Lost in translation
It’s a fact that translation takes me to interesting places. I’ve already written about Edinburgh, now is the time for another adventure:
I’m taking you to Bali.
BTW – Do you want me to translate something for you? Don’t hesitate! I’m sure we’re gonna have fun 😉
About a year ago, I translated a music documentary about HEY’s, a Polish rock band, trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Gregory, the film director at Sky Piastowkie, accompanied HEY during this trip and shot some mind-blowing material.
The documentary is not widely available yet but here’s a song with a video clip based on the footage from that trip.
A surfing spirit from Vietnam
One of the people that were featured in the movie was Tommy, a kitesurfing instructor and the owner of Huna Boards. His captivating words resonated with me and maybe they’ll resonate with you too:
I learned how to laugh in Australia. All my life I couldn’t laugh, I couldn’t have fun. There, I started a new life, I got new wrinkles and my eyes started to be joyous. I was travelling around searching for my place. I searched for myself. Now, when time to move on comes, I go online and look for a ticket. The ticket I buy is a smile of Fortune. It’s always a one-way ticket.
Really? Let’s see…
Excited about Gregory’s cool movie and kitesurfing lessons that were featured in it, I wrote to Tommy. The good energy that flew from the screen turned out to be real and we became friends.
One-way ticket of my own
When I decided to go to Asia, I told Tommy about it and I heard: Great! You should come to Vietnam! But I’m in Bali now, so come to Bali first!
Decisions, decision, decisions
As good starting point as any. The perfect starting point for me. Whenever I thought of Asia, my mind was going straight to Bali. A mysterious place shrouded in the haze of people’s dreams.
When I thought it couldn’t get any better, Tommy said the magic words: I’m gonna teach you surfing. Too good to be true. I wouldn’t actually believe it if I wasn’t for the fact that I’m in Bali now, with my first kitesurfing lesson already behind me.