Portal — The Guy With The Hand Pan

So I met this guy which intro­duced him­self to me by the name Por­tal. He asked me where I am from and was very sur­prised to hear “Roma­nia — Sibiu”.

Ah, Roma­nia, I spent there three months before com­ing to Tener­ife …Do you know Sibiu?”, he asked.

Yes, sure. It’s the city I was born in.” I replied.

By this point I was very sur­prised to hear that and amazed by the fact how small this world is.

Maybe you know Diana? The girl with blonde hair and short bangs? …”

Oh, whaaat you know her too? She is a very good friend of mine from Sibiu, of course I know her.”, I said very very sur­prised.

So we found out that we have some more com­mon friends from Sibiu — crazy Tran­syl­va­nia con­nec­tion here in Cale­ta.

… Cou­ple of days lat­er, when I vis­it­ed his place to take the shots for the project, while he was cook­ing pas­ta, I had a flash­back and remem­bered that I saw him already before … last sum­mer in Sibiu play­ing his Hang Drum in the cen­ter of the small city. I actu­al­ly won­dered that some­body is play­ing that instru­ment there, because it is not that pop­u­lar there and when I looked at the guy I saw he’s not a local … I want­ed to start a con­ver­sa­tion with him but in the same time oth­er peo­ple stopped to ask him about this strange instru­ment he is play­ing, so I walked fur­ther and I nev­er thought about that inci­dent again. And now almost one year lat­er we met in Tener­ife, fun­ny isn’t it?

Any­way, I told him about my project and asked him if he want’s to be part of it.

I’m tak­ing some pic­tures of you and your place and it would be great if you could answer some of my ques­tions …”, I said to him.

After hav­ing a nice jam­ming ses­sion with Hang Drum and Didgeri­doo half of the day, he cooked some deli­cious pas­ta and we talked about music, the rea­son he is here, what he is doing and so on …

By the way his place is won­der­ful! It’s well hid­den in the canyon, big and so qui­et that you can hear your heart­beat … well, when the sounds of the Hang Drum are not vibrat­ing through the canyon … or the crazy sounds of the birds fly­ing over the hills after sun­set.

Why La Cale­ta?

I came acci­den­tal­ly here … I want­ed to join the scout­ing in El Hier­ro for Rain­bow gath­er­ing. But I real­ly liked La Cale­ta, I quit the team, found a won­der­ful cave, decid­ed to stay for while …

How does a typ­i­cal day look like in Cale­ta for you? 

Wak­ing up, doing med­i­ta­tion and yoga, read­ing a book, trans­lat­ing some texts, play­ing music, cook­ing food and get­ting vis­it­ed by friends.

What’s the pur­pose?

To be.

Why did you choose that place?

I want­ed a qui­et, pro­tect­ed place and I found it.

What do you like about trav­el­ing?

I like to have dif­fer­ent kind of expe­ri­ences and learn from them. Excite­ment of new expe­ri­ences. But recent­ly not much fun to trav­el like before. I trav­eled enough. Now I’m enjoy­ing more to stay in one spot and focus on my inter­ests.

How do you earn your mon­ey to afford trav­el­ing?

I play music in the streets.

I sale patch­es online, my friend is tak­ing care and sends me the income month­ly.

Click here for his Face­book Artist pro­file.

Places you’ve been …

All con­ti­nent except Antarc­tic.

The cra­zi­est sto­ry he expe­ri­enced while trav­el­ing: 

I was trav­el­ing Mex­i­co by bicy­cle. Already over­stayed many months. Because I  cared a lot about the flow of bicy­cle trav­el. Trav­el­ing by bicy­cle usu­al­ly goes very slow, spe­cial­ly in a big coun­try like Mex­i­co.

After some time, my friend invit­ed me to hitch­hike togeth­er to go to Cos­ta Rica to build a new rain­bow com­mu­ni­ty.

We were very much into the idea of rev­o­lu­tion by cre­at­ing a com­mu­ni­ty, based on the ideas of rain­bow gath­er­ing. We believe we are the change.

I was won­der­ing how to cross the bor­der … I had to pay $800 USD fine for over­stay­ing. I didn’t have that much mon­ey at that time.

I was con­sid­er­ing all options, then I decid­ed to make a fake exit stamp in my pass­port to exit Mex­i­co, with­out hav­ing to pay the fine. I bought ink, rub­ber and a knife to curve. I checked the design of the stamp and pho­to­copied it.

We con­tin­ued hitch­hik­ing with our bicy­cles to the South. Sleep­ing in bush­es, at somebody’s home and also in the jun­gle.

I was plan­ning to make the stamp on the day I was going to cross the bor­der of Mex­i­co to Guatemala.

But that day when I woke up, sud­den­ly I felt I’m not gonna make it … I decid­ed to go to the bor­der, with­out doing any­thing.

If I  was meant to be in Cos­ta Rica to help build­ing rain­bow com­mu­ni­ty, it would hap­pen. If some­thing wrong hap­pens and I can’t go to Cos­ta Rica, then it’s just meant to be like this and I have to let it go.

Just trust the nav­i­ga­tion of the great spir­its!

After this deci­sion, we start­ed hitch­hik­ing on the road again. We were wait­ing by the road for about 30 min, then a car stopped and took us straight to the immi­gra­tion office at the Mex­i­can bor­der.

Dri­ver was a very nice guy, about the age of about 30 to 35. Active, friend­ly guy. After a  while, we real­ized that he is the son of the boss of the immi­gra­tion office!

We told him about our sit­u­a­tion and asked him what to do. He was just say­ing, “no wor­ry, I can do some­thing.”

When we arrived to the office, he took me inside the immi­gra­tion office by the back door. Direct­ly to the per­son who makes the stamp on the pass­port.

He intro­duced me to that woman. He told her my sto­ry and why I over­stayed. The sto­ry he told her was not con­nect­ed to me at all … But it worked.

He said to her that I was deeply in love with a Mex­i­can girl. That we want­ed to mar­ry, and that I stayed with her long time. Then sud­den­ly she left me. She kicked me out from the house with only my bicy­cle and with no mon­ey…

This sto­ry worked well! She let me go through, with pay­ing lit­tle mon­ey. It was even cheap­er than nor­mal pay tax.

That crazy sto­ry con­tin­ued for many more months, but this is one of high­lights of the sto­ry 🙂

What do you like most about liv­ing in La Cale­ta?

Easy nature to live long time. Almost no mos­qui­tos, always sun­ny, all year long good tem­per­a­ture, dry and clean, with­out hav­ing to take care of your things. Many inter­est­ing peo­ple pass­ing by, nud­ist beach, jam ses­sion. No one kicked me out so far.


What do you think this peo­ple have in com­mon here?

Peo­ple who enjoy nature and don’t want to feel too much stress from the envi­ron­ment. Peo­ple who are not hur­ry­ing to do things. Peo­ple who love sun­ny and dry cli­mate. Peo­ple who want to enjoy time with­out spend­ing mon­ey.

His gar­den where he grows tomatos.

Por­tal is very well orga­nized and clean. His place is always on point and it’s a plea­sure to spend time there. I can under­stand why he said that there are some days where he wouldn’t move from his mat­tress!

Check out the video pre­sent­ing his amaz­ing place in the bar­ran­co.


2 Replies to “Portal — The Guy With The Hand Pan”

  1. Nice sto­ry! I met Por­tal in Guatemala and lat­er in the Crys­tal Land in Cos­ta Rica. He is a real­ly nice soul 🙂 This place also looks amaz­ing, I would love to vis­it one day. Seems a bit like Mata­la in Crete, where we had a won­der­ful cave-com­mu­ni­ty a few years ago 🙂

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