MAKEMBA TOURS EUROPE
After a ten day festival on the shores of Lake Idanha-A-Nova in Portugal, it’s time for our next adventure, We pack up our shop, pack our van to the brim and hit the road, our next festival is halfway across Europe and it starts in four days.
Arriving to the festivals in europe is half of the work, anything can happen along the way when you crossing borders to countries with different languages and laws and a van full of stock. We pray to arrive safely, we pray that we don’t get stopped by officials along the way and we pray that our van doesn’t breakdown.
As we park in the check in queue we start to see familiar faces, friends and family from all over the world arriving in vans, trucks, bicycles and some even hitching rides. We see some of our friends rolling in with their vans, also packed to the brim carrying their shops. Some, like us have travelled from Boom festival, Portugal. Most of us traders go from festival to festival for three months of the summer, setting up festival shops across Europe.
For most of us this is our favourite festival, it is usually the last festival of the season for us and even though we are physically tired we couldn’t think of a better place to be.
It’s a privilege to be surrounded by such unspoiled nature, earning a living doing what we love, surrounded by our friends and family from around the world.
I take a moment of gratitude as I watch my seven year old daughter reunited with her travel buddies once more as they run off naked with their blow up boats, and head for the river.
we remember what is important.