Nathan here saying thank you and welcome to our blog.
Introductions of this sort would usually describe the blog, the intention, the overall content and general focus that readers can expect; however, Jason and I still aren’t sure what the next year of our lives is going to look like. Our vision is high apple pie in the sky of doing everything, going everywhere, and meeting everyone along the way. It’s equal parts youthful Romanticism and a blurred idealism aching for a focused view of an ever changing world. I’ve often thought that if one of us had to take a bullet it should be me. Jason is a mover and a shaker, I on the other hand am assigned to the role of a passive observer. I believe this is what makes us a good team – Jason will settle for nothing less than the abolition of injustice everywhere and I am unrelenting in my quest for a broader vision though doomed to never see the entire picture. The idea for this trip began nearly six months ago when I was still living in Colorado and Jason had just moved back to Texas from Chicago. He was feeling like his life had taken a series of wrong turns and that he had ended up in a place he didn’t want to be, both in terms of location and spirit. Jason suggested that it was high time we did some rash nonsense together. His proposition came at the perfect time; disillusioned with the current state of American education, I had dropped out of college a year before graduation and was in a sort of ambivalent purgatory. I agreed and we immediately began planning our adventure. We didn’t have a lot of money, but that has never stopped me from tramping before. In fact, not having a lot of money tends to make travel significantly more exciting. We started a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) profile as a means to live as frugally as possible. Our first stop will be at a farm called Casa do Burro near the small Portuguese town of Vila do Bispo on the southwestern tip of Portugal. Casa do Burro is cared for by a family of German punks who live off the land shepherding goats and making cheese. After learning how to be shepherds, Jason and I will head into Spain to continue working for various families, this time using a different website, Workaway. Workaway is similar to WWOOF in that volunteers can exchange labor for food and lodgings, but Workaway has several advantages. Membership fees are about the same price except Workaway lasts a year longer and extends all over the world, unlike WWOOF which has different websites and membership fees for each country. We are hoping to meet many wonderful people using these sites with the aim of spinning a web of solidarity across borders, cultures, and communities. Along with work exchange websites, Jason has made many close friends and allies through his years of political organizing who have offered to help navigate us through unfamiliar territory. Although we aren’t certain what to expect from this adventure, we do know there is no coming back until we’ve found whatever it is we’re both searching for. We hope that you enjoy reading our blog as we travel through Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, and beyond. If you like what you read and want to help us on our way, Jason has set up a GoFundMe account which you can find under the Donate tab. Furthermore, if you support what we are doing and have suggestions, advice, requests, or job opportunities please send us an e-mail by filling out the contact form located under the GoFundMe link. May your compass needle always point north,
– Nathan and Jason