Buena Onda

10 Sep

In Spanish they have a saying “Buena Onda”, which literally means “good wave”, but it’s used to portray a good feeling, the atmosphere, the vibe etc. For example when I did my boat trip up the river last week, the crew and passengers were so friendly, I would say “it was a Buena Onda”.

OK, enough of Spanish 101, I just wanted to write a quick blog about the buena onda I was surfing yesterday, I had one of those days where things just started happening, I couldn’t stop smiling. All too often we are surrounded by negative news, all you need to do is turn on the TV at 6 o’clock. Anyway…………..

Yesterday I opened my email account and read that one of my travel stories (titled ‘kissing Paraguayan men’) was getting published on a well known travel website, Boots n all , go check it out, its on the home page under traveller articles. Although it’s not the New York Times, you have to start somewhere.

Also waiting for me was a couple of emails from friends back home about the Antarctic Volunteer jobs going at Scott Base. Cheers to you guys, “buena onda”, looking into it now.

The most exciting news. At yoga Mandy met Silvana, a young Colombian lady that lives here with her Cuban husband Ricardo and their two children here in Asuncion. She went back and was hanging at their house and got talking with them. Ends up they make documentaries, not your mainstream type, but the grass roots, artistic, for the love of it documentaries, documentaries with a purpose. Turns out they have an Italian client with a teenage market that maybe interested on a web TV series about travel in Paraguay. Mandy said, I think I might know just the person for this role.

We met up last night at their pizzeria, and it’s all go. We are going to make a pilot on Friday, I’m just going to walk around downtown Asuncion, talk with the people, see the sights, the poverty, the flash government buildings, the smiles, the hammock sellers, the shoe shiners in the plaza, the 10 year old kids driving the horse and carts down the main streets. I can’t wait, I’m so passionate about Paraguay, I would love to share it, as you will see in my coming blog posts. Silvana said that I just have to be myself, I do what I want and she follows with the camera, it’s about my travels, my experiences etc.

But it is only a pilot, maybe the clients don’t like it, who knows, all I know is that I’m excited. At the least it will be a great experience and a day that I won’t forget.

Oh and another thing, good mates Hazel and Ami from Perth arrive in a couple of days to come and hang in Asuncion, can’t wait, super pumped. Haze if you read this, just hooked up your bed, all good, can’t wait to see ya’s.

OK, back to the “5 people you meet on a Paraguayan cargo boat” posts. I just had to share the Buena onda with you.

Nuthin but love Hap

5 Responses to “Buena Onda”

  1. crystal edge at 4:27 am #

    Hap, this is all such wonderful news. The universe is conspiring in your favor…as I knew that it would all along. Love you!

    • Hap at 11:33 pm #

      cheer, fingers cross all keeps going well. Having an awesome time at the moment, Hazel and Ami are here, we are off on a mini camping adventure tomorrow to some ruins down south, so looking forward to that. They loving it here in Paraguay.
      Mandy super exciting about seeing you and la familia, great how that worked out.
      Nuthin but love Hap

  2. crystal at 5:32 am #

    Give haze and ami my love!

  3. Jo at 5:34 pm #

    Congratulations on being published – you make me glow with pride! Just back from a 2 weeker with Hana around the coast of Turkey and through the (rainy) Greek Islands….being back in the office reading your news just makes me pine. Look forward to hearing more about the Buena onda

  4. Hap at 12:05 am #

    Cheers mate.
    Theres nothing more depressing than getting back to the real world of work after travels away, good luck in the rehabilitation process. I hope your batteries are recharged.
    NBL Hap

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