The further we get away from the world we know, the stranger countries appear to us. This project is mainly about people living in countries that most of us had hardly heard about. Our perception about the large part of the world is the one of problems, conflict and poverty. Of course, we cannot deny that this is the reality in many cases. But even in the worst of situations, there is always joy and happiness.
Join me on a tour about Global happiness!
... with Slava Bortnik, Belarusian human rights defender and LGBT activist.
I meet Slava in a club in the outskirts of Minsk. It is the day after the Pride parade, the first in many years. The manifestation could not take place in central Minsk and in the end, participants where few (many more did not dare come). Despite all, Slava is optimistic: Belarus is in the centre of Europe and one day Belarus will join the European family for real! And what about happiness? My partner, my family – and my activism, says Slava.
... with Slobodan Katic, bicycle fixer and enthusiast in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.
Bajs is Serbian slang for bicycle, but in Swedish the meaning is slightly different… Slobodan Katic is a bicycle enthusiast, his shop can be found in a small cobblestone street in Zemun, the old Hungarian part of the capital Belgrade. His goal is to give everyone the bicycling virus and turn Belgrade and Serbia into a greener place. And yes, you should have no problem guessing what makes him happy!
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... with Mohammad, a driver in Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Few people seem to like Amman, a city perhaps lacking the charm of Beirut or the historic quarters of Damascus. Over the last years Amman has grown a lot and the traffic could be just awful. In order to stay awake while driving around day and night, you need coffee! Of course!
And that is also what makes Mohammad happy, then comes food and maybe the best - a holiday far away from traffic jams and bypasses.
More than ten years ago, I wrote a book "Travelling with chidren" (in Swedish only) with my former wife. Since then, my own children have grown into travellers in their own right, but every time I see small kids travel, a certain feeling ensurfaces. But it is not always easy....
The hassle when everyone is to board a budget airline flight with no designated seat is notorious. It is a question of survival of the biggest and sturdiest, and that hardly ever includes those travelling with small children.
… with Emilio Guzman, guide at the famous Lighthouse in Santo Domingo.
The lighthouse in Santo Domingo was inaugurated in 1992 order to honour the 500 Year Jubilee of Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the Americas.