Friendship journey #8: With Travellight in Georgia & with headaches in Brazil
I feel like I’ve known you guys so long
now and that we’ve been traveling together for – ages.
It really does, yeah. It feels like she’s been one of the
Yuujou travelers like full-on. Two teams of three creative people each
will start in Berlin and travel in opposite directions. One team goes east, the other
one goes west. They want to make it to the other side of the world – Japan, only
by traveling from one friend to another. We made it to Odessa and on
our way to get the ferry to Georgia. So still a long way to go. A lot of tears and a lot of sweat.
And stress to get the tickets. And the funny thing is we tried to book online, it’s not working. We phoned them, they’re like no you can’t do it the ticket office is closed
you can’t book it anymore. And we were like screw that,
we are going anyway. So we just showed up and managed
to get those damn tickets. That’s our boat, guys. So we crossed the Black
Sea on a cargo ship. How do I feel? Really good, super excited to meet
this Travellight girl. We’ve been chatting a little bit and she seems really cool and so she’ll
be coming in tomorrow which will be fun. All right we have
made it to Batumi. So this is the town we’re gonna be
meeting our host in, in Georgia. It is way bigger than I expected.
Seems like a lot is going on and I cannot wait to be on that beach. I’ve been
waiting about – it’s day 47 now – to find a beach and so I’m super excited. We met people from
the Yuujou community. We just created like a whole
table with people from Yuujou. This is Juliana and we have more friends here.
There’s Jed with out new friend Laila and Hannah. Hi, I am Gabi. We have now a Forró class here. And Panos here is really good, he has potential to Forró. Okay like club. I’m really getting into the local culture and really getting to speak with the locals and be with the locals. It’s like a shot no? – No, a little. Ah that’s it, that’s how
much I have to drink? Swirl it, keep going. Trust me. Yvonne? – Swallow it quickly. It’s terrible and the tongue is like. Best experience. My name is Barbara. I am living at
Brasilia, I am journalist and a filmmaker. If this was the last chance to tell her
something what would you say to her? Carry on, be confident. I think about why Matthieu
told me to be confident. Because actually I’m not a very confident
person, so this is very hard to me. Oh Sorry. I’ll hug you. – Oh it’s okay.
– No but it’s cute, you know. What do you like about her? – She’s always
happy and has a good sense of humor. I am sending you to Laura,
she’s my intern and a very cool girl. My name is Laura. I study at the university
of Brasilia. I study Museology and I work here at the French Alliance
as a web designer. We are about to meet Jordan, the Travellight.
She is getting off her train around 1:00 so we are at
city centre waiting for her now. Jordan? – Hi! Hello everyone, I am Jordan. I’m from Miami Florida USA, and I am a travel YouTuber. I’ve been traveling the world full-time for three
and a half years now. Jordan is really cool. It’s cool
getting to meet someone else new. She has her projects, we have our projects
and now she’s working on our project with us. What does friendship mean to me? I think that it means to me just someone
that you can connect with, and talk to and be relaxed around. Oh it’s hot. That is good though.
– Oh my god, so good. – Thank you. We ordered one. But she was very nice,
she wanted to give us two. So it’s her shop. And now we’re gonna have some baklava. Tamara here made it. Thank you. Bye bye. I guess I had bad cards. We are in a bazaar, and there’s
a lot of fruits and veggies. And it’s amazing, all the
spices, and the color. It’s so good. I’m sending you guys to friend of mine
whose name is Denny. Now he works as a researcher at
Emílio Goeldi Museum in Belém do Pará. How long you been in the bus?
– 24 hours now. And 12 to go. When we left Brasilia, I kind of had
a weird headache. And during the bus ride – the 35 hours bus ride,
it got worse and worse. When I moved or when I bent forward,
my head felt like it was exploding, it was pumping. We got to Belem and it was so bad that
I had kind of an emergency call in Switzerland and they told me that I should see a doctor.
We were at the hospital, arrived there and the first thing I got
like maybe 30 minutes after I was there, I got an injection. And the crazy thing was
that I had no idea what they gave me. What I don’t understand is why
they like first put in something and then they take blood. I didn’t get it too. Most of the hospitals I go to,
they do the blood test before. My name is Melissa, I live in Belém.
Right now I’m a bartender in a hostel, the one that she got sick,
not in the hostel but you know. I had to translate what she’s feeling
to the doc because no one of them speaks English, which is pretty bad. You’re a lifesaver. – Oh, am I?
Our project is about friendship. I will be your friend
for the rest of my life. And this is like a weird thing, when you’re in a country and you’re so vulnerable because you don’t know what is going on and you can’t really
do something because you don’t speak their language. You just trust a
stranger, like in this situation a stranger called Melissa. You just trust a
stranger that she’s taking care of you. So yeah, day 50 – halftime – worst day of the
trip so far. I do feel better, I still wake up and I have like a headache and that never happens to me.
I don’t wake up with a headache. So I still think that there is something left
but I hope it will get better and better. I just wanted to check on your state of health.
– It’s my head. My name is Denny. I’m 74 years old.
My occupation is a professional linguist, a researcher in Amazonia. I wasn’t expecting to coming to
ministry of technology today. I’m learning a lot of
indigenous stuff. It’s good. I feel like an intellectual today. Studying indigenous languages and there’s something like a hundred and fifty indigenous languages in Brazil. It’s a lot of languages, you know. Denny – such a cool guy. 78, and he’s
having a kid now which is really exciting. He can speak some traditional
languages, which is really awesome. We learnt a lot from him. And it’s a comfortable place to live,
at least for me. I’m of the school of thought that says
you go to the field to be comfortable. So I eat well and have a good
lighting and go swimming and have a lot of friends and do things and it’s very
nice, it’s very nice experience for me. It’s got some of the mineral
water straight out of the spring here and it is really warm,
really sultry, irony, metallic. Honestly maybe the poorest tasting water
I’ve ever had in my life but supposed to be really healthy and fresh and clean and
so yeah that’s what they do here. Oh! Khinkali. – Yes.
– We’re trying to make it. My English not so good. We’re gonna make some Potato Khinkali. This is gonna be so good. It was really fun, first you make the dough
and then you put the meat in it and then you fold it like there’s a special
technique make it. And I was really good at it.
I really enjoyed it and loved it. I was like we should do this in every country,
we should go in every country and make one dish. That one is Jordan’s. Are they good? Today’s the last day with
Jordan, and that’s really sad. We had so much fun together and
those five days went so quick. So you’re a long-term traveler. Do you
sometimes feel a bit lonely? – Yes, I do. Because it can be very isolating
traveling and always having to say so many goodbyes. I think especially with
social media, people seem so present in your life and you really just want that real connection,
you want to actually be at the coffee shop with someone in person and just talk,
maybe about nothing, like not some big conversation
but just talk and hang out. And that can be missing
a lot at the time. Yeah we have made it to the airport, this
is our last couple minutes with Jordan. It has been an incredible week
like that’s it so much fun. I feel like I’ve known you guys for so long now and that
we’ve been traveling together for ages. It really does. It feels like she’s been
one of the Yuujou travelers like full-on. And we’ve gotten along so well.
Like Paula and I sit for coffee while Joey talks and talks and talks.
There was never a moment that I felt like I’m the third wheel or anything.
I was kind of worried, not worried but you know, you guys have traveled
for so long. I felt like I knew you just effortlessly. Take care. – You too. – See ya.
I really hope it works out for you, moving here. That would be awesome. All right so it is 6:00 in the morning.
Our new travel buddy is showing up in about 20 minutes so we’re gonna head out to the
airport now, go pick them up, see who it is. Super excited, we have no idea. All right so any second now, next person is gonna
come right through that gate, right there. – Where are they gonna come from?
I think they’ll come from London. I am getting so nervous.
I have sweaty hands. That’s a backpacker.
That’s not our girl. I am super excited to meet my team.
I am super happy, super honored to be a part of Yuujou team and, yeah
I can’t wait. It is happening. Well, he or she knows how to make us wait. I am so nervous. I think we saw her. I’m pretty
sure. I think it’s Renata. I think we just saw her, I think that was
our first sight of our new travel buddy. Hey! I am so happy. Follow our journey on Yuujou.
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