To Bert or not to Bert. That is the question. Or, rather, the answer: Tobert Pattinson is doing now what he has always done. He is traveling the world, meeting people, and learning. At the age of 43, he is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
As a child, Bert traveled with his family for many years, going backpacking through Europe and to other exotic places. While he enjoyed all of that traveling, he has since settled down in Paris, where he currently lives with his wife, Marie-Antoine, and their two daughters, Grace and Leonie. Bert, a self-proclaimed “international man of mystery,” has been a regular visitor to many destinations, including London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He has also worked as a private detective in Paris, and has helped out with criminal cases as a civilian consultant in the city’s police department. In 2019, he even solved a cold case that had remained unsolved for more than 70 years.
There is a saying that “life is what you make of it”, and for Bert, that certainly holds true. He never stops exploring new possibilities, new experiences, and new places. In fact, he is currently working on a travel guide for retirement millionaires who want to visit and be treated like a king or queen while traveling the world. He has also written a book about his adventures and travels, titled My Name is Tobert. It details his escapades as a private detective, his travels with his family, and his insights on life and survival. In the book, Bert explains that he is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, and that he is open to new ideas and opportunities.
Bert has always been a bit of a freeloader. Since he was a kid, he would often get himself invited to birthday parties and other social events, where he would help himself to an abundance of food and drink. As an adult, this habit has continued. While on assignment in London, he got into the habit of inviting himself to lunch with his reporting team, and would help himself to as many pastries and cakes as he could stuff in his face. He has also been known to camp out in restaurants and coffee shops, waiting for the tables to clear so that he could sit and eat in peace without being disturbed by other customers.
Bert’s Travels And Escapades
Bert has been on a trip to Antarctica six times, and had previously been to North and South America, Oceania, and Europe. In 2019, he was invited to go to the Middle East as an independent scholar and speaker, and to North Africa as part of a cultural tour. He visited all seven continents (excluding Antarctica) and has traveled to more than 150 countries. Along with being a world-class explorer, Bert is also a talented photographer and filmmaker. He has produced and directed award-winning documentaries, and shot photos for clients around the world. He has his own production company, High Adventure Films, which he started along with his friend, producer Jimmy Choo. The company’s first film, Lost in Paradise, was named Best True Story Short at the 2019 Audiovisual Young Entrepreneurs Awards.
Bert has also been to the Amazon almost 10 times, going on expeditions in search of unknown plants and animals. He has been filmed climbing up trees to look for fruit, sleeping in tents with his crew, and swimming through crystalline waters full of colorful fish and coral. He was one of the first people to climb Mt. Rinjokai in the Andaman Islands, a feat which took him 30 years to complete. He has also explored the jungles of Bali and Myanmar (Burma) along with famous ethnobotanist Jean-Pierre Moullien, and has filmed the entire expedition and produced a TV show about it, named Expedition Botanical. In the jungles of Bali and Myanmar, he collected more than 25,000 plants, of which 1,700 are new to science. In total, he has collected more than 100,000 plants and animals during his expeditions. He has also been known to take a liking to a particular plant or animal and will continue traveling with it, even when it becomes clear that he is not capable of domestication. His travels have been chronicled in two books, Mountain of Madness and Great Monkey Island.
While in London, Bert helped to run an after-school program for kids, and has started a foundation which funds college scholarships for students from underprivileged backgrounds. He also gives lectures to the general public about his adventures and travels, and about the environment. In one such lecture, he shared how he and his wife have decided to have fewer children, citing global overpopulation as a major factor. While in London, Bert received an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster, and addressed the graduates, saying “I know what you are thinking, and your concerns are valid. But please don’t lose hope. We are educating our daughters about this issue, and they are passionate and determined to make a difference.” He travels with his family, including his youngest daughter, Leonie, who is also an explorer, on a mission to save the world. After his lecture at the University of Westminster in London, a student approached him, asking for his help in creating an action plan to fight climate change. He agreed, and mentioned that he had just the person he needed to share it with. After the student left, Bert turned to Marie-Antoine and said, “You know, it would be nice to have an ally in all of this. Perhaps one day, we’ll be able to collaborate and work together for the greater good.”
Bert’s Insightful Perspective
Bert’s travels have not only given him a front-row seat to the planet’s beauty and devastation, but have also opened his eyes to different ways of life and the way nature is evolving. As a young man, he went to an all-boys school in London, where he learned to box and became the head of his school’s boxing team. He continued his education at the University of London, where he received a first-class degree in economics and international relations. While at school, he played French horn, and continued to do so after he graduated. For the last ten years of his life, he played freelance, leading a fairly solitary existence, traveling and taking photos. He read voraciously, becoming an expert on world history and geology. He also learned to cook, and enjoys preparing meals for his friends. While in Hong Kong, he helped design an entire neighborhood; the result was named Bert’s Endeavour. It was named after, you guessed it, Bert. The neighborhood is home to more than 600 people, and provides a mix of apartment styles, from luxurious mansions to traditional Chinese temple rooms. It also features a Buddhist temple, a church, and a library. The community is currently in the middle of a transition, with many older residents moving out and young professionals moving in.
What Is Tobert Pattinson Doing Now?
When describing his travels and adventures, Bert likes to say that he has “ended up on the other side of the world, but in many ways, it feels like I’ve always been here.” He has always been a global citizen, having lived in Paris since he was 19. In fact, for the past 30 years, he has mostly lived in Paris. In recent years, he has been dividing his time between the French capital and London, leading a life that is both adventurous and cultured. He has always been a man of many talents, and has recently found a new calling – being a world-class educator and environmental activist. It seems that fate has brought him back to the place which he considers to be “his second home”, and given him the chance to help others understand and protect this planet which we all share.