If you’re looking for a lighthearted series with focus on travel and healthy, sustainable ways to live, watch Down to Earth on Netflix with actor Zac Efron and his friend Darin Olien, a wellness expert.
Before happening upon the first season of this new series I didn’t know anything about Zac Efron. I still can’t tell you that I recall seeing anything he’s been in but I hear he is somewhat shy, funny, and truly down to earth. These charateristics come through in this very lightly scripted, truly enjoyable, educational and entertaining show. I’ve only seen the first two episodes where they visit Iceland and France but I look forward to watching the entire season and any future seasons.
In the Iceland episode where Zac gets to learn about renewable energy efforts and experience “baking” bread in the ground, I am reminded of a 5 Heart Journey I took with a group to Portugal and the Azores islands. There, on São Miguel, we had a picnic of cozido das Furnas, a delicious meat stew buried underground and cooked using natural heat, just like the fresh bread Zac had in Iceland. I remember on our tour of São Miguel, our guide mentioning the fact that Iceland is the only land north of the Azores, over 3000 km away. So I found these two similar centuries-old practices of cooking in the ground quite interesting to see!
Especially at a time when leisure travel has come to a halt, I truly appreciate these kind of shows. I come away feeling entertained, educated, and satisifed for now until we can travel again!
Here’s an excerpt from Down to Earth to show you what you’re in for: