SWAP # 15 : the Amazonian cernidor

WHO

Juan Carlos, our Airbnb host during our 3 days in Amazonia

 

 

 

WHERE

Leticia, a small village in the colombian part of the Amazon, at the frontier of Peru and Brazil

SYMBOL

Juan Carlos hosted us for a few days in his brand new home in Leticia, a small village in the shore of the Amazone river in the tropical forest. We discovered an unknow culture and a way of life amazingly quiet and peaceful. Juan Carlos explained to us his culture, his life and we decided to make a SWAP with him : a “cernidor” (sort of strainer) to prepare manioc flour. 

 

 

SWAP # 14 : the cafetero poncho

The chain of swaps

WHO

Oscar and Hernan, 2 friends that had known each other forever

WHERE

Sabaneta, an upcoming district of Medellin in Colombia

SYMBOL

Oscar and Hernan hosted us for one week-end in Medellin. Our staying with them was the very best of what you can do in Medellin : football games at the stadium, parties in El Poblado, discovering the city and its incredible transormation since the Escobar years. Everything to spend THE perfect week-end.
We wanted to symbolize this very strong cultural exchange with our two friends with a SWAP : they offered us a traditional poncho used by the workers in the coffee fields in the region of Eje Cafetero (coffee zone in Colombia). 

 

 

 

SWAP # 13 : the children rights’ guide

The chain of swaps

WHO

Perrine, from NGO Creando Futuro

WHERE

Atacames, in Esmeraldas region in the north of Ecuador

SYMBOL

Perrine works as a volunteer in the NGO Creando Futuro. Creando Futuro carries out numerous projects in the north of Ecuador – campaigns against children work, insertion of disabled persons in the economic world…
We had the great honor to stay with Creando Futuro during a few days between the villages of Chamanga, Muisne and Cabo San Francisco. We also helped them create a website et improve their online communication.
To symbolize this truly rich experience, Perrine made a SWAP and offer us a guide about children rights in Ecuador.

 

SWAP # 12 : the camera lens-glass

The chain of swaps

WHO

Erick, a young student in photography that lives thanks to his passion.

WHERE

San Isidro district in the center of Lima

SYMBOL

We’ve met Erick thanks to a friend in common. We spent an incredible week with him : from visiting his city to going to every nightclub in town with him ! Erick swapped with us a camera lens-like glass, the perfect epitome of our week together.

SWAP # 11 : the Inca mask

The chain of swaps

WHO

Arcadio from Kausay Punku. After having received the farm from his parents, he has decided to focus on two principles : coming back to a way of farming that follows the inca traditions and cultivating organically. He is welcoming volunteers all year in order to develop this unique project in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

WHERE

The Maska community, near Pisac, in the Valle Sagrada

SYMBOL

This wooden mask represents an Inca. He his typical of this andean culture from the South of Peru, still prevailing among the Peruvian population. Arcadio swapped with us this objet to record the week spent with him while helping him develop the traditional Inca agriculture.

SWAP # 10 : the spoon from Kasa Muyu

The chain of swaps

WHO

Guanda and Niki from Kasa Muyu. They have opened this community house 6 months ago in Cochabamba. This is an open house in which everyone can come and spend some time while helping in the garden or the house.

If you want to know more about them :  https://www.facebook.com/lakasamuyu?fref=ts

WHERE

Cochabamba, the culinary capital of Bolivia.

SYMBOL

This wooden spoon represents the philosophy of Kasa Muyu, the balance between body, mind and soul. through food and yoga. The words « Cuerpo », « Espiritu » and « Mente » are written in the centre of the spoon in order to represent this quest.

SWAP # 9 : the 7 prehuarpe families

The chain of swaps

WHO

Chris from the association Transhumans. Transhumans is an agency for responsible tourism proposing tours in Argentina enabling you to meet local people. This agency is also an association frequently leading environmental education projects.

If you want to know more about them : http://www.transhumans-voyage-responsable.com/

WHERE

Mendoza, the capital city for Argentinean wine.

SYMBOL

The association Transhumans has created a pack of cards – the 7 families – about the Prehuarpe population. They are from the Andean region in Argentina. This game has been given to schools in the city of  Barrancas, an archaeological site located some kilometers away from Mendoza. Transhumans wants to arouse children’s interest for this culture which is not well known neither taught.

Chris taught us a lot about the prehuarpe culture and offered us this pack of cards in order for us to share then our knowledge. Ready ? PLAY !

SWAP # 8 : the vinyl record from Villa Maria

The chain of swaps

WHO

Our friend Fede we had met in Brazil, and his two roommates Renzo and Lihuen. Our 3 friends are studying music and cinema and they shared with us their respective arts, which was fantastic!

WHERE

Villa Maria, a student city with 100,000 inhabitants. This is the perfect epicentre of Argentina. 

SYMBOL

This is a Vinyle of Argentine folkore typical from the region of Cordoba. This SWAP epitomizes the few days we spend in Villa Maria, where we’ve live with our three favorite Argentine artists !

 

SWAP # 7 : la cuchara Rosarina

The chain of swaps

WHO

Facundo, our host in the city of Rosario. Facu hosted us as if we were his close friends : he lent us 2 bicycles, showed us its Rosario, introduced us to all his cousins (16 !) and even gave us a Yoga class. 

WHERE

Rosario, the city of El Che and Messi… It’s also here where the Argentinean flag was invented. 

SYMBOL

Facu offered us a handmade spoon he made during a trip across Ecuador. He made it in order to be able to sell it but he eventually kept it because it was the symbol of his trip. He offered us this spoon in order to continue his trip with us. 

SWAP # 6 : la mapa porteña

The chain of swaps

WHO

Arielle, Adèle and Anne, our hosts in Buenos Aires. Romano had just met them once but they hosted us so warmly during more than a week in the hipster neighborhood of Palermo. They showed us all the aspects of the Buenos Aires they love. One more time we’ve lived this city with these amazing roommates. 

WHERE

Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital city well known for its meat, its tango and its nightlife

SYMBOL

They offered us their map of Buenos Aires, which represents the typical and unusual places where they brought us and all the memorable moments spent with our three friends. One week was enough for building strong friendship.

SWAP # 5 : the Uruguayan mate

The chain of swaps

WHO

Laura and Séba, our friends from Montevideo. After meeting Laura in Cabo Polonio, she introduced us to him. Few wonderful days while living Montevideo and a week-end in Piriapolis, an Uruguayan sea resort.

WHERE

Piriapolis, on the Uruguayan coast

SYMBOL

Laura and Séba showed us their Uruguayan life: the places where they stroll, party, their friends, restaurants, songs… Séba SWAPPED with us the cup for mate he uses every day to drink this hot beverage that the Uruguyan share between them. That is why this object represents everything we’ve lived with our two friends. They want to come in Europe, we’ll wait for them. 

 

SWAP # 4 : the book from Porto Alegre

The chain of swaps

WHO

André and Nice’s daughter Kelly. Kelly and André hosted us with love and caring in their home for 2 days with their whole family.

WHERE

Santa Teresa district in Porto Alegre, Brazil

SYMBOL

We spent two days with Kelly, André and all their family in their house in Porto Alegre. André showed us his amazing cooking skills with the typical local food Arroz e Feijao. Kelly SWAPPED with us her favorite and oldest book : Nosso Lar, which means Our Home in portuguese. Before leaving Brazil, we now know that we have a home that will always welcome us !

 

SWAP # 3 : Panama from Floripa

The chain of swaps

WHO

Nice, our friend from Florianopolis that we met around a cup of coffee in the street. After 5 minutes together, she invited us at her place and make us discover her life, her friends and her Sambaqui neighborhood.

WHERE

Sambaqui district in Florianopolis island, Brazil

SYMBOL

In only a few days, we’ve built with Nice and Vini an extremely close relationships. She hosted us, made us discover the island and introduced us to her friends as if we were from her own family. The Panama hat she SWAPPED with us is her grandson’s, Vini, a way to tell us that we now are her “French grandsons”

 

SWAP # 2 : the organic carrot flower

The chain of swaps

WHO

Pupin and Alejandra, the organic farmers we met during our week of WOOFING in Brazil

WHERE

Piracaia in the Sao Paulo region, Brazil

SYMBOL

We’ve had the chance to experience biodynamic farming during our week with Pupin and Alejandra. The carrot flower that Pupin gave us epitomizes the 4 symbols of biodynamic farming : root, leaf, flower and seed. This flower contains hundreds of seeds, basically the number of things we learnt about nature during this week !

SWAP # 1 : the californian quartz

The chain of swaps

WHO

Stephane, the very first person who hosted us when we arrived in Brazil

WHERE

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SYMBOL

Stephane swap’s is a quartz he found in the California desert when he was 20. He found this stone during his first long trip. Thanks to this swap, he will keep on travelling with us through our chain of swaps 

 

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