Summer 2019

2000 miles hitchhiking to join a British girl in Mexico!

Making friends in the Mexican jungle 

#holidayfrommyholiday

 

Visiting Caracol Oventik, a community place which is part of the Zapatista movement.
Zapatista revolution started with indigenous people protesting against the State trying to evict them from their lands. It then led them to create autonomous, anti-hierarchy communities fighting for women’s liberation, the preservation of their cultures and their existence outside capitalist society.
“We choose rebellion, that is to say life.”

 

South West of Mexico with a British girl. No schools around but still a lot of fun.

 

Hitchhiking day in Chiapas, South of Mexico. Police officers on the road tell people that there is a “toll” further away: dangerous criminals are blocking the way, you have to pay to pass. I’m in the mountains, there is no alternative itinerary. A little anxious, I arrive at the toll. My driver, a member of one of the many indigenous communities in the mountains, speaks in ch’ol – a local language – for 5 minutes and they let us go without paying.
So the people blocking the road are actually indigenous people. Why do they block the road? Because they have no money – the State keeps selling natural resources to American companies which underpay the workers – and to protest against the recent privatisation of a local waterfall.
The sad reality of Mexico is therefore that the poorest communities, who protest against the capitalist system exploiting them and preventing their access to nature, are criminals.

 

Just arrived to Colombia!
Plans: voluntary work in the countryside to learn organic gardening and eco-construction 

 

First agroecology experience with a young Colombian farmer living in his grandparents’ farm. Little electricity, no internet, just mountains all around. One week in the fields planting chachafrutta trees, potatoes seeds and weeding banana trees 

 

On September the 2nd, 2018, I started my trip. It’s been one year already! I’m celebrating this in a bamboo house in Colombian countryside 

 

A few memories of Mexico and Colombia!
Just arrived to Peru today. As usual, I hitchhiked to go from the airport to the city center. A sweet Uber driver dropped me a bit before the center and handed me a few coins: “for your bus ticket” (I didn’t have any Peruvian money yet). One hour later, a waiter in a cafe I had been chatting with told me he could host me if I needed.
I already love this country! 
(Song played with a Mexican Couchsurfing host.)

 

Welcome to the eco-school Tikapata in Valle Sagrado, Peru. Here the children can walk around the garden or be in the wooden houses (built by the parents), all surrounded by mountains. It’s a free school: the children organise their timetables as they like and choose the classes they want to attend. The only thing mandatory is to participate in at least one environmental project, among many suggestions: taking care of the vegetable garden, advertising zero waste systems in the village, building a chicken house, an outside oven or a wooden cabin…
Another year starting far away from the French public school system 

 

I have just met my Argentinian twins: Juan and Mariano, two young teachers, have been traveling for 6 months to visit alternative schools! Their traveling mode? Hitchhiking and cheekiness: when they arrive to a new place, they go and talk to shopkeepers to offer them a few hours of work in exchange with accommodation and food. You can visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/seusekeducativos/

 

Tikapata school, Peru.
“Here the children are the masters.”

 

This Friday was the international event of Fridays for future, initiated by Greta Thunberg. In Tikapata school, all the classes were cancelled for the protest on the main square of Urubamba!
“We are protesting to have a future to study for.”

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