To Prove Humans Could Be Happier With Simpler Lives, She Came Up With An Elaborate Experiment

Carolyn Silveira

Hannah Engelkamp took a hike with a purpose: "My main ethical drive is really about looking hard at what we think we need, or deserve, or 'should' have. We obviously have to change the way resources are used and viewed, but I am convinced that human life should be all the richer for re-establishing that respect."

Hear more of her words while checking out this recap of her journey.

You're dying to know more about the donkey, right? Hannah told me that "people were really excited to see a strong, healthy, working animal — it's so rare now. We walked through old fishing villages that had still been using donkeys to collect cockles up to only 30 years ago, and it was quite emotional for the people living there. Many of the paths we walked were old roads that would have had donkeys walking and working along them for 2,000 years."


Hannah's video is just one part of her project, which you can learn all about on her blog. Hannah set out to have an adventure on a shoestring budget. If you dig it and want to support her effort to complete a documentary and book about the trip, check out her Kickstarter campaign and Like the Seaside Donkey on Facebook. Oh, and do click that video link to see the full text of the poem she's reading!


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