We have three "big-deal" topics to tell you about:
1. Our new 2020 calendar that'll help orphaned kids in Nepal
2. An extraordinary trip to the roof of the world - with you!
3. The release of our new movie
The Kids and the 2020 Calendar
Josephine and I travelled to India and Nepal this summer. In India we re-connected with friends and laid the foundation for a guided motorcycle tour that we are offering next year.
In Nepal we visited the kids at the CYF orphanage. Remember, the ones I met in 2009, starring in the doc "Somewhere Else Tomorrow"? Pretty much exactly ten years later I show up at their doorstep again! The orphanage is home to 82 kids now. Haushala, their "mother" is still dedicated to their wellbeing and passionate about their eduction. Out of the 25 kids that I met in 2009, four are still there.
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Apparently you and I made a big impact! The donation that so many of the Open-Explorers blog-readers made back in 2009 was on of the first that they received. This gave them tremendous hope. And now they are in a much better place.
Joey and I are motivated to make another contribution. We came up with the idea of creating a beautiful calendar together with some of the older kids. The calendar is now available for sale and 100% of the profit will go directly to the kids! Check out this video to see what our reunion was like and to get yourself a beautiful calendar if you would like one.
An Extraordinary Trip to the Roof of the World
Last year I announced that I'll be a motorcycle tour guide for the summer. The tour didn't happen because we were a little late to promote it and didn't attracted enough participants. But next year (2020) we will definitely go and ride in the Himalayas together! The trip is guaranteed to go ahead, regardless of how many participants will book it. Joey and I were testing out the waters last month, re-connecting with our friends and helpers in India. We'd be thrilled to have you as a guest in August next year. We made this video which will make every motorcyclist's heart beat faster (and every non-motorcyclist's heart too).
Our New Movie
After the release of the first edit (Extended Cut for all Indiegogo supporters) at the end of July, we received countless emails. The feedback was very positive and humbling. Many said that they would have loved to see even more, despite the extreme length of 2,5 hours. I think this is a good sign.
Right now I'm fine-tuning the film, taking the feedback into account and shortening the film to an easily digestible length. I'm designing DVD and Bluray covers, talking to printers and production companies, so that you'll receive your copy soon. And as soon as I have a list of cinemas that'll show the film, I'll let you know.
Let me know if you have questions in regards to the calendar, the Himalaya tour or the film. I'd be happy to hear from you. All the best, I'll be in touch soon.
Daniel and Joey.