Travel Reports

Multicultural in Dutch

Jul 272015

Some day in Haarlem we recognize that we like to work. Well, really do work, with our hands and feet, in the sweat of our brows. For two weeks we explored charming dutch cities and met their inhabitants, but now it's time for something else.

So we start to investigate on different internet pages if somebody would offer us accomodation and food for helping them with their project. Fleur, a yogateacher, does so. Her house is next to the dutch town Eindhoven and she transmutes the whole property into a yogastudio. Because of many helpers from every part of the world there were already grown walls, gardens, meadows, paths and murals - despite there is still a lot to do till the opening. We finish (establish) a meditation platform, straighten a pond, carry bricks, fix bikes, cook, pile wood and transplant vegetables. The atmosphere is great, even so it's incedibly satisfying to see the results.

The other helpers have fascinating stories to tell, many of them were on the run for months. Some spend their holidays at Fleur's. We're keen, it's fun to attempt work and at the same time we are learning about locals and other cultures. Joe from the UK says, as a traveller you learn very fast about the people, that they're amazing. This first board-and-lodge-experience definitely was wonderful - and it won't be the last one.


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