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We are Issei and Jessica, a Franco-Indonesian couple. Our paths first crossed in 2013 in the fabulous city of Yogjakarta while I (Jess) was travelling in Indonesia. We quickly enjoy spending time together, and Issei was happy to show me his area as he was a student in one of the universities in Yogyakarta. It’s after few weeks together that our relationship become more than only friends in a middle of a wonderful hike.
After few months together in Indonesia, I had to go back to France and Issei decided to join me to continue his education and start a life there. We have to admit that our lifestyle in France was really comfortable but become quickly too boring. So our only solution was to leave and discover the world!!! We started dreaming about long travel in many differents countries that we would have never thought to go one day! After few months of discussion, at the beginning of 2015, we decided to make this dream came true… we go on a new ADVENTURE!!!
We crossed more than 20 countries in Europe and Asia with a very small budget. We did our best to get the best experience. The best place to stay, places to visit and of course lot of encounter with amazing people along our way. This blog “probably” a collection of writing about our experiences and feelings, that we hope will be useful for everyone that wants to go like us on an adventure with a small budget.
Ohh small update!! We are preparing the first Vanlife in Indonesia! After our last travel, we wanted to go on a new adventure and at the same time to spread happiness along our way. One day, Issei has the idea to discover Indonesia in an old VW Combi while opening a rolling library and distributing children books on our way. So here we are, preparing a new chapter in our life…
More details about us and our faithful friend:
MY COUNTRY AND CITY OF ORIGIN: France born in Talence
MY COURSE: Bachelor of Psychology / lived a year in Ireland and England / travelled more than 30 countries between Europe, Southeast Asia and America / was a volunteer in the association Trisomie 21 Aquitaine.
WHY I DO THIS PROJECT: I have always wanted to help children, hence my degree in developmental psychology, hence my travels where I was able to help orphanages and my volunteer work in France. This is a project of a lifetime that I hope will come true.
MY DREAM: Opening a specialised orphanage for mentally disabled children in Indonesia
MY COUNTRY AND CITY OF ORIGIN: Indonesia, Born in Depok
MY COURSE: Petroleum Engineering + Master in International Management in Bordeaux / travelled more than 20+ countries essentially in Europe and Asia.
WHY I DO THIS PROJECT: “Because he wants to contribute to his society by bringing a better future to the children” and I would add as he always says “Because I can”!!
MY DREAM: “Be able to play Guitalele on the beach with an unlimited supply of beer!!” Hahaha, It’s a bit hard to talk seriously with him sometimes!! More seriously, he always wanted to be a teacher and brought knowledge to the children.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany born in 1977
COURSE: was imported into Indonesia at the American Embassy in Jakarta until 1982 and was sold to 4 different owners before finally becoming a member of our family at the end of 2016.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROJECT: To do good by carrying more than 2,000 books and meet thousands of children on the road 🙂
ITS DREAM: To be useful until the end or at least to live a few years to see and give a smile to many Indonesian children. The most important to not to be forgotten in the depths of a breakage (hopefully!).
“Because life is too short to live a normal life..”
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