The Geo-Geo

(your friendly geographic Geornal)

 

PRESENTS

WE WOKE UP TO POURING RAIN. U G H.

We decided to study some more and challenge the exams on this day.   The exam was not very long but I tend to overthink things so I did not score 100%, and Endre scored higher (!)  I have been practicing my knots though to compensate. Hehe.

But yes, we both made it. Hooray! “Yo no soy Marinero, soy Capitan, Bamba, Bamba”

For lunch, Paul made some burritos. These were best enjoyed on the rail...

We woke up in a light mist in Chacala.  Endre and I wanted to see San Blas, another village about 30 more miles north because from there we could rent a “Panga” (local fishing boat) to take us to the Isla Isabel, a marvel island full of birds.

But the wind conditions which were affected by a developing Low Pressure Area in the mountains north east, made the sail north too risky.  And the waves will not make it easy.  Isla Isabel seem...

We woke up to calmer waters in Punta Raza. The southerly wind seemed much lighter and more consistent than the day before.  It can only mean one thing for our journey north to Chacala: FLYING.

Getting the boat ready, Paul declared that it was time.  Calm seas and steady light winds makes hoisting someone ideal.  And the person to be hoisted is me. Of course.

I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the rigging up close....

We have planned to sail to Chacala but the southerly winds forecasted to blow hard from 3-9PM (local time) made us seek refuge at Punta Raza.   On the way, we saw more whales breaching closer to the shore! I even saw a full body breach once!  These mammals are HUGE.  Even if I saw them from hundreds of meters away I feel their mass and inertia!  I was hoping we could sail closer to the whales, but I remembered that wild animals must...

Endre Balogh and I are extremely and forever grateful to Paul “Pablo” Martson and J/ World Performance Sailing School for the invaluable training, mentoring, and fun we had at Puerto Vallarta.

We could not imagine a better coach than Paul who has been most patient, most calm, most thorough, and most amusing sailor we have yet spend 7 days and 6 nights, dinners, lunches, and breakfasts with.

Muchas Gracias, Pablo!  Muchas Gracias, Wayn...

Terroir [terˈwär] traditionally refers to the bio-geo-chemical processes in the environment that impact tea flavors and other tea characteristics.  Such processes are complex and dynamic.  Terroir influences pigmentation of leaves, amounts of carbohydrates produced, minerals that gets adsorbed from soil among others.  Thus, teas (similarly, wines) have become associated with certain places and their landscapes.

But because...

December 7, 2016

I have pitched a few design ideas to various “juries” and design “Calls” from all over of the world.  I usually end up designing not an object but "systems", "enterprises", or "organizations".  As a geographer, I see objects as sets of relationships, often complex and dynamic, riddled with politics, economic tensions, social construction etc. 

But I have come to realize how problematic Design competitions can be. 

The conund...

Magick (vs “magic”) is not about tricks, illusion, and deceit.  Magick is a conscious and conscientious process of opening up our imaginations, and of expanding our sense of “self”.  It is inherently transcendental, because it encourages us to challenge what we believe, to reconsider the boundaries that we have established or that have been imposed on us, and to question the very idea of the “fate”.  Magick is a powerful p...

October 11, 2016

“Fierce” does not emerge from fear.  Ferus, which is the Latin origin of the word “fierce” means “untamed” or “wild”.  Fear, on the other hand, comes from Old English word for “calamity”.

There are many ways to draw connections for these two words.  Is it savagery that brings out fear? Or is savagery the product of fear? Or both?

The sauvage as the source and the product of fear: what a hopeless case.  How does one come out of th...

September 21, 2016

I weep. I fold.

The skies weep. Images and news of wars, of blood, of bile thoughts and malice, of life mistreated, of people hungry for justice, of people with empty words… of seeming hopelessness… of poverty in the mind and the soul… and of leaves curling and falling… I fold.

Uttanasana is a standing forward fold posture in Yoga where one will find the head below the heart.  It requires a graceful act of bowing down and meeting ones...

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