An eco warrior interview by Marlot Cathalina.

A few weeks ago I had the honour of being interviewed for a new Dutch blog about eco warriors, adventurers and free spirits.

Seven years ago I met Marlot, founder of the blog, in Casita Verde, an ecological community, on Ibiza. Dorus and I were living here for two months and Marlot used to live in Casita Verde as well, before our time in 2014. I still remember how she embraced me full of enthusiasm, the first time we met; quite unusual in our own, down-to-earth, country. Both Dutch we had things in common. 

Marlot lived on a classic sailboat for six years together with her partner Hugo, el capitán, from Argentina. With Once Upon A Boat they organised sailing tours around Ibiza and her dreamy little sister, Formentera. Once we booked a sail-trip with them and took our friends and family on their classic boat to the crystal clear, blue waters of Formentera. And one summer-day we were so lucky to be invited on their sailboat for a video-shoot (we were in it, see below:)

When I speak of minimalists, Marlot and Hugo are the first people I think of, they truly lived the minimalist and wild way with a minimum amount of stuff and “having showers” in the sea to save up water on the boat.

When I told her the end of 2019 that we were planning to move to Mallorca, she and Hugo were thinking to change course, sell the boat, and Mallorca was on their mind for their next adventure as well.

They bought a sweet home on rural Mallorca with gardens and chickens, one village in between. Such a miracle! They exchanged boat-life for a rural life. Water for earth. Together they took the leap of faith. Again. 

Marlot just started a blog

Here you can follow her adventures and contemplations, read about eco-warriors and free spirits. 

Thank you for the interview Marlot! It was fun and it made me think again about the choices in life.

Read it here. 💚

Con Amor,


Image: Formentera by David Svihovek.

Raif Badawi and the Happy Shares on Social Media

Did you ever notice that when you post something on social media that isn’t a holiday picture, a gorgeous sunset, a selfie, your baby or cat, your fitness workout/yoga or you in a cool restaurant/club, your active friends/followers become all of a sudden quiet?

You hardly get any “likes” or comments?

It’s oh so quiet..shh shhh?

Happy stuff

Since I use social media platforms as Facebook and Instagram for several years now this is quite familiar to me.

Yesterday for example I reposted a video about the writer Raif Badawi who’s already 6 years in prison in Saudi Arabia, because he expressed his thoughts about the regime and Islam in Saudi Arabia. It almost cost him his life. Interesting to see that when I post a picture of a beautiful sunny Sunday on Ibiza quite some of my Instagram followers seem to like it whereas the video and words about Raif Badawi hardly has any views. And really this isn’t the first time and I always wonder why.

Do people only want to see happy stuff on social media? Or is it because they don’t know what to do about the injustice, it’s hopeless what they see, and therefore they decide not to pay further attention? Is it because it’s too far from their existence? Or is it because they just don’t care?

I always wonder why. Social media, it’s a fascinating subject. Earlier I wrote a piece about it on this blog. I was fed up with the fakeness on social media. I was disappointed about the way many of us are using social media. The emptiness I saw — and still see. Then quit if you don’t like it, stop whining about it (I hear you)!

Of course, I know I can, but I decided to stay as I — between the hollow words and images — still find inspiration on social media and it can be fun to have some glimpses into the lives of family and friends abroad.

I’m not the type of person who only shares how beautiful Ibiza is or post pictures of places where I’m having my dinner or glass of wine (in my warm home ;). At times I post about issues that are happening in the world and which mean something to me and that isn’t happy stuff: violations of human rights, injustice, people suffering from war, the brutal way animals are treated by humans, the plastic in the oceans. You see, the sad stuff.

Love-hate relationship

I accepted I just have a love-hate relationship with social media and I will stop complaining about it once and for all. Maybe also start accepting the possibility that quite some of us don’t want to see sadness and injustice on their social media pages, or at least don’t feel the need to comment on it, but rather see the sunny side of life in their social news feed.

Everyone should post on social media whatever they find worth sharing. It’s your place so you can do whatever you want. We are still the lucky ones who are free to express ourselves (in whatever way that is).

Raif Badawi wasn’t.


Con Amor,



P.S. Any thoughts? Be welcome to share them with me.



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