Coming off the experience of putting a real website together for our blog, most attention and certainly all the credit should go to Diana Vermeij and Steven Zwerink, our newfound Dutch friends here in the campground in San Cristobal. They did all the real work–the coding and programming necessary–totaling days and days of clicking keyboards, and we but polished with pictures and wrote the text. There is simply no way that our blog would have its own web domain and the completeness and panache it has now without the hours and hours they devoted to all the backend work necessary for its creation.
As individuals and as a couple they represent the very best of their generation. Several years ago they quit their regular jobs, sold off all their possessions, and made there way here to Mexico to find their VW bus and to start to the south, but with a profoundly different focus than that usually expected. They live and work in their bus, and their lives are not directed toward riches in the monetary sense, but toward a richness of life that involves daily and serious triathlon training by both, and giving much of their time and their energy over to helping others. This includes such things as raising the money and donating three computers and a router to an orphanage in Chiapas full of children otherwise cut off from the world. Or Steven leading the StartupBus Project here in Mexico, where a group of young Mexican high tech entrepreneurs spend three days developing a computer application as they travel by bus from Mexico City to Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest Tech Expo, and then meet with potential investors in the project they have developed on the way. Or an application Diana is developing which would provide hospitals and more importantly long term care patients and their families with a way of following, indeed understanding, these complex treatments.
They have a blog as well, of course, and we would encourage you to visit it and enjoy all the participation in their lives that it permits. We certainly will as our paths diverge but are sure to join up repeatedly again down the road.