Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
While traveling through Peru, I stumbled upon a volunteer organization in Arequipa. I had always been looking for opportunities to give back while using my skills. The enthusiastic staff happily invited me to document a day in the life of the volunteers at the Flora Tristan English School. These volunteers are doing awesome things for these children and their families who don’t have very much. It was humbling to see how much time and effort has already gone into the school and the all the projects they have lined up for the future.
If you ever find yourself traveling through Peru (say, on the way to Machu Picchu?), and have time to volunteer, take a look at www.HoopPeru.org and see what opportunities they have to offer you!
Anyone who has spent some time traveling will tell you that the people you meet along the way is probably the biggest influence on the type of trip you have. We were fortunate enough to choose Wayra River Hostel during our stay in Arequipa and met Guillermo and Alejandra, very friendly and gracious hosts who helped make our time very rich and memorable.
After hearing about how business had been slow at the hostal, I thought they could use a short promotional video to help bring in more guests. Most of the footage I would use was existing already, so we just had to shoot a quick interview and I would edit a piece together for them.
Last year, we took a last-minute vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was a great chance to step away from the cutting room and strap on the old traveling shoes again, even if only for a short while. The days we left weren’t planned at all; lucky enough, our dates coincided with the final days of the Festival of the Virgin Guadalupe.
It’s a religious ceremony that happens every year in December. For twelve nights, there are huge processions through the city that end at the Church of the Virgin Guadalupe (the main church in Puerto Vallarta). It’s a huge event for the locals. The procession includes floats made by local businesses, dancers dressed as Aztec warriors, drummers, bands, and singers making their way down the street. Our favorite part of the festivities? Plenty of street food all-around! We seriously lucked out to be able to experience this local festival in it’s final days.
Here’s a short highlights video to give you a sense of the experience.
spoke with Jason about his latest project, Hell Hole.
he is a skilled DP who has been working on this original web series since the beginning of the year. it’s looking good! check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hell-Hole-The-Series/112857746305
you can also check out his DP reel at: www.rjasonball.com
i made a few stops along the way to Boise.
– Salt Lake City Library. a must-see as recommended by my friend. yup, a PUBLIC library!
– Hill Aerospace Museum
then continued on…
I’m in IDAHO!
and met my 2nd couchsurfing host: Kent. we spoke briefly about couchsurfing and i told him how it has been difficult to find people willing to host me. we both agreed that it’s my lack of references (i just signed up when i started the trip anyways, so it’s understandable). but he told me the reason why he accepted me is that sometimes, you just have to give people a chance… and he gave me that chance.
Kent was a gracious host filled with many stories of his own travels. he’s seen most of and lived in many parts of South America, spending his time building orphanages and language schools there, giving children and many young adults a chance at a better life. inspiring.
he hooked it up with a nice Guatemalan style dinner.
met his son Wesley, and somehow ended up helping him move a huge dining table into his new house! hey i was getting a free couch to crash on! i gladly helped out.
he then treated us to a well-deserved round of beers and wings at their local watering hole.
NEXT: onto Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore
so i decided to treat myself to a day of NOT driving so i can soak up the splendors of the city!
My favorite part of the day: being treated to some authentic midwest-style home cooking (thanks Jen!), while sitting around the bonfire with a few beers and chatting with locals. Good food, good people, good conversation. =D
And yes, I can totally hear a hint of that “Fargo” accent when they talk!
Overall, I’m happy to have met genuinely cool locals, eat delicious local cuisines (though I missed out on the “lutefisk”), explore downtown, and learn about the way of life in the “big M”. Minneapolis is a beautiful place and I know I just barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do here. Wish there was more time!
Thank you Katie for hooking up the couch surf and showing me your hometown!
NEXT: onto South Dakota
i’m actually writing this three days later… ahhh just too much to keep up with and not enough time… but i have to catch up before i get way too behind! highlights, aplenty.
Found this seemingly in the middle of nowhere! a resort town in the middle of Wisconsin. check out this INDOOR theme park.
I’ve also noticed many indoor water parks. In the dead of winter, this is their escape!
i met with my friend Katie and as tired as i was, still had to check out some of the nightlife!
this bar/lounge “Asia” reminds me of “Skylark” in San Francisco. they also play kung-fu movies and Hip Hop!
Gonna make this one short. 😉
Toured a bit of the University of Michigan. My friend Philip says it feels a lot like Berkeley with it’s “liberalness” and daily protests on campus.
Though nowhere near as diverse as Berkeley, he feels that folks in the midwest are generally nicer and more open to it.
Next: Chicago if time, then drive to Minneapolis, MN