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  1. After Costa Rica, we took a 15-hour bus down to Panama to be the fortuitous guests at Gina's Cousin's daughter's wedding and witness the grand human ingenuity experiment that is The Canal. We stayed there only a week, during Leeloo turned 9, which made it an important milestone in the #BouvarezRelocationProgramme...

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

    See the photos here:
    flickr.com/gp/stefanboublil/829s69

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

    Music Selections (in order):

    1. Tica Bus by Gina Alvarez, Zoel & Leeloo Boublil: Not available for purchase at this time.
    2. Visions of Joy by The Beauty Room: geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/visons-of-joy/id267314328?i=267315331&mt=1&app=music
    3. First Sleep (From Solaris) by Cliff Martinez: geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/first-sleep/id327130320?i=327130328&mt=1&app=music

    Next Stop: COLOMBIA

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  2. Here it is, the first of what will hopefully be 16 films that we make along the year, as we jump from country to country and observe the world around us, and sometimes even get involved...

    As we make our way through Central and South America in the first leg of this world tour, Costa Rica was an incredible first stop. For people seeking wonder as well as willful discomfort, escaping the increasingly boring ease and luxuries of the big cities, it is in fact, arguably, the perfect stop, for you are dropped in the middle of a world in which you are the anomaly. It's literally a trip. There wasn’t a day I can remember when we weren’t in awe of the fullness this earth of ours has to offer, sadly previously only experienced interrupted by commercials. We were constantly looking left, right, up and down, hoping not to miss anything, which is really tiring on the neck.

    So I can't help but want to cobble together our visual memories as quickly as possible, so that I may capture the feeling of what it was like to be there, to go around together. Costa Rica, as you can see from these pages, was a cornucopia of activities, wonder and discovery which I think the short film below sums up adequately enough, well, as much as 3 weeks can be summed up in 30 minutes... I hope you enjoy it and are perhaps inspired to join us sometime, somewhere, you know the map...

    Read the stories here: bouvarezrelocationprogramme.com/portfolio/costa-rica/?id=49

    See all the photos here:
    flic.kr/s/aHskgxmCGE

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

    Music Selections (in order):

    1. A.I.E by PIMPOINT (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/a.i.e/id284947425?i=284947432&mt=1&app=music)
    2. si Es La Vida by Roberto Fonseca (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/asi-es-la-vida/id688070163?i=688070402&mt=1&app=music)
    3. Mi Tierra by Gloria Estefan (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/mi-tierra/id196407720?i=196407939&mt=1&app=music)
    4. Goldfinger Theme by Franck Pourcel (youtube.com/watch?v=ZaiR1pRwyc8)
    5. Gretel (Live) by Snarky Puppy (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/gretel-live/id980787119?i=980788192&mt=1&app=music)
    6. Dracula Enters by Philip Glass (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/dracula-enters/id217426337?i=217427245&mt=1&app=music)
    7. Spring 0 by Max Richter (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/recomposed-by-max-richter/id843968261?i=843968277&mt=1&app=music)
    8. Armellodie by Gonzales (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/armellodie/id967450205?i=967450216&mt=1&app=music)
    9. Flickermood by Forss (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/flickermood/id211558738?i=211559740&mt=1&app=music)
    10. The Journey by Tom Misch (geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-journey/id1023678446?i=1023678453&mt=1&app=music)

    Next Stop: PANAMA

    PS: The Gary to whom we wish a happy birthday in the video is no other than my friend, extraordinary filmmaker Gary Nadeau, whose work you can see here: vimeo.com/garynadeau

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  3. There is a tradition in our adopted city of Bologna that dictates that one must endure a walk of 1000 steps up the mountain to Basilica San Luca in order to clean ourselves from our sins. Alright then, let's do this.

    See the photos here: flickr.com/photos/stefanboublil/sets/72157651317535197/

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  4. Designed as a birthday surprise for our friend Melissa, we once again packed our bags to go and discover the martian surface of Bjӧrk's native land. And what a land it is! Populated by only 340,000 people who can all trace their ancestry to the first settlers, walking among its lava-formed trails gives us urbanites, and even countryside folks, instant literal perspective thanks to the distance between us and the horizon, which is either frozen or on fire. Unexpectedly romantic, I would recommend a week divided between Reykjavik and the middle of nowhere, where we found shelter in the imposing Ion Adventure Hotel.

    First landing in the capital city, we rested our bones at the 101 (101hotel.is) which is the perfect place to have your first morning shot of fish oil. Later on, we found an incredible dinner and intense wine list waiting for us at the Grillamarkadurinn (grillmarkadurinn.is/en/) before traveling an hour and a half to the aforementioned Ion (ioniceland.is) where the bar is but a glass box overlooking the frozen dunes and where i bet lovemaking would be a worthy risk.

    We spent five days in this martian landscape, between dipping our bodies in the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon (bluelagoon.com) and hiking on the edge separating the European and American tectonic plates, and we intend to go back.

    See the photos here:
    flic.kr/s/aHsk9ACVzz

    Filmed with an iPhone 6 equipped with Moment lenses (momentlens.co)

    TRACK LIST:
    (in order of appearance)
    Tosca - D-Moll (itunes.apple.com/us/album/d-moll/id3543744?i=3543710)
    Kronos quartet performs Philip Glass - String Quartet No. 2 (Company) I (itunes.apple.com/us/album/string-quartet-no.-2-company/id79033083?i=79033057)
    Max Richter - Laila's Journey (itunes.apple.com/us/album/laikas-journey/id511969380?i=511969388)
    Jay Dee - Dreamy (youtube.com/watch?v=_TRzd0xgSQk)
    Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Hoc n Pucky (itunes.apple.com/us/album/hoc-n-pucky/id398682451?i=398683260)

    And as usual, allow me to mention that my book, The Considered Life (amazon.com/gp/product/B00K1HTNDW/ and on iBooks) contains a chapter on TRAVEL (read it here for free: medium.com/@theconsideredlife/the-considered-life-7dd2ef5f637e) and you might enjoy the whole thing too, especially on a big trip...

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  5. WISH LIST:
    United by family brought together for a 15th wedding anniversary, we were lucky to tag along through the kind of scenery usually narrated by Jeremy Irons. Landing in Hoedspruit, South Africa, we traveled an hour by Jeep to find ourselves in Kruger National Park where we got a glimpse of what the world used to be, perhaps ought to be, mostly devoid of the madness of men. Mostly I say because, of course, man's interference is everywhere you do not see another elephant, another lion, another leopard because they were taken not by their assigned foes but us, the ultimate predators. And so, as we glided through the bush, as inconspicuously as a diesel engine will allow, I found myself wishing we could find the strength NOT to aspire to exercise dominion but, rather, co-existence. An unreasonable wish to grant? For sure, for the entitlement we humans feel for this planet is ever-growing. But how about at least Respect, yes with a capital R, respect of our rental property here on earth, is that too much to ask?... Proper respect, that is my wish. And that is all, now enjoy the film!

    TRACK LIST:
    (in order of appearance)
    Diggs Duke - Lion's Feast (itunes.apple.com/us/album/lions-feast/id739853870?i=739854115)
    King Britt Presents Oba Funke - Bush Workout (amazon.com/King-Britt-Presents-Funke-Workout/dp/B004GD7EWO)
    Gizmo - Elegua (itunes.apple.com/us/album/elegua-prayer-for-children/id556997874?i=556997964)
    Philip Glass - Anima Mundi - The Beginning (itunes.apple.com/us/album/glass-anima-mundi-beginning/id633707815?i=633707981)
    Jacob Collier - Close to You (youtube.com/watch?v=9s1baxrxGHU)
    Anugama & Sebastiano - African Journey (itunes.apple.com/us/album/african-journey/id720963375?i=720963411)
    Oya - River (itunes.apple.com/us/album/river/id900059606?i=900059714)
    Derrick Hodge - Doxology (itunes.apple.com/us/album/doxology-i-remember/id663122150?i=663122168)
    Toto - Africa (itunes.apple.com/us/album/africa/id185716551?i=185717604)

    EQUIPMENT LIST:
    Shot entirely with iPhone 6.
    Moment Lenses. (momentlens.co/shop/)
    Collapsible Tripod. (amazon.com/Davis-Sanford-Connect-Tripod-Connex/dp/B006DX1HVY)
    Glif Tripod Mount. (studioneat.com/products/glif)
    Extender. (amazon.com/XShot-Camera-Extender-Cameras-XS2379-F/dp/B000VA4CK8)
    Zoom IQ5W Condenser mic. (amazon.com/Zoom-iQ5W-Condenser-Microphone-Figure/dp/B00I0FB6FU/)
    External Battery. (amazon.com/External-Battery-Pack-Limefuel-L60X/dp/B00FRRP70Y/)

    Check out royalmalewane.com for details about where we stayed and flic.kr/s/aHsk7PJkXY for the full photo album.

    Also, I might also mention, if you'll forgive the wee bit of self-promotion, that my book, The Considered Life (amazon.com/gp/product/B00K1HTNDW/ and on iBooks) contains a chapter on TRAVEL (read it here for free: medium.com/@theconsideredlife/the-considered-life-7dd2ef5f637e) and you might enjoy the whole thing if you have nothing better to do!

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