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UNTIE THE LINES II #17 – San Andres Fish ‘n Friends

This week I have a San Andres video for you. San Andrés is a little Island off the coast of Nicaragua, but belongs to Colomobia. When I arrived in San Andrés, Matthieu was already waiting for me. He will be travelling with Karl and me for the next months until we reach Guatemala.

man and woman with palm trees in san andres

Matthieu needed a spear gun, so we headded to the Beuchat shop in the city. The guy that owns the shop, David, was really helpful and nice. We chatted a bit about the island and speer fishing options. Before we left, he invited us to come along with him and his friends on sunday. They were going to spearfish at the other side of the island at La Piscinita.

Oh, and I got some new flippers (harder ones so I can go faster) and some extra rubber for spare slings.

spear fishing equipment from beuchat

many man and one woman with spear guns in front of a beuchat van

Because David was so nice to invite us to come along for the spear fishing, we invited him and his wife and his friend for a dinner on Karl. It was quite the adventure, because Matthieu had to row over to the marina in 25-30 knots to get them with Karlitos. They took ages, the dink was full of water and aparently they nearly got tipped over…But they made it to the boat and back safely, and that’s all that counts.

sailor girl cooking fish in sailboat galley

five people on a sailboat in san andres

The island is not quite my cup of tea, lots of Colombian tourists come here from the mainland. It seems to be a bit what Mallorca is for Germany in the Med. I guess I prefer places a bit more quiet. Don’t get me wrong, the island is beautiful and there are some nice spots. But if I could go only either to one of the two Colombian Islands (Providencia & San Andres), I would defenitely chose Providencia.

beach with sunset on san andres island

 

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UNTIE THE LINES II #15 – Get Up, Stand Up

The last week in the San Blas Islands…and as much as I have enjoyed being there for so long, I feel the urge to take up the anchor and dare to go out there again. My last solo sail had been challenging for me and left me with a lot of doubt inside myself. I gave Karl and me some time to groove back together, to fix a couple of things and just to let go of plans and expectations for some time.

For the last two weeks, I have been checking the weather and discussing different options every morning with my friend Maria from Sail Joana. She calms me down in these moments, gives me strength and because she has tons of knowledge about passages, weather and sailing in general, it gives me confidence to discuss my “strategies” with her. And they’ve got two Stand Up Paddles on their boat, which is never bad, either for exploring the surroundings.

Enjoy this last episode of the beautiful Guna Yala, cause next week, it is time to Untie The Lines for real!

Ahoy, Nike & Karl

 

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UNTIE THE LINES #14 – Island Time

After Patrice left, my little sister came to visit me and we have spent some precious island time together: fishing, beach fires, sailing and of course some squalls…

Hopefully there will be a good weather window to sail up to San Andres soon….

Enjoy, ahoy, thanks for watching and see you next week,
Nike & KARL

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UNTIE THE LINES II #13 – Filming The Filming

As you can see, I did not quite give up on my dream yet. And there was not much time to be down about my messed up sail to San Blas anyways, because a couple of days later, Patrice, who edits the episodes of UNTIE THE LINES, came to visit me. He is planning to do a full documentary movie about Karl and my journey, so I gave him a small introduction to boat and island life…But see yourself…

Enjoy, ahoy, thanks for watching and see you next week,
Nike & KARL

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UNTIE THE LINES II #12 – Time To Give Up

No, I did not make it to Cuba…I decided to head back to the San Blas Islands and to head north after that. On the way back there, a couple of things went wrong…and I had the feeling that maybe it was best to sell good old Karl and end this little adventure…

Three months later, looking at this, I wonder why I reacted so strongly to these incidents. But I think I was just angry and disappointted of myself for making mistakes…

Enjoy, ahoy, thanks for watching and see you next week,
Nike & KARL

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UNTIE THE LINES II #11 – Fighting For Leaving

Sometimes everything seems to happen all at once and I find myself overwhelmed, feeling lonely and exhausted. But usually, in the end, there is a solution to most things…you just have to get up and fight for it!

But although I got Karl more or less shipshape again, time is running and the weather does not look to promising…it looks like Cuba might have to wait until after hurricane season. But more about that…next week :)

Special thanks to Lancing Marine who had sent me an instruction sheet how I can fix my seized water pump. I did not manage to do it…but the reason was, that I did not use enough force…I watched the guy from the shop do it though and for the next time, I am all set to do it on my own – awesome!!!

Enjoy, ahoy, thanks for watching and see you next week,
Nike & KARL

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Ocean Amp – Your Daily Dose Of Ocean

Actually, what is the difference between White Spot Pirates and UNTIE THE LINES? I already tried to explain how the two of them are related on my website, but I hope to make it a bit more clear with this blog post. My far future goal for White Spot Pirates is that it will turn into more than just being the platform presenting the documentary UNTIE THE LINES. White Spot Pirates is about people chasing their dreams. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, to question what you really want in life and what might be keeping you from doing it and who you can overcome those obsticals in your way.

On White Spot Pirates I hope to share stories of people who have made their dreams come true or who are still in the process of making them happen. The prupose is to inspire others with these stories and to share what we feel when we go for our dreams: all those hopes and fears, excitements and frustrations.

Today I would like to introduce Anja Medau to you, Founder of Oceanamp.org. She is making the start of the “White Spot Pirate Of The Month” series. Thank you, Anja, for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Anja, please tell us about the White Spot that you are currently chasing.

My “White Spot” right now is “OceanAmp“. My dream about a global Ocean information platform that includes a global Ocean-Radio station.

I am fascinated by oceans and their power. The way it calms us – I think everyone has his or her personal story connected to Oceans. It is such a big force of nature and it calls up the Ocean inside us.

After a vacation to Portugal some years ago finding out about the terrible effects of mass tourism to beaches and oceans I wanted to do something. Change something. Act. After some research I discovered, that there are many, many for me at that point unknown foundations, that do great things about our oceans. With OceanAmp on Facebook I started a little project to collect as much information as possible about their work, our oceans and their health. But I did not just want to collect them, I wanted to amplify news and actions about our Oceans. The good and the bad ones, the joyful and the sad ones. That’s what the “AMP” stands for.

Since I am a radio-journalist soon I did not only want to spread other peoples news and stories. I wanted to create them myself- on the medium I love- radio. But that is a big challenge.

What makes this dream so special for you?

Good question. It is so special for me, as I have been looking for a long time to get more meaningfulness into my journalistic life. At some point I was so frustrated about it and about the rules or limits that you have to face in that industry that I wanted to get out of it completely. So I became a Yoga Teacher and Somatic Movement Therapist. Hard to make a living as well.

Now I am back in media and Oceanamp is my absolute dream to journalistically work on issues about the oceans, that can be fun, but also meaningful and able to create change instead of only entertainment.

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How long were you thinking about this project before you actually decided to go after this White Spot? Can you describe the moment of taking this decision? What was the final trigger to do so?

I had been looking for ways to get more meaningful ways in my journalistic career for already a long time. To finally do the step and just make this virtual idea real was just last year. I thought and still think it is a great and important and missing thing in the world that can create a lot of change and awareness. There is various platforms doing so- working in journalistic ecopreneurship in the states- but as far as I know none in Germany. And I did not want to miss the chance to at least try and do it.

The exact moment I decided to do it was a moment when nothing worked anymore in my life. All was on hold. I had no existing, steady client to pay my bills, I had applied for hundreds of steady jobs for more than a year – just denials. I had applied for a visa in South Africa to work there- denial. I started working in a cafe of a friend of mine to pay my rent and learn as much about the café business to be able to start my plan B and open up a café at some point.

My life was a mess. So I thought: I need to do something. It is time for plan B. Either a café or this idea that has been in my head for so long.  And this idea if it works out can lead me to my own independent onlinemagazine and radio, creating my own future without having to apply and apply and knock on other peoples doors, who do not open. I decided to start opening my own door! And just JUMPED! There was nothing to loose anyway.

Did you have to overcome any obstacles / fears to pursue this dream of yours? If so, can you name one or two of the hardest ones? How did you manage to overcome them and where did you take the mental strength from to keep going when times got rough?

For realizing my project, I needed money. So I started talking to some friends in the startup industry, a startup incubator and other channels that financially support newborn webprojects. But all those venture capitalists and commercial financers were just thinking in Dollars, in consuming, in when to exit the project with how much money. Profit, profit, profit. For me that all seemed not fitting. Plus: I am not selling any products- I am providing and amplifying content. Meaningful content. So at that point the only solution was to start my dreamproject all independently by myself.

That was in September 2014.

Since then I am putting my time, money and soul into this project OceanAmp and OceanRadio. It is an own website now, I am starting to collect more authors from all over the world, I am producing OceanRadio all by myself as often as I can – AND: big- success- I managed to get my first content exchange partner- TheTerramar Project from New York!!

So little by little with all my 1-Woman Show power I am making little baby success steps to hopefully get closer to my dream and build a real global, Multimedia- Ocean Information platform.

But with this project times are just starting to get rough. The project is taking on momentum- but that means I need to put even more time and energy into it. And I am coming to a limit, as I have to do a more or less 4 day job as a radio presenter at the same time to make a living.

I need to struchure my days and times, when I can work on Oceanamp and when I cannot. When I need time to get energy back. I had to realize that I cannot work 7 days a week every day. It burns me out. It takes all my motivation from it.

I need to find partners to start a real company. I need to find financial partners that fit my goals, so at some point I do not need to work in different other jobs to make my living. So that is the obstacles that are in front of me. And I am right now starting to work on how to overcome them… structure, partners, patience, finding joy while you go…. Any other suggestions…?

What has changed in your life since you took this new route?

Since I started doing this project I have almost no more time. As I had too much time before now I am in an absolute lack of time. Time management and finding ways to still enjoy my days are Prio 1 on my list every day right now. That is the most significant thing that has changed so far. Starting your own business WHILE you are working elsewhere to make a living is not an easy thing. So finding ways to finance Oceanamp and give me more time to work on it is one of the most important next steps I need to take.

Does discovering your White Spot feel the way you expected it to or is it different and if so, in what way?

Well, OceanAmp is one of some “White Spots” I have had in my life so far. Becoming a Yoga Teacher has been one too. Becoming a Model, TV and radio presenter has been one in the first place. But: If you reach this goal or dream you thought you were having- often it is quite different in reality than this vision or fantasy you had about it. With whatever you do you will be facing obstacles, tasks you hate, people you do not want to work with but still have to, restrictions, and so on…. And so it will be the case with this project too. And yes, it will be shown in the future, how many of these obstacles I can survive, how hard the wind will be blowing against me … but so far I am confident I will get through it!

Did you already have the qualifications you needed to put your dream into reality or did you have to learn completely new skills? If the latter, what was your approach to develop them?

I still have to learn a lot of new skills in term of an Online Business.

There is lots of stuff I have to face that I actually HATE. Really. I am a radio person. I know my stuff . But doing an online magazine and starting it all on my own takes a lot of new knowledge: How does a blog work, how do all social media channels work you need to build, where can you find technical support, how does SEO work, how does content marketing work, where do you find authors, what legal things do you have to follow and which legal contracts do you have to follow, How do you edit fotos and so on and so on.

What strategy will I have since I have to do it all alone right now and my days only have 24hours. Right now my strategy is to do and learn things that I can, but get people and pay people to teach me other things or coach me, that I am not able to do yet. I also pay people who do things that I am not willing to learn. For example design a professional website for me. There is just things in my opinion I rather pay for than loosing my last nerv and in the end creating a platform that does not meet my requirements or standards in looks and/ or functionality.

What did you learn from your project? Are there any regrets?

I often ask myself when I cannot sleep at night as I am thinking of all the things that have to be done for that project: “why are you doing this to yourself”? “Why did you start all this”?

What I learn is that I have to take things step by step. Allow myself to have a process. I am used to know what I am doing and be very productive. Here I do not know much about so many things. And I can only do it as good as I can as much as I can. Hate that. Cause it gives me the feeling of always not meeting my goal. But big goals are too big to be completed in a day or a week or 6 weeks or 6 months. Big dreams take time. And I have to remind myself of that every day and every sleepless night again and again.

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Is there anything that you need help with to fully conquer your White Spot?

Yes. I need partners. A technical partner and a marketing/ business development partner who comes out of the publishing sector. Urgently on the search for them.

Would you like to share anything else with the other White Spot Pirates here?

Ha! I LOVE to share everything! But I would love to do that in person. In the meantime- I’ll share this little motivational saying by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 1st female President of Liberia, and peace nobel award winner:

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough!

 

Thank you, Anja, for sharing your experiences with us and for inspiring us with your story! And I wish you all the best for your OceanAMP project. Maybe this post will help you to find a suitable business partner, who knows. So if anyone is out there who can help, please contact Anja.

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UNTIE THE LINES II #10 – Cartagena De Indias

This week in UNTIE THE LINES: A city tour through Cartagena (Colombia) on my Brompton folding bike and some boat projects! Matthieu went back home after his two week holidays and I am on my own again, prepairing for my trip to Cuba…

Coming up next week: Why I never made it to Cuba…

Enjoy and thanks for watching!

Ahoy, Nike & KARL

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UNTIE THE LINES II #9 – Tintipan & Rosario

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UNTIE THE LINES II #8 – Off To Donkey Island

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UNTIE THE LINES #7 – The First Bigger Solo Passage

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UNTIE THE LINES II #6 – Pre-Departure Craziness

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