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I want to listen to songs I have never heard for a whole month

I really enjoy traveling. No. That’s an understatement. I live for traveling. How do you know that? Because we arrange our whole lives around traveling. We take jobs that allow us to take long trips away, we spend all our money on traveling instead of pimping out our place (where we never stay anyway) and almost all of our time we aren’t working we spend planning our next trip ;P

One thing that I love about traveling is getting immersed into the atmosphere of the place. And music is a big part of that. In fact, just like traveling expands your comfort level it can expand your musical taste. For example, I can’t say that I really enjoyed Reggae music before working a summer in The Gambia. But every morning my host would turn to his computer while he was still in bed and click play…and we would listen to it until we left the house. And after a while Reggae became the way of life 😉 It helped me chill the f. down and I went from being the stressed westerner that was freaking out over meetings not starting on time to understanding “African time”, from walking around at New York speeds to develop a leisurely walk ;P and from giving people a head nod to taking the time to “properly” great people and ask about their health and their family.

And during day long trips in buses in Pakistan, I started developing an appreciation for Eastern music and I’m still listening to Bollywood songs online. And that leads me to my idea.

I remember the TED talk from Ann Morgan, that read a book from every country in the world and together with my newfound hunger for Eastern music it’s inspiring me to do a project where I listen to only new songs I have never heard before. So here is my quest, to find a way to do that. I have Googled and asked around but so far none of the current options of online music streaming really work. So maybe I’ll have to learn some programming and create my own solution…or I share this idea with people that already know how to solve this and inspire them to take action. And why would you want to do this? Because it expands our world and makes it bigger. So, let’s find a way 🙂


Holidays, Hamilton and setting up 2017 to be the best year yet.

Just got back to civilization, were 3 weeks in USA for Thanksgiving 😉 I added a few kg and I’m detoxing after overdosing on all that food…but man its cold here. And if you think its strange that a guy from Iceland is complaining about being cold I always highlight that I have never been as cold as when I moved to the Netherlands.:P However since we are going to India for 3 weeks after Christmas I think I’ll survive. Just take things once day at a time.

I want to acknowledge that I’m aware that I always tell people never to share online if they are aren’t home so they won’t make things easy for burgles however since we practice “Essential Minimalism” I’m sure that our home will be quite disappointing for people to try to rob, unless they are into stealing books and I’m also streamlining that and going digital so that won’t be an issue for us either. I’m doing 30 min of digitizing paper per day…we will see when that project will be done with 😉

What I am doing though regarding security for traveling I do recommend this LastPass blog. I’m going trough all my passwords right now to update then and deconnect my accounts to prevent things going wrong if my digital devices are stolen.

On another subject there is though the small problem that Christmas in the Netherlands is horribly boring. They don’t really celebrate it and don’t have real snow so that just depressing :S but its then up to me to fix that 😉 Just the tough thing is that I get homesick for the best food in the world. What food may that be? Icelandic food of course! Anyone here that is up for creating something epic together?

Also did any of you get selected for the Impact City? Our ideas didn’t…but that is not stopping me. I have been listening to “Hamilton the musical” non-stop (well not non-stop because I’m listening to classical music right now but you get the picture) but the point is that I’m super pumped up to “not going to throw away my shot” and to start standing up for injustice no matter what the consequences. Do or die 🙂

“I picked up a pen, I write my own deliverance” Alexander Hamilton from the Musical Hamilton (BTW I don’t own the picture)


And that brings me to the main point of my rant today. The song”Hurricane” inspired me to “pick up a pen and write my own deliverance”. I have already mentioned the frustrations I have had with the current political and economic system because I truly believe that “We can do better than this” so I’m going to “write my way out”. I can’t expect people to understand if they haven’t been told. I should not be so judgmental because once I didn’t know many of the things I have been so fortunate to get to know. And not everyone has the luxury of the time I have for research.

So if it is to be its up to me. I can’t expect others to do things that I find uncomfortable. I don’t like conflict but there are other people that don’t like to go to bed hungry or worried or scarred. My discomfort is nothing compared to that so many are suffering right now. And “Although no one can to everything, everyone can do something” and incremental improvements beat no improvements…and in the meantime I can work on things that are real paradigm shifts. Looking forward to telling you all about the Impact City projects we are working on.

Until then “history has its eyes on you”, “what side of history are you going to be”?