Inspiring Travel Stories
Inspiring travel stories from all around the world. Here we share some of the most adventurous, brave and kind-hearted adventurous you will ever meet!
Teco, everybody in Buzios knows him. He started as a wood artist. Selling his art on the beach, filling his spare time with making sandcastles. The enchanting effect it had on children, motivated Teco to completely focus on his fairy tale constructions. The lessons he learned from his sandcastles, are some to remember!
`Gosh how amazing!` I tell myself when I take a bite of my chocolat icecream. `This is heaven!` Grant and I are walking through the busy streets of Buzios towards the more `tranquilo` dock `Wow look at that!`, Grant says and point out a gigantic sandcastle. The sandcastle is at least two meters high and the details are phenomenal. In front of the castle sits a man. His blond dreadlocks fancied up with beautiful braids and jewelry make him just as much of an eye catcher as his own castle. He gives everybody that puts a couple of reales in the wooden box a big and calming smile, revealing some missing teeth in his mouth.
Grant and I sit down on the dock so we can enjoy both our ice-cream and have full sight on this special king and his beautiful castle. Whilst taking my last bite of my chocolate ice-cream, I look around for tools. But all I can find is a bucket (which he sometimes fills with sand and water), a knife, a spoon and a little shovel. Most of the constructional work he does with his bare hands. He grabs some self-made mud from the bucket and starts dripping it on the towers. As a true magician he creates perfect rooftops. Sometimes he steps back from his work, walks around it and sees where he can make things a little better. Softly bending his head to the left and to the right to see thing from another perspective. Sometimes he just steps back to simply enjoy the little paradise that he created.
`Desculpe amigo…` I ak him, when he comes to sit down next to me on the dock. `How long did it take you to build this castle?’ The man smiles at me. ‘This one I started to build yesterday. I think it has cost me around 6 to 7 hours… I`m sorry, I never know how many hours I`m working exactly, but it must have been around that time. ` Another tourist overheard our conversation and gives the man a friendly tap on the shoulder. `Very impressive amigo, very impressive! Good luck, I wish you all the best in life! ` The tourist walks away and the king waves him goodbye. `You really created something beautiful.` I tell the king. `Thank you amiga.`, the king replies.
We started talking and one of my main questions was if it didn`t frustrated him to constantly work on something that is so fragile and easy to break. `Listen amiga. A lot of people hold on to things in life, because they`re too afraid that it will break. But sometimes things have to break down, because when you rebuild it, you can make it better. My castles constantly break down, sometimes because it is too dry or the rains are too heavy. Sometimes drunk people kick it into pieces after a long night. It never makes me sad, because it gives me the opportunity to build something new.`
That message just stroke my heart as lightning. I hope that Teco and his sandcastle will inspire many more people.
About Teco Fieza:
Before Teco decided 5 years ago to fully devote his life to his family and building sand castles, he used to work as a wood artist. Selling his own handcrafts on the beach. On quite days he started building sandcastles. Sometimes he tried to build something else, but soon he discovered the enchanting effect the sandcastles have on people.
The only thing he sometimes misses in life is living on his boat. Teco and his wife used to live on a small wooden boat of about 8 meters in length, just in front of the harbour of Buzios. The boat was given to him by a man who offered his boat to Teco when he saw that Teco and his wife were living on the beach. From that moment on they had a simple and free life. `The freedom of living on a boat goes above and beyond. I used to wake-up, catch and prepare my own fish.` When Teco`s wife got pregnant, they decided to move to shore to create more comfort to the life of their children. Now he lives with his wife and two daughters Sofia and Victoria in Cabo Frio, around 30 minutes north from Buzios. Teco still has the boat. It lies in the harbor where he builds his sandcastle so he can see it every day. Teco hopes to get permission to put the boat on the dock, so he can turn it into a gallery for other artists. `There`s so many talented people around here. I would like to give them a stage.`
Want to see more of Teco`s work? Check out his Facebook page.
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