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  1. After a certain point, no mother wants their birthdays celebrated so my brother and I decided to surprise ours by kidnapping her to a destination unknown, asking her to pack in under 24 hours so she could not say no. The destination was Mexico for a celebration at the Encuentro Guadalupe (antiresorts.com) that she may not have wished for but will never forget.

    See all the pictures here: flickr.com/photos/stefanboublil/albums/72157675217730063/with/32194819345/

    Filmed with the iPhone 7 Plus.
    Edited with FCPx.

    Music Selections:

    1. El Salon Mexico by Aaron Copland
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/el-salon-mexico/id219929409?i=219929774

    2. L.O.V.E. (Beats) by Jazzanova
    sonarkollektiv.bandcamp.com/track/l-o-v-e-beats-2

    3. Rock With You by Michael Jackson (excerpt)
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/rock-with-you-single-version/id159292399?i=159293419

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  2. Ever since I heard about it in Geography class, going to "the end of the world" has blown sparks in my imagination and never let go. All I could picture was a place not unlike that game you play with your brother or sister, when you imagine that the sidewalk is lava and you keep bumping into people as you do your best not to fall in. Then your mom gets really annoyed really fast and ends up sending you to boarding school soon after for reasons apparently unrelated… All I’m trying to say is that this land of fire sounded so cool, I made a date with myself to eventually get there.

    Fast forward thirty-six years and here I am, in Chile, where there's 12-hour bus to that very tip of civilization. And I couldn't be happier.

    We mounted glaciers, horses and bridges to nowhere... Chile is a land of so many wonders, we didn't have time to do it all, but here is what we did do, enjoy!

    Read all the stories here: bouvarezrelocationprogramme.com/portfolio/chile/?id=49
    See all the pictures here: flickr.com/photos/stefanboublil/albums/72157662704131279

    Filmed with the iPhone 6.
    Augmented by Moment Lenses (momentlens.co)
    Edited with FCPx.

    Music Selections (in order):
    1. Trioon II By Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/trioon-ii/id27060215?i=27060211)
    2. Original Bedroom Rockers By Kruder & Dorfmeister.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/original-bedroom-rockers/id59946709?i=59946681)
    3. Sunlight By Max Richter.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunlight/id865805201?i=865805244)
    4. Bismillah By Eric Lau.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/bismillah/id416739857?i=416739881)
    5.Find a Way By Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Nino.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/find-a-way/id302734353?i=302734357)
    6. Summer 2 By Max Richter.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/recomposed-by-max-richter/id843968261?i=843968293)
    7. Bel Air (No Longer Mix) By Mini Groove Orchestra.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/bel-air-no-longer-mix/id800617886?i=800617910)

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  3. Any attempt to try and sum up our experience in Peru using words would be a foolish one. We did more there in a month than in any other country so far, and it shows in the 50-minute running time of this footage... Peru is a wondrous place, filled with innumerable stories, so many kind people and so much Quinoa. So much Quinoa...

    It takes me about a month or so to get around to editing my footage after we leave each place and I was scared of what I would find in my hard drive this time and because we visited so many incredible places and experienced things we never had before and my finger scarcely leaves the record button when that happens. I was right to be apprehensive, my footage of Peru tallied up to almost a Terabyte, I had some work ahead of me! As I edit, moments, days, sometimes weeks fall by the wayside and on the cutting room floor, deemed unimportant to the story of that particular place but I was hard pressed to find such moments in Peru. As I try not only to relate what we did, it is as important for me to try and make you feel the way we feel when we're there in that time, with those people. And Peru felt delightfully drawn out, taking us happy campers by the hand and nudging us to have one more experience, come on, just this one more... You can can see it all here on tape going from Lima, to Chiclayo to Ica to Huacachina to Nazca to Cuzco to Lares for the walk of our lives, where my brother Sebastien joined us to test together our mettle. Are we as lazy and sedentary as the Huffington Post's Living section keeps telling us we are, or could we find unused discipline, dignity and self-respect buried deep within each of us? I couldn't wait to find out, especially with my son Zoel by my side, as we endeavoured to walk the four days required to reach The Mighty 'Chu by foot.

    Thank you Peru for having given us so much during these four weeks of discovery, self and otherwise, we will never forget you. Now, cozy up to a loved one, give the dog some extra water, fire up the popcorn, and let me take you there... Welcome to Peru!

    Read all the stories here: bouvarezrelocationprogramme.com/portfolio/peru/?id=49
    See all the pictures here: flickr.com/gp/stefanboublil/Ba3WGW

    Filmed with the iPhone 6.
    Augmented by Moment Lenses (momentlens.co)
    Edited with FCPx.

    Music Selections (in order):

    1. Lush Life By Tom Misch.
    (tommisch1.bandcamp.com/track/lush-life)
    2. Three Pieces for Solo Cello: Rosewood By Yo-Yo-Ma.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/three-pieces-for-solo-cello/id566696096?i=566696105&mt=1&app=music)
    3. Kiss By Dela.
    (dela.bandcamp.com/track/kiss)
    4. Mishima / Opening By Philip Glass.
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/mishima-opening/id128099213?i=128097790)
    5.Concorde By Franck Pourcel.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/concorde/id696359215?i=696359880&mt=1&app=music)
    6. Fade Out By Jazzanova.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/fade-out/id6841337?i=6841287&mt=1&app=music)
    7. Hanazono By Jazzanova.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/hanazono/id6841337?i=6841289&mt=1&app=music)
    8. Death and the Flower By Keith Jarrett.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/death-and-the-flower/id5238329?i=5238311&mt=1&app=music)
    9. The Return to the City By John Williams.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-return-to-the-city/id374382346?i=374382402&mt=1&app=music)
    10. World Citizen: Re-Cycled By Ryuichi Nakamoto.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/world-citizen-re-cycled/id836731490?i=836731813&mt=1&app=music)
    11. Drum Lesson I By Christian Prommer.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/drum-lesson-i/id338178986?i=338179032&mt=1&app=music)
    12. Drum Lesson III By Christian Prommer.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/drum-lesson-iii/id338178986?i=338179380&mt=1&app=music)
    13. III Allegro Molto By Béla Bartók.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/concerto-for-piano-orchestra/id484589810?i=484589814&mt=1&app=music)
    14. White By Miles Davis
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/white/id331186169?i=331186353&mt=1&app=music)
    intermixed with...
    15. Yellow By Miles Davis.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/yellow/id331186169?i=331186358&mt=1&app=music)
    16. Billy The Kid Suite: The Open Prairie Again By Aaron Copland.
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/billy-kid-ballet-suite-open/id261232153?i=261233112&mt=1&app=music)

    Next stop: CHILE.

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  4. Going to the Galapagos Islands is a dream you have early on as a kid, right after hearing about this Darwin dude figuring out we came from monkeys, and you're left wondering "what did he see there, what did he observe that changed our understanding of ourselves?..." Since I was a wee French boy, I remember asking those questions of my parents but they much preferred the Riviera as a summer destination so that thirst never got quenched. Until now...

    Boarding the ship and getting used to the constant swerving takes up most of opening day but since all on board are LITERALLY on the same boat, it quickly becomes a opportune bonding exercise, figuring out who will be the first to puke. It certainly was wonderful for the kids who knew just about every passenger on a first name basis after that. Upon waking up, we jumped in a panga (né dinghi) and went down to the venerable Post Office, a wood barrel set up by pirates in the 1800s which they used to communicate, the Galapagos being a great place to hide at that time from the long but not apparently not waterproof, arm of the Law. Within its cavernous womb waited hundreds of letters left by tourists like us, hoping for a pickup and subsequent hand delivery in the cities we would return to. What a lovely, analog idea...

    Then it was time for a swim!... That, my friends, was just magnificent. To not only glide but play with these creatures so unaffected by human stupidity, yet, that they will cozy up to us, unafraid, was the highlight of the world tour so far for me. I don't know what superlatives to use for none can rival the images you will see in the film, the toughest I've had to edit so far because there were too many of them!...

    Española Island and San Cristóbal Island followed, with hikes on which we met red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, Iguanas, obvs, more of our sea-lion friends and an incredible number of other species I cannot hope to recall with my tiny, radically un-evolved brain. But one thing became clearer during each outing, Sebastien was the Dr. Doolittle on duty of this particular Love Boat... Everywhere we went, he seemed to share a kinship with the animals no other among us dared experiment with for fear of maiming, or worse. Taking pictures with a sea-lion is one thing, making friends quite another... Sebastien was here for the latter and friendships are what he got, none human, all instinctual...

    This was an incredible unveiling of a surprisingly unspoiled world, about which we still have so much to learn, hopefully as fast as possible.

    I want to give a HUGE thanks to the crew of the Isabella II (yateisabela.com), especially Kathie who kicked our asses and made us learn about what she's so obviously passionate about and Francisco, the general manager of the boat, for taking care of the family of six whose needs were slightly off pattern for his vessel...

    Read all the stories here: bouvarezrelocationprogramme.com/portfolio/ecuador/?id=49

    See all the photos on Flickr: flickr.com/gp/stefanboublil/N63X31

    Filmed with the iPhone 6.
    Augmented by Moment Lenses (momentlens.co)
    Edited with FCPx

    Music Selections (in order):

    1. Lano By Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/iano/id115612328?i=115612251&mt=1&app=music)
    2. Horizon Variations By Max Richter
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/horizon-variations/id865892281?i=865892302&mt=1&app=music)
    3. Autumn 3 By Max Richter
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/autumn-3-fear-tigers-remix/id843968261?i=843968310&mt=1&app=music)
    4. On the Hill By Ryuichi Nakamoto
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/on-the-hill/id714232001?i=714232414&mt=1&app=music)
    5. Spring 3 By Max Richter
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/recomposed-by-max-richter/id843968261?i=843968291&mt=1&app=music)
    6. Symbiosis, 1st Movement Moderato Part B By Bill Evans
    (amzn.to/1WshcOk)
    7. Everybody Loves The Sunshine By Takuya Kuroda
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/everybody-loves-sunshine-feat./id815319455?i=815319471&mt=1&app=music)
    8. Lano By Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/iano/id115612328?i=115612251&mt=1&app=music)

    Next stop: PERU.

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  5. The third stop on this now well-underway journey is a land once feared by tourists all over the world. I remember a time when even saying the names of towns such as Bogota or Medellin as possible travel destinations conjured fear and confusion in one's friends and family. Those faces haven't completely gone away as we saw when we put Colombia squarely on our map but the violent reputation of the country certainly has.

    A modern and world-class capital, Bogota is a city I would recommend be on anyone's itinerary, not least because it is a great bridge for those coming from the North who want to discover the South, but are a little bit scared of going "down there..." It has become quite a sophisticated place, filled with globally-aware people, a functioning urban plan, restaurants to die for and Uber, what more could you ask for?

    The rest of the country is chockfull of wonderful escapades too, as you'll see above, from Choco to Cartagena and worth every minute you spend there, hopefully going as far as Santa Marta to visit with the Mamos (spiritual guides who live in the mountains.) We spent three weeks going around and are overjoyed we got meet up with Gina's college friend Alejandra and seen her country up close, it was just incredible.

    Pro-tip: Be in Bogota while watching Netflix's Narcos, it's like FEEL-AROUND TV!

    Read the stories here: bouvarezrelocationprogramme.com/portfolio/colombia/?id=49

    See all the photos here:
    flickr.com/gp/stefanboublil/va2sDG

    Filmed with the iPhone 6.
    Augmented by Moment Lenses (momentlens.co)
    Edited with FCPx

    Music Selections (in order):

    1. Revolutionary Road By Thomas Newman
    (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/revolutionary-road/id300643884?i=300643898&mt=1&app=music)
    2. Tribute By Robert Glasper
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/tribute/id715791421?i=715793227)
    3. Quiet Life By Five Owls Band
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/quiet-life/id85181895?i=85181398)
    4. Before The Rising Sun By Tom Misch
    (tommisch1.bandcamp.com/track/before-the-rising-sun)
    5. Mission (Orchestral Version) By Josh
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/mission-orchestral-version/id420381315?i=420381456)
    6. Come Back By Tom Misch
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-back/id1023678446?i=1023678734)
    7. Abdulmajid By Philip Glass
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/abdul-majid/id90130902?i=90130981)
    8. B3 - Lazy By Count Lazy & Funkbademeister
    (radiojuicy.com/track/b3-lazy)
    9. Epilogue By Bill Evans
    (itunes.apple.com/us/album/epilogue/id575561607?i=575561988)

    Next stop: ECUADOR.

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