This year we’ve had the chance to do a bit of adventuring on the water. In February 2017, sixteen students from Shantou University will join Charlie Pitcher, world record-breaking Ocean Rower, in an epic journey from Shantou to Hong Kong. We got to witness the beginnings of the training and team selection.
Part Two of the Smithfield Sessions is here!
And, as always, there is a journey to the story behind the music, which I want to take you on.
Think about the most significant person in your life. It may be your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, a dear friend, a sibling or parent…
Imagine you had never met… and imagine if you met them again today, what would happen.
Strange idea, right? It’s an interesting scenario to think about, and it really makes you think what strikes you about your dearest. What was it that drew you to them? What were your first conversations about?
Would you do it differently?
Today, if you met them again, would your paths still cross in the ways that they did?
My relationship with my husband started in such a chance encounter; I from England, he from Poland, and yet we managed to bump into each other in Hong Kong airport, and pretty much fell in love on the spot. If it hadn’t have been there, and it hadn’t have been then, it would have been almost impossible for us ever to meet again.
So, the idea of us meeting somewhere else at some other time in our life is so unlikely that it is fun to to explore those ‘what if’ questions…
I’m not sure that I believe in the idea of there being one person in the entire world that each of us is destined for. But I do know that the things I prayed for as a young girl are exactly the traits that are found in my husband.
And I would like to think that, under whatever circumstances we met, there always would have been that spark, that chemistry that hit me right in the part of the stomach where the butterflies live, and that we would have ended up together.
That spark grows. Yes, the butterflies have settled down. And yes, I don’t think and talk about the love of my life every waking moment… but the spark has grown into a steady flame. A flame that is fierce and will fight to protect the one I love. A flame that needs intentional fuel. But a flame that will be sustained as long as we both shall live.
So, thanks for reading this far. Here’s your reward… This is “You and Me Together.”
It has been way too long but The Travellers Two are back on the grid. From the US we flew to Hong Kong and got really busy right away. Louise started studying at Hong Kong University and she had to go to an orientation meeting the day we returned. Fighting through jet lag she officially became a music and journalism student.
Soon after that we started working on a presentation for a charity banquet. For the past few years we have been involved with International Care Ministries; helping people to get out of extreme poverty in the Philippines. Before we started out on our USA expedition we prepared the program for the banquet, but since we were back we decided to make it better, worked on new videos and tweaked scripts, which is the hardest work.
But it was well worth it. The evening was a great success. We brought the ICM choir from The Philippines and the members had a chance to share their stories.
Also if anyone is interested in the more in-depth aspects of poverty reduction in the Philippines, here is a link to the keynote speech by the ICM chairman David Sutherland.
For some time we’re going to be based in Hong Kong again but there are so many amazing people around, so many stories that need to be told, and places to see. Hong Kong is also a great hub for traveling around Asia so we hope to do so on the future and share our stories here.
Hong Kong; our home for over two years. The weather has been just beautiful as we have been packing up. It was say saying goodbye to our tiny flat – although we are travellers, we have loved having a beautiful little home.
It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulated over the past few years. As we packed, it was wonderful to look back over our time in Hong Kong. But it was also wonderful to do a bit of a cleanse; to throw away the excess, and have to decide what is actually important to have with us as we journey forward.
Welcome to The Travellers Two. We are Michal and Louise. We make music, film, and take photos, write, explore and tell stories.
For the past few years, we have been based in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and have fallen in love with this part of the world. But, the wandering wonderers that we are, we are ready to pack our bags again and land in a new part of the world to us.
And so we are off to the United States of America. It’s definitely not the most remote, nor the most undiscovered place that we will have visited. But it is a land full of people who love hearing great stories told well; and we think we have a few of those ready to share with the world.
So, in just over a month, we land in New York, and from then on… well, we’re not quite sure yet.