In some of the most remote corners of our planet is where I have found the most kindness. I arrived to this village in the Central Plateau of Madagascar by helicopter, and was not expecting to see anyone. The reception the locals gave me was overwhelming. Although they had vert little to give, they presented me with twigs of sage and huge smiles.
There are corners of China that are so remote and so unique, we cannot even call them "Chinese". I traveled to the Southwestern corner of China, to the Province of Yunnan, where Tibetan ethnic minorities are found. There I spent time with extraordinary people who are still living in a time gone by.
A group of boys gathers at a window to see what I am up to. China.
Around the world, soccer is a unifying sport. From Europe to Latin America, to some of the most remote corners in Africa, football, is a sport that anyone can play. Perinėt, Madagascar.
I know that most of the time, I am not the most popular person in a village. The adults tolerate me, but the children know better and then don't hide their distrust of strangers. In Aukre, Brazilian Amazon
Children in the Amazon are like fish, They learn to swim before they learn to walk. Every morning and every evening, they all come down to the river to swim. Cannot imagine a more blissful childhood.
When we worked in Hawaii, we were really touched by how happy and connected families are to each other. It really dawned on me that the biggest predictor of happiness and fulfilment overall in life is, basically, love.
Not, really, her name is Princess and she is part of the new generation of Hawaiian natives that are redefining who they are and are resurrecting their culture, their language, their traditions, based on their relationship with the sea.
When a baby is born, its umbilical chord is buried in the sand. And so it begins, a lifelong relationship with the ocean.