After building my bed, I knew I had no time for adding a roof to the shelter that day so I decided to make a roof out of my waterproof poncho, which was enough for that night (no rain expected that day). I also added a mattress made of my bivvy bag filled with dry leaves to my bed (it is very comfortable and it will keep you warm). In a real survival situation, a mattress and a blanket made of light strong material (for example – parachute cloth) filled with dry leaves could save your life. Two friends and wonderful people gave me this tip – they slept outdoors in the worst conditions you and I could imagine and know what they are talking about. Big thank you for all their help (I know they are reading this)!
It was now time to relax, have a cup of tea, and prepare dinner. I used my stainless steel bottle to prepare my mint tea (no need to carry a teapot this way). I made falafel for dinner – all you need for cooking this simple recipe is some chickpea flour, chopped green onions and dill, 1-2 crushed garlic cloves, and seasonings to your liking – you can buy some falafel flour and use only that if you want to make things easier. Pan-fry the falafel using some olive oil. I also added some tomato cherries and olives to my plate.
The fire in the woodstove, the light of the candles, and my lantern created a warm pleasant atmosphere I enjoyed. Most of the birds stop singing during the nigh. The crickets and the rustling leaves take their place and caress your soul with their lulling songs. There are moments when you will feel afraid, maybe have nightmares, and wake up when you hear some strange sounds during the night ( I certainly had many such nights when I was either cold or frightened because of the sounds I heard, I sometimes dreamed a bear would come to my camp and hurt me). But there are also peaceful nights like the one I had on this trip when you feel safe and fall into a deep sleep after the day’s toil. I always imagine I fall asleep in God’s hands or caressed by angels’ wings and this makes me feel protected and warm, and I think it’s not only my imagination – one way or another we are always taken care of and protected, this I know for sure and has been proven to me again and again. I’ll add a poem by Mihai Eminescu that describes the atmosphere of such a harmonious night – it is a poem known by all Romanian children and studied in their first years of school – so simple, yet very peaceful and beautiful.
by Mihai Eminescu
Drowsy birds at even gliding,
Round about their nests alight,
In among the branches hiding…
Dear, good night!
Silence through the forest creeping,
Lullaby the river sighs;
In the garden flowers sleeping…
Shut your eyes!
Glides the swan among the rushes
To its rest where moonlight gleams,
And the angels’ whisper hushes…
O’er the sky stars without number,
On the earth a silver light;
All is harmony and slumber…
Dear, good night!
In part 3 of my video, I built a roof for my shelter using natural materials that protected me from the rain, had dinner and left for home after the rain stopped, had a wonderful walk under the moonlight that evening. I will offer you more details in the next video description.
If you haven’t seen part 1 of this series you can access this link: https://youtu.be/nhUS5DUb3SU
For the video trailer please click here: https://youtu.be/nXrY64g-LZk
As you might have observed I haven’t managed to answer too many of your comments this week. Please forgive me. I went to a very special place and filmed there and I also helped a friend who lost a member of her family this week – this took lots of my free time. I just want to let you know that I am reading all of your comments and I will answer you as soon as I can. Thank you all for your patience and support!
I hope this video offered you some beautiful and peaceful moments, helped you forget all your worries, and encouraged you to dream and hope for a better life. If you did enjoy it, please leave a comment below. I would love to read it. Thanks for watching!
Filmmaking gear: Nikon D750, CamRanger, Sennheiser MKE 440