas con cerveza!!
How do I feel at half-way&half-time?
The first day of our trip seems so far away already. I feel excited to cross the Andes. I have respect for the altitude, the wind and the low temperatures.
What did I learn?
If I shout against the wind to stop coming in our direction, it won’t stop.
Never forget to fill up the water-bottles in the morning.
“Pancho-Electronico” is a hot-dog in a pancake.
People often feel uncomfortable in front of a camera.
What do we expect for the rest of the trip?
I hope to sleep under the starts without rain many times. I hope we meet more inspiring people. I hope we stay healthy and without accidents.
What do I miss?
I miss to be with my family and friends. I miss to be in my own room and throw my cloths in every corner (setting up and taking down the tent twice a day is so tiring). Ich vermisse die Hackerbruecke mit Brezen, Spezi und Obazda und Freunden in Muenchen.
My favorite food?
Definately Sandwich! With cheese, ham, olives, avocado, chilli, mayonese, tomatoes.
The most difficult moments?
Crossing the Salt-Dessert in Catamarca. The heat made me tired and took all my energy.
What do we need to learn still?
Wake up early even though we are dead-tired.
Feb 8, 2012
When we arrived to Salta we were tired, we had doubts about our project. Who are we doing this for? Is it going to turn out right? We felt not satisfied, lost somehow. This feeling of doubt, of being scared to fail made it clear to us, how important this project is. We learn a lot. About the people we meet. In Salta we were doing interviews in a barrio called Floresta with two ladies in their fifties, sixties who are activists for Barrio en Pie. It was so hard to get them to talk, they had their arms folded and gave really short answers. Maybe they were shy, scared, felt uncomfortable with the camera. Probably various factors. But we learned a lot. On how we have to change our style of questions, to change the conversation, to not feel frustrated but go with the situation.
Pepe, an activist took us there. He was very helpfull, took us arund the entire Barrio on bicicles, showed us where his organisation is working. We are glad we met him.
We think the last 4 days in Salta did their job. We are full of energy and full of new ideas.
Salta to Jujuy. A narrow road in the sub-tropical mountains. 216 curves. Jungle, Birds, heat. No cars. We loved it. The 100 km seemed so easy. After Cafayate to Salta it was the most beautiful part so far.
Today we are in Jujuy and will continue to Purmamarca.
Jan 27, 2012
We always try to wake up as early as possible, here at 5 am, to avoid the heat in the middle of the day when the sun burns down with over 40 degrees. This is what we have for breakfast, six eggs and corn
I didn’t know this actually can happen: we had three flat tires at the same moment. Gustavo both and my front tire. We ran over a plant that has those nasty nails. Took us almost two hours to fix the SEVEN! holes.
I would like to write more about this trip, about the people we meet, about the food we eat, the wind, the sun, the animals, the road, our feelings and thoughts. But we are going to wake up at 5 am tomorrow to hit the road and climb up to 2000m the first time. We need a lot of energy and will go sleep soon.
The only way we can post news on the way is via twitter.com/whywetravel if youre curious.
Jan 20, 2012
Yesterday we went to the closeby Mountains of Cordoba. 35 km away from the city the mountainrange begins. We took the highway, passing the airport and at the first toll-station the man working was so perplex to see cyclists in between all the cars he had difficulties to talk to us.
The last half an hour we left the bicycles at a restaurant and walked to the top. The view is impressive. We could see lakes, Eukalyptus forests, Cordoba far away, Cosquin a small town.
The lady in the restaurant, Fernanda, had seen us in the News last night (she told us we’ve been shown over and over all day long, with news about how Cordobas tourism is increasing). We aked her for water to cook the pasta we brang along. As we set up the stove outside, ready to cook, we realized we did indeed bring the tuna-cans, tomatosauce, onion, garlic, but no spaghettis. She laughed and invited us for a delicious lunch with steak and mashed potatoes.
The best part was the way back, rolling down the 20km we cycled up before.