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“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” (Jack Kerouac)

Yes, it seems to be a long time since I wrote the first post, but it has been a little bit more than a year since then. And as I promise you I am updating the blog with some new stories from then. What a good time to remember New Zealand, just a few days before I depart to Oceania again. This time to finish the big “coutrinent” (country sized continent) of Australia where I want to explore all the places that I could not visit the last time due to the job I had and the studies that I had to do to keep my visa status.
So been a good time to remember, I edited the video called Project NZ that you can see in this post, as an anniversary present, as always a little bit late.

So my phase in France finished satisfactorily as I got two jobs at the end, one in an Irish pub where I really had a good time and learned a lot and of course very nice co-workers and the other one in a supermarket, which was much more serious and mechanically but also rounded by very nice people. Waking up at 5 a.m. to download the trucks coming with the products and renew the stock was a hard job forehand but I got to get used to it quite fast.
Those two jobs and the cheap accommodation I got at my girlfriend’s place gave me some savings to be a little bit more relaxed in Australia although my plan is to busk to move around and hopefully to come back with some pocket money to start up.

I have to say that Bayonne was an impressive little town that astonished me. I could not expect such a combination of nature sports (surf, biking, trekking, climbing…), Landscape (beaches, rivers, mountains, forest…) and culture. Specially this last one, I could not image such a divers and interesting culture that is the Basque culture, and the amount of foreign people that live and enjoy it. And for sure, I had to say that I am so happy to have known all the musicians I have met at Bayonne. That was definitely the key of these two months there that seemed only a few days and make me want to go back there at some point of my life to enjoy it again.

I have to say that the weather was not the best, but apparently summer, it is the season to be especially just before or after. So if you have the chance you should visit it!

Coming back to the anniversary topic, thank all of you which read and watch my videos because that really gives me strength to continue posting. At today’s date there is 3815, almost 4000 visit in a little bit more than a year from 44 different countries.
I hope you are enjoying the stories and the advices I give you as much as I enjoy it when I tell you all that stuff. And feel free to comment and give some feedback if you find it necessary, will be very nice.

So I also take this chance to encourage you all to travel to discover your limits and engage with new cultures, new languages and new people, brake your barriers that hold you to that place and explore the world before it is too late, and I do not mean your age, have some good stories to tell to your kids or friends and grow as a person opening your mind with an intercultural point of view, that I am pretty sure that will be helpful in your lives somehow. Even the bad experiences are experiences. 

So in words of Kerouac: “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” 

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” (Jack Kerouac)

I got some fresh news!

Last weekend Fatima and I just decided on Saturday to go somewhere, so on that exact same day we went to buy a tent, some food and left to the east side heading to Toulouse direction.
We decided to go hitchhiking which turned to be not as easy as we thought it was going to be. We thought that it was going to be as easy as in Beçanson northeast part of France that we already travel around the region hitchhiking two years ago and was pretty easy.
That afternoon we got a bad ride which left us in a highway exit with no traffic at all and after one hour and a half we decided to return to Bayonne to start again. This time we stayed at the Toll. This was not a very good option as the police came and after a well deserved speech, drove us to a safest place to hitchhike. It was already late so finally another police car showed up from nowhere and drove us home. So the balance for the day was: a ride to nowhere, a ride from nowhere to the start point, a police car ride to a safe place to hitchhike and another police ride back home.
Probably the fact that we started a little bit late due to all the shopping and the rush decision, with a bad ride on top made us to return home that day to start properly on Sunday morning.

Hitch-hiking in our way to Toulose



Sunday was much better, we started at 8 am and go quite easy until we got stucked in a small town which took us almost 4 hours to get out from, but finally we arrived at Toulouse, our final destination, at 17.30, where we stayed at a Fatima’s friends for the night.

Next day we continued east direction to visit some beautiful towns that Fatima’s friends recommended: Gaillac, Albi, Cordes sur Ciel. Which are truly beautiful.
We stayed that night in Albi where we set up our tent and drunk a bottle of wine that we bought that day in Gaillac (Famous for its wines)

Panormic of Albi from one of its bridges



Next day we went to Cordes sur Ciel which it is a very touristy medieval town, and very beautiful. In the afternoon we came back to Toulouse were we met again our friends and visit a little bit more Toulouse spending some more time with our friends.

Wednesday morning, we decided to return to Bayonne as I had to work on Thursday afternoon in an Irish Pub.

We started a little bit late as we decided to have a nice and quite breakfast with our friend. So with a beautiful and shiny day we came back to Bayonne little by little between the National road, and the Highway. We got lucky as our last ride was just a little bit before camping in the side of the road which allowed us to get back home that night and sleep at home.

Sunset at Toulouse

Now everything seems to be going better as I have some work this weekend in the Irish pub and the weather it is being sunny and quite which also helps!

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” (John Lenon)

Well, so I know it has been a long time without writing in English but it is hard to keep it when my entire environment it is in another language. Especially now that I am living in France and I have to think in a different language than Spanish or English that I can handle them quite good.
So I am taking my past birthday as an excuse to post back in English. A quarter of a century it is a remarkable age and that it is why I have some few projects to be finished very soon, so keep an eye on the updates.
Coming back to where I left you, I finished my surf trip with my friend Hiro and I have to say that was pretty amazing, we expended much more money than expected, but the trip in general was incredible.
We spent 42 days around Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco. Here is the draft of what we did.
We started in Malaga, the Headquarters of the trip, as my family lives there. After that, we visit Granada for a couple of days to enjoy that magic atmosphere of culture, music, food and nightlife that it is that maze of streets, bars and monuments.
We did a little detour to Cordoba where we could enjoy the monuments there and some good food as well, but was very express stop. We headed then to Barcelona, our first seaside town in the way, we were very excited to see the sea again and maybe some waves to start with, in our trip but unfortunately we did not find any so we just did sightseeing around and continue to Zaragoza where my good friend Jose Maria hosted us and showed us the town where we had some good moments.

Hiro and me by the “Sagrada Familia” (Barcelona)

 After all that and with a small stop to say hello to a friend in Pamplona, we arrived to Bayonne, our first long stop in the way and where we stayed for 4 days. Unfortunately we could surf only one day in the area due to massive waves provoked by a huge storm which even destroyed some of the seaside buildings. We had some good times there, but there was not much surf so we decided to continue our trip in the west direction.
We were certainly hunting waves but the stormy weather was not helping much so we try to find that spot where we could surf. We a had a bit in Zarautz where we spent one night and also in Santander where we did the same but not much luck in highlighted spots like Mundaka due to the weather.
With this conditions and the amount of gas that we were expending we decided to rush up a little bit in our way down to the south. We stop in Santiago de Compostela for a quick sightseeing and kept going south.
as the bad weather was coming from the west, we did not find much going on at that moment in that part of Portugal so we did a bit of tourism in Porto, and Lisbon and finally arrived to the south part of Portugal, Sagres where we found a very good spot where we decided to stay for 4 days to catch up with the previous bad days.
The south gave us some sun which clearly cheered us up and we also found some good waves in Portugal and in the south Atlantic coast of Spain. We arrived then to Algeciras where we did a bit of a pit stop for another few days, before continuing our adventure in a different continent, Africa.
Morocco was probably the best part of the trip, probably influenced by the good weather and some good waves. But on the other hand all the premonitions and previous tips became true. Good weather, good waves, corrupt police, some annoying vendors, and in general honest people with good heart.
We crossed the strait of Gibraltar from Algeciras to Ceuta, with “viajes trujillo”, in local’s words “the cheapest travel agency to cross the straight” and so it was when we compared with the other companies at the port.

As soon as we arrived to Morocco we tried to head south as fast as we could, as the majority of spots are around Agadir area. The first night we slept in Rabat the capital, where we did not have much luck as we were kicked out four times from the places where we were sleeping until finally we decided to leave the city. After we went to Casablanca just for the sightseeing, and we continued our way down until we founded a cool place to crash with the car in Souira a bit before Essaouira. In Essaouira we experienced the corruption of the police and we left the town without surfing as that pissed us off.
Finally we arrived to Agadir area where we stayed for one whole week. We established the camp in Banana Beach where we slept all the nights and just move around during the day just to find the best wave around.

Me at our campsite in Banana beach
To make our stay at the beach more comfortable we built with rocks and logs a kitchen, a bench, a personal “clean” beach, and also a nice flag.
About the area I have to say that it is quite cheap if you avoid the big touristic areas and that the best waves you can find them in Killer point if the conditions are good for sure.
In our Way back we decided to go through Marrakech were we did some tourism and chill around before a big trip going back to Spain.
So basically that was our amazing trip which ended with a long wait in the border as they did not want to let Hiro come back to Spain.

Hiro and me Roadtriping somewhere in Morocco

After that our pockets were quite damaged and Hiro returned back to Australia as he had planned and I head my way to France to live in Bayonne where my girlfriend Fatima lives and hoping to find a job in order to save some money before returning to Australia the 20th of May.
I have to say that in the month that I have been in France, I did not work so much as I did only one day but I had such a good time with good friends that I have met here. Most of them remarked musicians which had tour around France and other countries in the world.
I encourage you to check some of their music which you can easily find in YouTube and even in spotify
-Anatole Schoeffler
-Baptiste Daleman
-Tibz
If you cannot find them, I have them added in this Spotify list.
I remind you that soon I will be releasing some new material from NZ and also some planning of my next trip to Australia!!
Until then make sure you keep an eye for new post!!

“I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.” (Akira Kurosawa)

As I promise you I am going to keep you more updated and my goal is once a week.
After I left the job I have been more relaxed dedicating myself to Surf, Jacuzzi and sauna in the morning and playing some music in the afternoon or just chilling and playing some sports movies.
But our mainly activity has been to prepare the surf trip that probably will change our lives and I have to say that I feel so happy and looking so forward to it.
If you are interested in the surf trip that we have planned and want to follow our adventures, we have created a Facebook page called Endless Winter.
So today I have already packed my two surfboards that are going to Spain after I bought another board which I founded second hand really cheap. Tomorrow I will have to make a cardboard box and put everything inside so they will not charge me an extra 60$ which will be more expensive than the flight itself. And after 4 days with an old friend in Sydney I will finally take my flight heading to Spain.

In this free time I have some music and video suggestions that I have been checking lately:

Music:

-For the reagge lovers, there is a group from New Zealand that you may want to check it out. It is called Katchafire.

Movies:

-I want to share also a Magnificent movie that Hiro showed me the other day and that I think that in part is how Spain is feeling at the moment and probably what will happen if the situation does not change.

Next week I will be busy travelling and visiting family so I will do my best to post which will be from Spain,  so I want to take the chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!!

P.S: I have added some pictures to some of my old post with some pictures of my last trip in New Zealand so feel free to check them out!

“Money won’t create succes, the freedom to make it will.” (Nelson Mandela)


With every ending there is a new beginning and here is my end in the bike-taxi job that I told you before or at least for a while.
The new plans ahead look much better and exciting and I am really looking forward to start them.
After 4 months working in the bikes and made a little bit of savings it is time to travel and experience the culture of this country.
This time I have a partner in my adventures, Hiro, the Japanese guy from my job it is joining me in this story.
As he is coming to Spain and we have planned a 6000km surf trip around Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco we need to save all the money that we have save in this past months so that is why we are getting into survival mode.
The plan: no plan, no money, just go with the flow. Busking, sleeping in the beach surfing and crushing in friends couches with for sure lots of crazy stories is the prevision for the next 15 days.
At first point we have a place to crash for a week while we finish visiting all the surf spots around before heading to Byron bay where some good vibes and friends are ready to welcome us and share lots of good times.

I will keep you updated more regularly now I have more spare time!!

“I don’t care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.” (Santosh Kalwar)

So now that I am catching up in the blog I’m going to update a little bit with some cool contents from last months:
First of all congratulate my friends at Bigote Films for their amazing last release and their first time appearing in a magazine
So just enjoy the video
I also have another friend who it is starting to spread his work around the world and may need some push. So feel free to check out his stuff and project and support him if you like his work!!
You can also check out what my actual job is and how much fun I am having in the website of the company:
And also if you are around Australia and you need some spot in this job, let me know and I’ll get you recommended so you will have preference in the waiting list!
In the music and arts field I have to say that I have not had enough time to explore some new things in deep but I have a couple of names that you should definitely check it out:
-Mongol 800 (Japanese Rock Music)
-Michael Franti & Spearhead
-Muerdo (Paskual Kantero)
In the movies field I have been checking some Japanese stuff and I will recommend you specially the documentary:
-Jiro’s Dream (about shushi makers)
As you may notice, now I am focused pretty much in saving some money and going surfing which is my new passion which keep me going, and because of that I have not so much stuff to research but I feel that new projects will come up soon as I am going back to Spain for Christmas and probably I will do some scouting here in OZ before going back!!

“How did it get so late so soon?” (Dr. Seuss)

First of all I think I need to apologise for all this time writing in Spanish. I have been very busy lately and my computer was broken so I did not have enough time to write two posts every time in both languages.
As some of you may know, I am already in Australia. Yeah! It is being a long time since I do not write in English and many things have occurred already.
So I will go a little bit backwards to continue the story where I left it.
I was living in New Zealand, beautiful country and a place to come back for sure (I still have some places that I would love to visit or re-visit) Unfortunately after trying my best to stay in the country my luck did not followed me or maybe it wanted me to go in a different direction. I could not get a working holiday visa after trying many times and my visa was expiring but I had an ace up my sleeve, a secondary plan to postpone my way back to my home country, Spain.
So I decided that before leaving New Zealand, I had to do a good ending trip. So I planned two trips in the time that I had left, one to wilderness and the other to my mind.
The first one was a week of hitch-hiking, with my own food as usual, and no money trough the North Island. My main destinations where the east and the south of the North Island which were the leftovers of all my trips in that Island.
Starting in a dark night in Mangaokewa Gorge Scenic Reserve (just after Te Kuiti), after two intense days of rock climbing, I start hitch-hiking after saying goodbye to the friends I was climbing with and who brought me to this place. Just with the hope of finding a ride to Taupo or somewhere along the way and trying to run away from an expected night storm.
Luckily I got ride in the middle of the night which was going to Bennydale, the next town in the road just a few km from where I was. There, now under the street lights, I start again the long process of showing my thumb and my best smile and wait for some friendly person who goes in my way and have a spare seat.
After a while standing with not much luck two women just come out from the Bennydale Hotel, which in my opinion seems to be the only cultural and social place in that little town. The come up to me and the eldest one star talking with a damage voice almost from beyond: “what are you doing here?”Suddenly we start talking and I explain myself one thing leads to another and I end up in the birthday party which was taking place in the hotel with the owner inviting me to sleep for free in one of their rooms and the people from the party offering me unlimited amounts of food and drinks.

Having some beers and food with some of the Bennydale locals!

Next day I kept travelling to my next destination, Taupo, where I did bungee jumping, which was very exciting. After the experience of the bungee jumping, I sleep in a forest close to Taupo. The next morning I went to the Natural Spa to see the sunrise.



My trip continued to Napier in a nice chat with the phisiotherapist from a football team in Wellington. Hawks bay was beautiful and the weather was very nice. The Art Deco city of Napier it is beautiful and pleasant to walk on and an amazing view can be founded in the top of the mountain by the port.

The port of Napier in a beautifull afternoon



After Napier I kept travelling south direction with the intention of getting to the Tararua ranges. This was the first time I got to jump in a truck while I was hitch hiking and I have to say that I loved it!
In the way to the Tararua got stacked in Palmerston North, a nice little big city, and because of that delay I could not get where I was expecting. After walking in the dark for a few kilometres, one very nice Maori guy who was living in a self constructed house made out of recycling parts invite me to his house, and we shared some good talking with some beers.

The next morning I was going into the wild again leaving the sealed roads and changing them for very small and not transited paths. I had to go through rivers and heavy rain, and very windy and cold conditions but as you may have realized already I love that stuff.
When I got to the hut I meet two hunters who gave me a ride to wellington the next day. With the peculiarity that was off road and the car was a very old off road truck.

This truck had 3 persons on it and did more than 30km off-road in a 3h trip, including flat tire and one of the heaviest rains I have seen in my life

Once in wellington I could sleep in a mattress in a friends place and went out to check the nightlife which turned to be pretty amazing! There is live music everywhere and you do not need to pay to enter in the clubs. You do not even need to pay for pool tables.
Besides the weather (windy wellington), wellington was a pretty good place!
Due to my tight schedule I had to take a 12 hours bus back to Auckland in order to get there on time for my other plan in my last month, the meditation course.
I do not have words to describe the meditation course but I can just say that was one of the best experiences in my life. Of course that was hard to meditate for 10hours a day during 10 days but it was totally worthy. I am pretty sure that I will do more courses or volunteering in the future.
I totally recommend it to everyone, so if you are interested you can find more information in the website Vipassana.
That was the closure of my chapter in New Zealand, country that I love and where I will go back again one day.

Hopefully I can find more time off and keep on updating my adventures in Australia.

“A trap is only a trap if you don’t know about it. If you know about it, it’s a challenge.” (China Miéville, King Rat)

Yes I like challenges so I decided to take two at the time!
I was searching for some things in the web and suddenly I ended up in this website
After reading a couple of posts and found them very interesting I have decided to have two of the challenges proposed.
The first one it is a intermittent fast diet which consist in at least once a week, pick a day were you cannot eat anything in 16h (14h for women) after that you can eat regularly.
Apparently it has a lot of benefit some of them I am quoting from the blog I read. So if you want to know more you should read the post. (I do not want to quote the whole article!)
  • Increased Fatty Acid Oxidation (Body burns more fat as energy, leading to fast weight loss)
  • Increased Cell Resistance (Slowed down ageing process, improved immunity)
  • Increased Insulin Sensitivity (Less fluctuation in blood sugar levels, more constant energy & mood levels)
  • Reduced Cortisol Production (Lower stress levels)
  • Reduced Inflammation (Faster body healing, repair, and recovery)
  • Reduced Cancer Cells Proliferation Rate (Reduced incidence of several types of cancer)
  • Reduced Cognitive Decline for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Reduced Incidence of Heart Disease
  • The second challenge I founded in the same website and consist of taking a cold shower every day during 30 days. It also has some benefit that you can check in the article.
    So yes I know it sounds a little bit crazy, but honestly I am curious and I want to experiment and challenge myself in order to prove I can do it!
    I will keep you informed about how everything is going!!

    “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” (Roald Dahl)

    Yes, do not blame on me because I have not write lately but I have not done anything special as I am with exams and it seems that as close the exams are the less you want to study.
    Dammit, leave me alone, procrastination!!
    But in one of my brakes I have been listening some good music that I had been a long time without listening and somehow I got more creative! so yes, I am a music maker and will dream in passing my exam I guess!

    Have a listen, enjoy and get creative!!

    https://soundcloud.com/proleter-beatmaker

    CLICK TRIP PROJECT SUSPENDED!

    I am sorry to inform you all, but unfortunately Click Trip Project has been cancelled as the Google Ads account has been invalidated for “illegal clicks”
    I am very disappointing and could not do anything. I apply for an appeal but was also denied so the account has been deactivated. As you may see, there is no more advertises in the blog.

    This inconvenience makes my trip impossible, as I do not have any budget for the trip and I need to save some money because as you may know I will be heading to Australia soon and I will need to survive until I find a job there.

    Anyway I want to thank you all for your support, your patience and your enthusiasm in Click Trip Project. It was good while it lasted. Thank you for spreading the world and make this utopia a little bit of real. I hope some day Click Trip Project could become true and share all that experience with you.
    I am already looking for some alternatives to Google Adsense in order to keep with Click Trip Project, some ideas are other publishers providers or direct advertisement. I will keep you informed if there is any change in the status of Click Trip Project.

    In the meanwhile I would like to inform you that my foot it is doing so much better and I have started my active life again. The day before yesterday I had my second paragliding lesson and tomorrow I will go for a little bit of climbing. So I will try to keep you informed if any good plan is coming over.

    Again, thank you so much for all your help with Click Trip Project!

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