Horses & Cars  - how it all started

A few years back, I decided to leave my home country and start a new life somewhere else, but I didn’t know where. So I decided to do an experiment based on this quote I had found: “Every journey has a secret destination that the traveler doesn’t know about”. And so the plan was to not have a plan, and to just set out on a road trip following my heartbeat, and just see where I´d end up. And I also decided to video record everything.

 

First I sold pancakes in the street for about a year to save up for my van (the dragon wagon), and then I drove off into the world. I made my way through Denmark, Holland, Scotland, and England, selling pancakes and singing in the street. And then, for some reason, I got this really strong feeling that I should get on the boat to Ireland...

And on my first day there, I was driving around looking for a place to park, and this man came up to me and asked if I was lost. I said no not really, I just need a place to park. And then he pointed to this laneway, (off Thomas Street in Dublin 8) and said I could park there for free. But it was kind of narrow, and my van got stuck, and I ended up reversing my van into the wall…

 

And I crashed my backlight, and I was swearing to myself, when suddenly, I saw this horse coming out of the wall, and I couldn’t believe it (!?) – and I was filled with this feeling of freedom and love, and I ran over to the horse, and suddenly I was surrounded by these 15 year old boys. And there was one older guy who asked if I wanted to come for a spin, and he took me all around Dublin with a horse and two-wheeler. And when we came back, he showed me the stables, and there were actually 5 horse yards and about 20 horses, hidden behind the walls, right in the middle of town! And from that day on I was hooked. I kept going back to “the Lane” (the horse yard) almost every day, and I played my music for them, and they let me get up on the horses. And the whole time I was video recording as much as I could, because I felt I just had to show this Laneway with the horses and the boys to the whole world…

 

 

And after about a month of hanging out in the Lane I decided to get a flat and stay in Dublin. And a few months later, I got my own horse, Danu, and now I was jockeying round the streets every day – and I felt happy, like I’d found my secret destination…

© The Musical Slave 2015 

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