Heads in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground

November 27, 2011

Words by // Photography by Nita Breibish

The year is coming to a close and the next is bringing massive and exciting changes along with it. Nita and I have always been fans of change – we somehow seem built for it. We enjoy seeing our life in seasons where each part is clearly defined by people, places and passages. The beauty of a life shaped by these three pillars is that it’s entirely portable.

The people who are important to us here, will still be important to us there. When we’re somewhere different, new faces will appear and help to expand our understanding of who we are and how we evolve as human beings. Those new acquaintances will move forward with us, join our friends, and challenge us to grow.

In some ways, the same can be said of places. The passing scenery may remind us of landscapes we know, perhaps in the way the light blankets the land, the shape of the rocks or the color of the fields. And while the landscapes can allude to places that are familiar to us, at a deeper level they’re different. When we understand the people that live there, the impact it has on the surrounding cultures, and it’s relevance to their beliefs, we begin to see that the familiar is somehow alien.

Finally, the way we move through the world has to be considered – we’re guests in other peoples homes. We know that we represent an imprint of our own community, and sometimes a singular conclusion about an entire people can be based can on a brief meeting. It’s important for us to remain aware that the impression we leave can have reverberating effects for those who follow.

So, grounded by our pillars yet filled with excitement and anticipation, we continue to plan and move into this amazing world.


I’m a Canadian writer, adventure motorcyclist and world traveller of British and Libyan descent. I’ve spent the past two and a half years travelling the globe by motorcycle as one-half of We Love Motogeo, following a route that makes little sense to anyone else, while supporting our non-profit organization, the Lost for Good Project. I’ve been chased by all manner of animal, detained as a spy in North Africa and waited out a hurricane in the bowels of a ferry. While I’m no spy (honestly), I am a lover of decent coffee and great yarns sewn around a campfire.


  1. Comment by Maaike

    Maaike December 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I am so excited for you both. I wonder, will you create a documentary in book form when this particular journey is complete?

    • Comment by Issa

      Issa December 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Hey Maaike! Indeed, there are plans in the works for a book once the trip is over. Of course we’ll also be updating the site as often as possible and will be starting video entries for the next trip. Then you can see exactly how exhausted we are :)

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