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Weekend Jam and Riding Horses Through the City

I love when you stumble upon amazing things while doing something ordinary like watching a music video. The first time this happened to me, a country music video led me to discover an 80 room tree house in Tennessee! This time, while looking for this week’s weekend jam, I not only found a great song, but discovered one of the most unique things I’ve come across: The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club. This  equestrian club in Philadelphia aims to prevent crime through the alternative activity of riding and taking care of horses. It’s amazing to see these children and adults riding through the middle of the city, and to see such a unique way to help them choose a better lifestyle.

Enjoy this song by UK artists Rudimental ft. John Newman and the amazing story behind the video.

 

 

Photo credit Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, from

 

 

”The past is a foreign country.This is your passport” -Retronaut

The founder of Surfing the Nations, Tom Bauer, loves to collect old surf photographs. There is a great sense of mystery in old photographs that draws in its observers; it beckons us to hear the secrets it may have to tell, to be part of a memory that no one is around to remember anymore. You don’t have to be an antique collector or avid garage saler to enjoy this stuff when a fascinating, addicting website like Retronaut is around. Retronaut is full of literally centuries of images from the the 1800s to the 2000s. It is packed with variety from moving photos, humorous old advertisements to pop culture and much more.In this day and age, where we are always looking for the newest thing, why not give the past a chance to let its richness inspire and enlighten you.

With our annual trip to the Middle East coming up in November, we are particularly stoked on these photos from Egypt in the 1920s.

Enjoy your trip through the past!

 

Photo: Opening the Mona Lisa at the end of WWII, 1945 from retronaut.co

 

 

Bangladesh Team Update!

As promised, the Bangladesh team update! Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be there through the eyes of team member Kirsten Jackson, as she shares her perspective on the country, the people, the experience.

 

After 3 days of flying and a 14 hour bus ride, we finally made it to beautiful Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

We’ve got an awesome team out here! So much has happened in such a short time. Our days are filled with early morning dawn patrols, promptly followed by breakfast at the local hotspot “Poushee” (Our absolute favorite)!  Next, we cruise around Bahatchurat, the town the surf club boys live in. There’s so much to see and experience during the ten minute walk down the main drive : constant honking from the rickshaws and tomtoms, people everywhere, kids on their way to school, market craziness, cows walking in the middle of the road, selling, buying, bartering. You’re hot and sweaty (and, mind you, it’s only 9am). Finally, half way through the town we meet all the families we’ve come to love. This is what life’s about. We are so blessed to be a part of this community and to live life with these beautiful people.

In Bangladesh, life and relationships grow over meals. On average we get fed about 6 meals a day!

The rest of our days are filled with cruising with the surf club guys, visiting with their families, taking the kids surfing, meeting new people, sharing life, market shenanigans, dancing and singing.

Coming up soon we’ve got a pool tournament, birthday parties and of course, STN’s annual Bangladesh Freedom Surf Contest  on Friday, September 28! We’re amping and ready to share the stoke of surfing!

 

Keep checking back for more updates from our Bangladesh team!