Following on from our last blog, we are posting the video of the slide show, A Window into Latin America, that Alex put together for the Renew the Spirit fundraiser we held in November of this year. In its original format it’s about 35 minutes long. Alex has broken it up into five parts for easier viewing. All of the videos, except for the introduction and the last one, are also posted on You Tube
…so, grab yourself a cuppa or refreshment, kick back…and comment if you wish!
Introduction and photos to the Renew the Spirit Foundation:
Part 1. A Window into Latin America, covers the following countries:
Peru, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands (which are part of Ecuador) , Colombia and Panama.
Part 2. A Window into Latin America, covers Costa Rica, Nicaragua , Honduras, Belize and Guatemala.
Part 3. A Window into Latin America, covers Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Part 4. A Window into Latin America, covers Cuba and Mexico.
We hope you enjoy the videos. Please feel free to check out the Renew the Spirit Foundation website, where you will be able to read about the organisation, what it does and what it is committed to.
We would also like to mention Jo and Richard’s blog again, www.thedemeesters.blogspot.com; co-world travellers, bloggers, and photographers, they provided the other “half” of our presentation slideshow for the fundraiser.
Last but not least, we would like to mention Iosu Lopez, a Spanish traveller and film-maker, who Jo and Richard met whilst travelling. His dream was to travel the Americas from tip to toe. This trip would begin in Alaska, and end in Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, and would cover some 45,000 kilometres, along the “highway” known as the Ruta Panamericana. We would like to share the trailer of his forthcoming film, “La Costura de America”, which loosely translates to “The Backbone of the Americas”. It is something NOT to be missed by travellers, culture buffs and Latino-philes…time for another cuppa…kick back and enjoy this too!
“Antes de cumplir los 30, Iosu López decide abandonarlo todo para cumplir un sueño de infancia: Recorrer América de norte a sur y hacerlo íntegramente por tierra. Un viaje en solitario de 45.000 kilómetros y más de 10 meses desde Prudhoe Bay (Alaska) hasta Bahía Lapataia en Tierra de Fuego (Argentina) a través de la Ruta Panamericana. El cambio en su perspectiva vital, el autoconocimiento y el esfuerzo personal de superación marcan un viaje de descubrimiento de la rica y compleja topografía humana y social del continente americano”.
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something” – Author Unknown.
Dedication: I would like to dedicate this blog entry to “knowledge”, as knowledge is power! All too often, we “don’t go there” because it’s too painful, too hard or because we simply cannot be bothered. But, in my humble opinion, “going there” is also immensely rewarding, as it reminds us that there is a whole other world out there, and that as interactive human beings we need to learn to live outside of the box or microcosm that we live in. In order to receive, we must also learn to give!
May 2010 bring you the love, peace and happiness that you all deserve!
In love and light
Ombi (and Alex too, as he reflects these exact sentiments)