Prep-oar-ation

We are prepping hard in the hope of hitting the water (finally) on Wednesday…

Since arriving in Zaragoza we have…

swam (the place we found to store our rafts and camp is close to a public pool, perfect for crusty nobodies returning to civilization) showered; washed the Nowhere dust from our clothes; slept in real beds (either in hostels or with new friends or on couches); gotten in touch with loved ones who were starting to get worried; set up camp in a dirty, dusty (just how we like it) parking lot; had a few long, emotional meetings; sowed the last (hooray) of our flotation; cooked lunch from Mohamed for the first (second and third) time; endured a daily thunder storm; scouted a launching point; got in touch with Friends of the Ebro; made life jackets; put on a show at local Bar Voltaire; walked through the streets of the city with pirate/sailor outfits carrying oars and big backdrops; fought the Nowhere bug; decorated the fish boat; sorted out all the food donated to us by our amazing friends and supporters at Nowhere; updated our budget and wrote this list of things we have done…

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First crew on site at our new parking camping spot

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First lunch from the van

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stitchin and bitchin

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The Presenters at Bar Voltaire

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The Performers at Bar Voltaire

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Hide your kids, the pirates are in town

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Finally all the flotation bags are sewn and we can attache them!

We are hoping to launch on Wednesday (due to wanting to meet up with Friends of the Ebro tomorrow). So keen to get on the water, like someone said yesterday “I didn’t come to Spain to sew bags in a filthy parking lot, I want to get rafting…”

Amen. Hopefully our next update is from the water!

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Time flies when you go Nowhere!

 

 

 

As you might know, we took our rafts to Nowhere festival in the Spanish desert… it seems everyone was having way too much fun to take pictures and I could not really get online to update the blog or social feeds (that is the point of going deep into the remote desert right?).

Our performers truly put on “the most spectacular thing the Monegros desert had ever seen” and participants of the festival showed great interest in our project, a few hotties might even catch up and join us for a part of the journey…

Alas, here are a few pictures to show we were there and we survived it all and we are alive and well in Zaragoza planning our departure for early next week.

Yup it is all happening…

More updates as soon as we have recovered from being back in the default world (personally I did 21 days of the dust and it takes some getting used to, especially this online world!)

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The spot where we are storing the rafts is super polluted and a great place to start cleaning up the banks of the Ebro.

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The full piece says “work hard play hard” but we are ignorantly assuming the hard work part is over…

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Working picnic lunch on the banks of “our river”. Planning the next few days leading up to our launch.

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Dusty pirate snail at Nowhere

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We certainly arrived at Nowhere…

 

Tick toc, tick toc

I am reminded of Tick Toc, the ticking crocodile in Peter Pan, maybe one of the earliest published cases of an animal suffering from pollution in the water…

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On a different note, we are now on Pinterest  sharing some rubbish craft ideas and alternative living and travelling options… Have a look!

Yesterday we had some excited local visitors.

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and did some decorating… see it all in under a minute!

Pledge against bottled water

Did you know that more than 77% of plasticwater bottles are not recycled, and that plastic makes up 80% of the trash that ends up in the ocean?

It’s astounding that more than 9.5 million plastic bottles have been collected in coastal cleanups worldwide over the past 25 years. Plastic waterbottles are having a devastating effect on our ecosystems along our shores and beyond, and the worst part is, it could all be prevented!

Food & Water Watcher have teamed up with Surfrider Foundation to encourage beachgoers to Take Back the Tap!

The Junk Raft Armada supports this pledge.

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We have decided to share some of our crew members’ thoughts on why they personally decided to dedicate their summer to our cause.

Although our core message and ideology is: “Single use plastic is slowly killing our water resources and every one of us has the power and responsibility to change that” every one of us have personal reasons and motivations driving us too, and these are also important to us.

The first post is an edit (‘cause editing is one of the things that the two of us who sit on the couch with computers all day do) of a message (An)tony sent to his friends recently.

“As you know I’ve been asking people for donations for the junk armada project. I received some feedback from a friend who felt it was not helping environmentally and we just wanted an excuse for a jolly river trip.

At the moment we are working and living in a post-industrial work commune – tied into very large anti-capitalist industrial structures, co-operatives and outreach programmes. Within the industrial Catalan region things are bad, very bad. Huge numbers of factories, full on resources, materials, and working spaces are derelict.

What the residents of Calafou are doing is how I like to think of recycling; re-using forgotten materials and sharing skills, swopping, growing, developing and building networks / communities. In my opinion recycling has been stereotyped in order to make it easier to consume in an ironic way – believing that the plastic is taken care of once you put it in the right recycling bin is part of the problem. We need to start thinking where it goes (usually a landfill or the ocean!) and how we can prevent it from getting there.

This project has been the steepest learning curve of my life. We have learnt a huge amount from the people at here which we will naturally share with local communities along our journey. We are working hard to communicate the right messages.

Obviously stuff like handmade recycled crafts and boats aren’t going to change the world. Parts of the Ebro are completely ruined environmentally and although this might not be about cleaning rivers and chasing purist ideals, it’s about trying to change people’s respect for material and our vital natural resourced.

I want to help people see what they can create from trash and help them to understand their resources. By sharing our experiences to a large community online we are hopefully encouraging people think about alternative approaches to waste. Simple things, like checking for wood in skips before buying it, or sharing skills and working on projects yourself rather than going to a professional.

This has been the most challenging project I’ve ever worked on, but I know it will help sculpt what I choose to do with my skills going forward and hopefully help to change the status quo.”

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Tony and his assistant / editor Helena.

Meet my pirate crew! The As

The South African takes a stab at some of her crew members…

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In a place where seemingly anything goes, people have come together from all over the world. With various expectations and ambitions, stories and motivations, these are the eco pirates I will spend my Spanish summer with…

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(Trying to) lead the pack is Ants, the fast talking, quick thinking Kiwi who is the only one on the crew who (kind of) knew everyone before the start of this project. A global citizen from down under, Ants has been involved in activism and social justice for over a decade. These days he builds junk rafts, drinks endless cups of tea while dealing with the stress of life in the Spanish summer…

Ant’s favourite sayings include “sweet ass” when things are going well and he obviously calls everyone mate.

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Antony, or Tony to avoid confusion (for us, not him) is half English half Sicilian and seems to think he “works maticiously”…

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