One of those experiences we never expected to have in a million years. It was super fun though to spend a full day of adventure with a professional tv crew onboard our boat and home. Most importantly for us, we also got the chance to highlight the issue of marine plastic, which a little cameo by the local dolphins hopefully made a much more impactful impression for the viewers at home.
The German public channel WDR hosts the daily show “Aktuelle Stunde” which has featured the Bus Tour successfully for the last few decades. This short travel diary involves an awesome VW bus which travels around in search of great stories. Christian, driver, host and producer does his magic and makes every episode a great show. Although it’s mainly in German, make sure to watch it anyway using this link WDR Bus Tour – “Living on a sailboat in Milina” – it’s only 6 min. It’s funny and has some super nice footage of our temporary home in Greece.
We’re not quite sure how exactly we got the invite to appear on the program. About 6 months ago we were contacted by Nina, one of the programmes’ researcher, who asked us if we might be interested in appearing in the show. Each summer the Bus Tour travels to a country in Europe and shoots 15 short films on interesting/weird/out-of-the-ordinary Germans living in that country. Somehow Nina had stumbled upon Leo and had subsequently found our website, Instagram etc., and thought we’d make an entertaining film. It was a bit nerve-racking to say yes. A) unlike our YouTube, we wouldn’t have any creative control over the final output, and B) also unlike our YouTube, this programme actually has an audience – about 1.000.000! But there were some comfort in it airing in a part of Germany, where we don’t know that many people except Leo’s family. If it went badly, we could keep it a secret from most people we know.
But luckily it was a positive experience. Well except for the fact that our precious little Kai is portrayed as an angry terrier. Let us quickly set the record straight on that! Firstly, he only barked ’cause he got super spooked by the camera and sound equipment (you’ll note he happily greets the hosts with his tail wagging). Secondly and most important, he is not a terrier! He is a Danish-Swedish farm dog 😉
All kidding aside, we’re really grateful to be featured in the programme, and again, for the fact that we got to it in line with our ethos by highlighting the issue of plastic pollution.
Thanks to Nina, the dolphins and the entire Bus Tour crew who was super professional, but also such fun to hang around with!
We wouldn’t mind doing that again 😎