Although I come from a mountain region, when I was a child we used to go every year to the Polish Baltic seaside for holidays.
I remember rushing through the dunes in excitement in order to get to the beach as quickly as possible and finally see and smell the sea.
And I still can feel this thrill, whenever I visit the Big Blue.
I also had a chance to live a couple of years on the Spanish Atlantic coast, where I learned bodyboarding. When you are out there waiting for the perfect wave to surf, nothing else bothers your mind, you are free and focused. Afterwards, you crawl out of the ocean, exhausted but happy.
Now I live in Belgium, close to the North Sea. With background in Economics of Natural Resources and Fisheries Management, as well as European Political Affairs, I work on policy and advocacy in the informal capital of the EU. Being part of Oceana team means to me to pay my debt of gratitude to the sea.
“On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.
But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.”
-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams