The World is big enough

“Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it” (Mahatma Ghandi)


The Waltoneer (Volunteer)

Hello and welcome back

after spending three months in Riobamba I changed location and got myself to the coast. Ok, the weather is currently not perfect but there’s many days with sun and if not, it’s not as cold as in the Andean highlands, especially at night! Via a volunteering network I found a place in Montañita where I was supposed to do a two-day painting job for bed and food in exchange and now I’m already a month here. Joos, the owner of this place called Punto Verde exchanged her houseboat in Amsterdam with a piece of land three years ago and started building a house and not too long ago started to convert it into a hostel the Punto Verde. And after the first day I decided to stay longer here and help with whatever needs to be done. And that was not because of the real coffee that is served here, or at least that was not the only reason. And there is a lot to do. Not only taking care of the customers and everything which needs to be done in the hostel business, no, there’s way more to do. Currently we’re building a new kitchen-bar-lounge and everything is handmade. After brewing beer and filmmaking it’s now design and carpentry. This was missing so far in my curriculum. And I guess I’m not too bad in that! Ok one of my first projects was a shower cabin made of plastic foil and bamboo and when trying to cut the first trunk of bamboo i cut my left index finger with an ax and the cut got down to the bone and through the fingernail, but it is almost fine again and a few hours after that I continued already working on the project and finishing it the very same day. Now we’re almost professionals and in a few days the place will be ready. And we’re kind of proud of our work and especially of the result.

And because I’m not doing any tourist things right now I decided to dedicate this video on what I’m doing here at this beautiful place. The village of Montañita is a ten minute walk away from here or a few minutes with the bicycle shown in the beginning of the video. By the way, this was one of the smaller projects, the promotion sign on the bicycle. Currently it’s off-season therefore the village is usually not busy, only on weekends and then we can here the music from the outdoor bars even here on the hill but usually it’s the sound of the waves that lulls you to sleep.  So this is the perfect place to relax and from the balcony or the stairs next to the house you sometimes can even watch the whales in the ocean. And once ready with the bar I will do some relaxing as well.

So have a look at the video to get an idea of what I’m doing here and hasta luego.

Yours, Carsten