Jannika, Szwajcara-surfera podróżującego zawsze tam, gdzie jest ciepło, są sprzyjające fale i przyjaźni ludzie, poznaliśmy razem z Krzyśkiem, kiedy akurat zaparkował swojego vana na jednej z naszych ulubionych portugalskich plaż. Poniżej, oprócz naszych zdjęć, znajdziecie też cały wywiad z nim, który przeprowadziliśmy w ramach projektu Another Story.
– Is it still a travel or rather a life?
That’s a very good question <laugh> I think there is a moment there is no return. Especially when you get used to this and it kind of works with money and everything. When I was back home for 3 months after 8 months of travel I was completely out of myself. You get back and there everything is how it used to be. But you feel different and changed. You don’t fit in and you feel disconnected. You start to be a visitor at home and that’s a really weird feeling.
I’ve thought a lot when it’s still a travel and when it starts to be your life. I’ve met a few people that I felt were stuck in this never-ending search of whatever they were searching for. You could see that after travelling in a van for 5 or 6 years they were way over the point that they could return to a regular life.
There is something that I’m trying to get out of this experience myself, something I crave for. I can’t really point it out or name it. I just know why I left Switzerland. It’s a really nice country but it’s also a bubble. You’re there and you just work really hard to pay a lot of bills that are ridiculously high. Don’t get me wrong – you have a really good life standard, you get paid well, it’s clean and organised. But for me it lacks life – this pure, raw life. Just take that – people would not offer an old lady a help to carry her bag because they’d think it’d be rude to interrupt her privacy. It’s insane.
It’s a lot about work, about what you possess and about getting more things. I’ve loved my job as a gardener. It’s my passion and I’m grateful to be able to do it. But imagine this: I work for 9 years at this company. I do a good job, I get the money, I pay the bills and… that’s it? Is that what I’m going to be doing for the next 40 years? I was shocked to realize that now it’s just “family, kids, apartment” and that’s all of life.
– So what is it about your life now that you like?
I love to live minimalistic and in Switzerland everything screams at you: “Get more luxury! Get more things that you will never use again! Just get them to have them!” Here life in a van is perfect. You just have basic things that you need. Even now I think I have too much stuff.
I also think that’s why I really love surfing in the combination with this life. It brings me back to nature even more. Through my job as a gardener I’ve always felt connected to earth. And now with surfing I feel I have a connection to water. You go out there to the ocean and you are so near creation and destruction. When a wave is powerful and it starts to barrel, and you’re looking into that tube from the side, you see the beauty that fades away so quickly.
- What do you do during the day?
I think that being alone and letting yourself do nothing is actually what many people can’t do. And that’s the state I really like. Just to be. In Switzerland I get in this rush. As soon as I get back home I get sucked in. There is this unexplained hurry to do, not to miss out. If I go to sleep early at home I feel like I’m missing out. That’s so crazy and it creates an unnatural hectic life.
At the same time here I definitely miss working. I’m not a lazy person, I’m not trying to avoid work. That’s not my purpose of travelling. I am a gardener and I’ve always known I want to be one, so it’s more than a job to me.
– So what are your plans for travel?
My plans for travelling have actually changed because I’ve fallen in love with a girl. She is Brazilian and she’s here in Portugal to do an Erasmus. So now I just think about the nearest future – I’ll stay around here till the end of the year.
– When you imagine yourself settling down at one point, do you think it will be Switzerland or some place else?
I’d love to have a half/half solution. I like Switzerland and I feel the most home there. It was also necessary for me to leave to discover it. A lot of times I was just complaining about it being just all about money and prestige. Now I see that this is actually my home. I’m Swiss and I can’t deny that – I tidy up my van quite a lot <laugh>. But when I’m home I catch myself calling a lake an ocean, or watching the wind and saying it’s offshore, or having that urge to go to the water.
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