08 January 2013 | RIO DULCE, GUATEMALA
Photo: MarMar resting at her current dock at Tortugal Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Waiting for a new owner to take on the enjoyment of the best sailboat ever. It's sad to let her go, but in life we learn that we often need to detach ourselves from material things.
29 October 2011 | Thailand/Indonesia
For several weeks now we have been under a high stress, not knowing if and when the floodwaters that have been stuck north of Bangkok, displacing millions of people and killing hundreds, would reach us in central Bangkok. Imagine, in a city of 10 million, the kind of chaos tis represents. Well, now it's almost clear that the waters have no way of finding its way to the sea without passing through the Thai capital.
The government has announced a five day holiday, so that the population could prepare itself for the worse and, if possible, flee the city.
I had already this filming mission planned for Indonesia, leaving on Sunday. But since the flooding could come earlier, meaning to be stuck in our apartment for days or weeks, after talking to my boss it was decided I would leave on Friday instead. Marina and Martina, and granpa Jan, also left to the airport at the same time, early Friday, and while I boarded a Thai Airways flight to Bali, they took a domestic flight to Pukhet, south of Thailand, where life goes on as usual.
Strange situation: the waters are still expected to flood Bangkok, noone knows for sure how bad it will get and how long it will last, which means that we don't know, as many other millions, when we will be able to return home. In the meantime, we are still working from our beachfront hotels....