Here is the complete playlist for Walk of Causes, the web series in 14 episodes where we walked across Lebanon for a new cause every day. Each of the 14 episode comes with an album of photographs and a blog text to go with it. You can find links to all the episodes below this video.
Walking through Lebanon, from village to village in the mountains, took us no more than 18 days, but the experience will stay in our minds for the rest of our lives.
That’s been a frequent question from our viewers throughout the screening of our web series. It’s a simple question that deserves more than a simple answer. Perhaps that is why we made this series in the first place: to show the world how Lebanon has treated us, and to show the world this beautiful country seen from our eyes. So, why Lebanon? The answer is our web series.
When we started this walk, we had some expectations about the nature and the hospitality of the Lebanese people, but in reality we had no idea. We are no athletes, and we definitely have no more experience in walking than the average city dweller. We started off with almost no preparations, no map and no tent, but it didn’t matter. Where there are people in this country, there is a place for a trav... more
For all the orphans.
It was nice being able to wake up in a proper bed for a change, and we felt that the brothers and the sisters had taken good care of us. In this episode of Walk of Causes we enter the majestic Chouf region of the Lebanese mountains. This is the land of the Druze of Lebanon, a mystical religion that believe in reincarnation, among other things.
There are no more than one million Druze in the world today. Two hundred and fifty thousand of these live in the Chouf, so we were really excited to meet these people.
This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to all the orphans in the world, and is supported by Acea.
For the rights of domestic workers
Our struggle to find a safe place to spend the night continues as we cannot sleet at the monastery where we asked for shelter. With no tent, and nothing to protect our camera equipment from rain with, our search continues.
Go to Episode 12 of Walk of Causes But we were lucky and met Mr Charbel that wanted to help us in our search. Earlier that day he had been telling his children how it used to be in the villages, and how they used to welcome travelers into their homes, as you never know when it’s your turn to hit the road. The children were more than mildly surprised to see us, and wanted to offer us beds. But Mr Charbel had other plans for us.
This episode is dedicated to improve the rights for the domestic workers.
For all the homeless people.
As we’ve spent some time walking in this country by now, we realized a sport that seems to be pretty popular throughout the whole country. We never learned the official name for it, but it’s remarkable similar to one of the most famous winter activities in Norway: sledging. So, we’ve named this new kind of sport Summer Sledging. But, it turned out to be more dangerous than it first seemed.
Finding a place to sleep had been quite easy so far on our trip, but now, as we were in the freezing mountains, with the threat of rain from the sky, and rumors of wild animals, we struggled to find a safe place to spend the night.
This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to all the homeless people.
As we’ve walked out of our financial problems, and Jørgen’s feet started to feel better, we met a man that told us what Lebanon used to be like during the war. We also met a woman that explained the concept of “cocktail villages”.
Lebanon is one of the countries in the Middle East that has tasted war the most, and many regional conflicts has found their battleground on Lebanese soil. Therefore, this episode of Walk of Causes is against war.
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Now that we’ve been on the road for quite some time, Jørgen is starting to feel it in his body. His $10 shoes seems to hold, but his feet are falling appart from the inside! And as each step is reminding him of this pain, we run out of money, which is problem that had to be dealt with urgently.
This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to poverty. Fundamentally, poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. Today, more than 1.7 billion people are estimated to live under absolute poverty, which means that they cannot afford basic human needs, such as clean water, proper nutrition, basic health care, clothes and shelter. Every day 17.000 children die fro... more
Against Discrimination – For Human Rights Watch
One of the problmes we faced in the beginning was the language barrier. We don’t speak Arabic, and Norwegian seems to be fairly useless, unless you are in Norway, of course. But now that we’ve been on the road for some time, we’ve started to master the art of body language, and have learnt how to socialize wordless without falling into awkward situations.
This time, we walked over the magnificent mountains in Laqlouq, and ended up in Afqa.
This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to the fight against discrimination. We could not find any sponsors for this episode, but we support Human Rights Watch for the work they do, and would like to encourage everybody to the same.
Against Land Mines – Supported by Ferd
In our attempt of being true adventureres we believe that we cannot rest for too long, so after having spent the night with Nasser the Shepheard and his family we hit the road again.
We have now reached the magestic Qadisha valley, that carves its way through the mountains in the North of Lebanon. We passed popular attractions, such as the Cedars, Ehden and the village of Bcharre. But we had to keep our minds clear and not let ourselves being taken away by this beauty, as we were reaching soil infested with land mines.
There are more than 300.000 land mines left in the lebanese soil since the civil war. In addition to this, Israel dropped more than four million cluster bombs of “leftover” ammunition over Lebanon in 2006, leaving up to 49 pe... more
For all the nomads – supported by Neo Galleri.
When you travel by foot, you sometimes have to trust the people you meet. Lebanon is no exception. This is usually part of the beauty when you travel like this, but sometimes it can go wrong… In the previous episode of Walk of Causes, we almost got our money and credit card stolen. But we were lucky this time. We got our stuff back, and ended our uncomfortable situation with a handshake.
In this episode of Walk of Causes, we get lost in the mountains again, and meet a man that we have no choice but to trust.
Today it’s estimated to be around 30-40 million nomads left in the world. In Lebanon there are between 100-150.000 Bedouins. Most of these live in the Bekaa valley, and... more
For all the worried mothers
From having been lost in the lebanese mountains to have learnt the local body language, we started to feel real comfortable walking across this country. And when you are traveling by foot, you constantly find yourself in the situation where you have to trust strangers. This is usually part of the beauty when you travel like this, but sometimes it can go wrong…
This day, Jørgen’s mother sent a message saying that she was worried about her son, and wanted us to walk for all the mothers that worry about their children around the world. She had no idea that we would run into trouble that very day.
For all the refugees
After having spent a whole day trying to pronounce Arabic, we understood that we probably had to find another way to communicate with the local people. A big smile on your face can usually bring you quite far, (though it didn’t take us to Tacheaa), and body language can be pretty universal. Apparenty, Jørgen believes that he can translate from Arabic to English by reading face expressions! And sometimes that’s all you need to make a new FaceBook friend from the mountains of Lebanon.
Due to the many conflicts around the world, millions of people have had to leave their homes. Many of these have found their way to Lebanon, which is the home to more than half a million refugees.
We could not find any sponsors for this episode, so we could not give Lina any mon... more
For the freedom of press.
Lost in a thick forest in the mountains of Lebanon, we ran out of water. It was getting late, and we didn’t bring any artificial light with us. So, guided by the moonlight, we were looking for a dry place to put our head. We had put in eight hours of walking that day, probably in circles, and we were deadly tired. We could sleep anywhere.
One of the problems we expected to meet on our way was communication with the local people. We don’t speak arabic, and are pretty novice when it comes to body language. Despite that, we had conversations for hours, joked and made friends. We made friends everywhere.
This episode is dedicated to the freedom of press. According to Reporters Without Borders, 66 journalists have been killed in 2011, and 173 are in jail for telli... more
How do you prepare yourself for the longest march of your life?
Matias called Jørgen in the morning for the last checkup, “How did you manage to put all the stuff in your rucksack? There is too much camera gear!” We had to leave the tent behind, and we forgot to bring a map. We weren’t really prepared.
Getting from Beirut to Machta Hammoud, our starting point, was piece of cake. Three bus rides and we were there. The goal was to make it to El Qbaiyat before dark, but the rucksacks that felt so light when we tried them on at home, turned into led when we hit the road. After one hour we had to stop for a beer. That’s when we met Elias. He served us whiskey, and gave us a warm bed to sleep in. The next morning, with no proper map, no GPS and no compass, we embarked on a quest... more