45 years of Nomadic Life

Christophe Berg
Aug 14, 2019 · 9 min read

Getting lost, exploring and learning as I go

Whenever I meet someone for the first time, they ask me this very simple question: Where are you from? I never knew what to answer. Why? Well, it all started with a brief 2-year stay in the French Jura at the Swiss border, where it was supposedly freezing cold. And then…

Childhood African Period

Rwanda / Africa (8 years) in the village Butare, living in altitude in the evergreen land of a thousand hills, close to the forest… A true paradise for the baby-child I was. The beauty of the wildlife in the Akagera park, the lake Kivu, Ruhengeri, the Viruga Volcanoes… Bujumbura, the lake Tanganyika. Running, getting lost in the forest and spending most of my time observing animals. Cycling to school. It was fun to hunt minerals and to learn how to grow your own food. A childhood without TV. Fruit memories: pink guava, avocado and banana.

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Dark-Blue, the French Period

France (2 years) in Angoulême, second cultural shock again feeling « lost in translation » in my own country. Hacking video games, swimming and getting bored at school. Fruit memories: wild blackberry, peach and grape.

Dark-Gray, the Holland Period

Starting in Weesp close to Amsterdam. Learning by experience that I don’t exactly like humid, cold and dark winters. Game development for a living. Cycling to work. Teaching at the Utrecht School of Arts. Back to running, 1/2 marathons and marathons all-over Europe… Master of Science, specialization in Project Management in La Rochelle. It is never too late to do things right. Regular escapes in France to teach in La Rochelle or in Angoulême at the Master of Video Games. Fruit memories: Belle de Boskoop Apple, Gieser Wildeman and Comice Pears.

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the SUN Infused Period

Summertime in Croatia. Easy, Simple Life. Great People. Sea. Forest. Morning Runs. Fruit memories: carob, grape, fig and mulberry.

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Aah Miami

Guest Raw Punk Chef on a cruise in the Caribbean. Started a Juice/Smoothie Bar on board. For my first time in the Keys, who would have guessed that I would fell in love? Well not me. Just as I was ready to give up, I met my soul mate, my partner in crime, my love… my future wife Heather. Now we are two to chase sunrises and sunsets. Fruit memories: lime and Mojito ^^

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La Vida Bonita

Back in Tazacorte, La Palma in the Canary Islands (2 years)… Learning Spanish. Simple, easy life. Finally taking the time to settle in. It became important for my nomadic soul to finally find a place to call home. Sun. Sea. Volcanoes. Island spirit. Morning vertical runs. Café solo. Swim in the sea. Exploring the island. Enjoying each sunset. Fruit memories: banana, avocado, guava, manga, macadamia, grape, fig, almond.

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What Now and Where?

Currently living between Tazacorte, my basecamp on the island of La Palma and the Blue Lotus project in Hua Hin, Thailand. Focusing on what I like, learning through experimenting and coaching. I thrive on simplifying, dealing with the unknown and solving problems. I don’t like complicated things, yet I am fine with complexity in nature and life.

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How I acclimatize?

As a morning person, I tend to start my day as early as the sun rises. I like to move outside. I enjoy the kindness of morning people. I choose to go to the same coffee place or same market spot… I use these small rituals or daily habits to quickly feel at home wherever I am. The sun light is my usual fix for jet-lag. So I try to spend as much time outside as possible, especially upon arrival.

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