Soon our two-week break in Oz will be over. It’s been wonderful to catch up with family and friends, sorry for those we missed. Next year for sure.
Not having wi-if at home made it difficult at first, but who cares when you are surrounded by water dragons and cockatoos! Our two weeks in a nutshell: family roast dinners up at Lake Macquarie, last winter leaves, pub food, flat whites, laying on the grass of an inner west park, sharing a beer with friends, wedding sparks, learning how to avoid upset magpies, cats and dogs, meeting John and Bodhi, laughing non stop, Brad devouring red meat, my Kathy and Kim moment with my mum in law, yummy BBQs and goodbye tears.
Can we extend our trip????
My first few months in Australia were a cultural immersion all the way, thanks partly to Geoff and Nancy, Brad’s grandparents. I used to spend afternoons drinking instant coffee while listening to grandpa’s stories about the World War II, or having cake with nana and chatting away about her beloved husband and other family secrets I cannot reveal.
I was moved by grandpa and nana’s adventures, but also frightened by the fear that if I didn’t record them somehow they will be forgotten. When they died over the last four years most of their belongings, like love letters and photos, were shared out amongst their children and grandchildren, leaving the sour feeling that some lines of the plot were gone forever. I had the same sensation this weekend, when my dad was scanning an old half broken document of a vacant lot in his village in Spain signed by all his aunts and uncles in the sixties whilst relating unknown stories of his childhood. I want to keep all these memorabilia together!
That’s were my friend Esther Lozano comes into play. Esther is a multitalented photographer, journalist and video producer based in Sydney, who recently envisioned her new business idea, Canopy Projects. Canopy Projects helps families to preserve their heritage so that they can share them with their loved ones and leave an invaluable legacy for generations to come.
Esther and her team produce films, books and websites with all our ancestors’ stories and records. They even interview a special member of the family, and keep first hand these stories of our ancestries that will strengthen connections across generations and countries.
If you are interested, check Canopy Projects’ promotional video.
I think Canopy Projects is very unique, specially for Australian families with such a multicultural background. Brad and I would love to be parents one day and show our children from the very beginning where do they come from and who their ancestors are.I am pretty sure we will contact Esther soon.
I have no words to describe this kaleidoscopic graffiti artist from Sydney, Beastman. If you walk around the suburb of Newton, watch out! A new symmetrical world of colorful creatures is awaiting behind every corner. I have to confess that i once took one of his little stickers attached to a street lamp in Redfern and stuck it on our bathroom wall, I loved to look at it while brushing my teeth.