Edge Tour

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Wales, England, Netherlands, FInland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany

Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Sunday, October 25, 2009

So this entry is about my travels this summer, which took me to most of northern Europe. Countries included Wales, England, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and Denmark. I went on a partially funded trip to visit Eco-villages and similar communities. 70% of my travel costs were paid for, and most of the trip was planned out. So the communities we visited knew we were coming and provided accommodations, food, and so on.

For me, the trip was about exploring "Community" and the dynamics that are involved. It was a bit of a follow up to the Permaculture course, in that I got to see Permaculture setups all over Northern Europe. But it was also a follow up for one course in particular, called “Team building and Community leadership.” In this class, we really got down to the nitty gritty aspects of working, living and communicating with people. And I feel that wherever life takes me, I know that living in community is very important to me. So I wanted to see first hand, how people in Europe were going about it. I got lots of answers and as it usually is, developed even more questions.

The trip was about 2 months, and the majority was all travel by land and sea. Hitch hiking, buses, trains, roller-blades, and bikes…

There's actually way too much to say about this trip in one entry. I visited about 14 communities, and each one has amazing stories. So I’ll leave it at that, and let you watch the video I put together of the trip. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I’m trying to organize another similar trip this summer in southern Europe. It would most likely bring us through France, Switzerland, Italy, and then some of Eastern Europe. But nothing is set in stone just yet, so we will see.

Slan go foill (s’lon-ga-fole – Goodbye for now)


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