¿Cómo cuidar a una begoña?

Week 15, 2020
Turku, Finland

A través de ésta publicación quiero pedir consejos para cuidar a mi begoña, y sobre todo motivarla a florecer 🙂  .  Antes de continuar,  permítanme compartir mi situación personal en el mundo de la jardiniería:

  1. No tengo el conocimiento ni la experiencia en el cuidando de plantas.
  2. Es muy frecuente que las plantas que adopto, o siembro, se me mueran 🙁  aunque trato de evitarlo.
  3. Vivo en un departamento, así que solo puedo adoptar plantas en sean capaces de vivir en macetas.
  4. En invierno, en donde vivo, los días son muy oscuros. Por ejemplo, la luz puede salir alrededor de las 9am y aprox. a las 4pm ya es de noche. En el verano casi no hay noche. Así que no puedo tener plantas que necesitan mucha luz todo el año. Aunque tengo unos focos que dicen que les ayuda, pero realmente no lo sé.

Ahora voy a presentar el caso de mi begoña. Cualquier consejo lo agradezco de antemano. 🙂

En 15 de abril de 2019, me compré esta hermosa begoña:

Begoña adoptada en 2019

Begoña adoptada en 2019

Esta hermosa begoña la coloqué en una área del departamento que normalmente tiene luz todo el año. Al mismo tiempo, nunca le llega luz directa del sol, ya que está lejos de cualquier ventana. Al parecer a la begoña le gustó el lugar, y siguió creciendo y dando flores. De hecho la peluqueé en mas de una ocasión:

Begoña floreando

Begoña floreando

El 6 de julio, la cambié a una maceta más grande y la peluqueé.

Begoña pasando por sesión de belleza

Begoña pasando por sesión de belleza

Aún que la cambié de maceta, aún floreó. Ya fué poco, y yo asumo que es porque ya estaba terminando el verano. La siguiente foto es del  la nueva maceta volvieron a salir una flores, no tantas, pero ya era el final del verano. Foto agosto 2 septiembre 7

Begoña floreando despues del su sesión de belleza en agosto.

Begoña floreando despues del su sesión de belleza en agosto.

Sobrevivió el invierno. Sus hojas siguen creciendo.

 

Lo que me inquieta es que no ha dado ninguna flor hasta ahorita.  ¿Alguna sugerencia para motivar a mi begoña a florecer?

Gracias de antemano por cualquier consejo 🙂

— Yop!

What kind of world do we want after covid-19? 

Week 15, 2020
Turku, Finland

This is an honest question that I have: What kind of world do we want after covid-19?. In my opinion, all of us should reflect upon this question. We must invest quality time to think in our answer and make it a reality. This is a question that concerns each one of us: what do we want? 

My “confinement” started on March 13, and  I was not thinking about this question.  As anyone else, I was not able to fully understand what was happening, or in which transformation journey we were starting to embrace.  Then I saw the following image, which let me thinking:

Facebook comment on Jorge Zavala wall

Facebook comment on Jorge Zavala wall. With an unprofessional translation it reads: “The world as we knew it, it does not exist.  The world we are living is under construction. And tomorrow’s world will be the one we bring forward… despite many people who say ‘help and guide’ and we do not know what are they doing.”

Next, I wrote a couple of lengthy responses for different online discussions. One was focusing on building arguments against closing business. This discussion was lead by a US citizen. While the other conversation ponders about the response within the European Union (EU) lead by a Spanish professor. This conversations took place while the situation in Italy and Spain was getting worse in reference to the covid-19.

My inner is in distress,  no only for the reality we are living an all the information we get from different channels. I am looking a meaningful conversation that will guide my own action. Maybe, I am looking  a meta level type of conversation or I am looking to connect with the front lines. I do not know.  To find the solution, I start to write.  I know writing  is not my strength, however while writing I am organizing my own ideas and start a personal process to find my own way to contribute.  This post is a result of several days trying to write a message.

Let me locate my narrative in context.  I am in a privileged situation. I live in Finland where mostly all is calm. At the same time I connect with people living in different regions of our globe. This includes friends living in European epicenters of covid-19, friends in countries addressing the pandemic quite successfully such as in South Korea, and  family and friends in countries where the problems are piling up even before the covid-19 is in its full strength in their soil.

My work involves to promote  innovation and support the growth in Finland. My passion is in informal learning, playful knowledge and co-design.  However, the level of innovation we need at the moment goes beyond of what we have been practicing and researching until now. This is a real disruption.  In order be able to move forward, we need to reflect beyond what it is evident and promote honest collaboration. To review our basics, our foundations to be able to build our world after covid-19.

HUMANS ARE VULNERABLE

Today, April 6th, there are recorded 70,567 deaths due to covid-19. We are aware that the total amount of people losing their lives due to covid-19 is greater than it is reflected by official numbers. This is happening all over the world because the tests for covid-19 are limited. Hence people are dying in their homes, or in hospitals recording the dead as “ atypical pneumonia”.  This are facts, and if you can Italian I recommend you to follow information Italian websites, or even information in Spanish from Spain. Of course, talking with someone on a covid-19 epicenter will allow you to get access to the proper sources of information. To understand more about the tragedy, listen to people who is working at the hospitals, e.g. Bergamo or from Madrid the stories they can tell are shocking.

Not everybody can see this reality. We cannot see covid-19. Only “few” can feel it. Consequently, it is hard to believe the seriousness of the situation. We listen number of infected person, but we do not understand that each number is a person.

Are we living in a real-life dystopian world? I am sure no-one was planning to live something like this, so it is understandable that it is hard to believe or to understand. We believe humans are the “masters” of the world. We had all under “control”. Covid-19 is showing us, humans do not have the control.

Most of us, can only see and hear the information related to covid-19 from the communities that are paying the consequences of not taking social distancing seriously. This is only the introduction of the problem we are living.

 

WHY TO CLOSE BUSINESS AND PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCE?

It is important — for all of us — that our hospitals do not get saturated. If someone has to visit a hospital, for any type of emergency, independently of the covid-19, we want to assure there are the needed resources to be treated.  We should act, all together, to take care of each other. In other words, everybody needs to help and contribute for the common good.  Because covid-19 spreads as “wildfire”, we need to keep each one of us at home to avoid spreading it.

Is there another option to control the transmission of covid-19? Yes. We can learn from  South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. I can only talk about South Korea because I have lived there. In my experience, the country cares for all its population. You find rich and poor but also everybody, as far as I know,  has the minimum: home and food. South Korea has a strategy in place to control epidemics in its territory, so they didn’t need to close all businesses.

To my eyes, the western world didn’t have an effective strategy in place, so we need to tackle the problem with another tactic, which is: social distancing and close businesses to enforce social distancing. Closing business implies to “slow down” the spread of covid-19 among us because we do not have a vaccine and the virus spreads with asymptomatic carriers. We cannot detect who those carriers are, so to protect everybody, each one of us should stay at home.  Vox explains clearly how the virus spreads here:

 

Thus, the faster we close and develop a national strategy to “control” how covid-19 spreads, the faster we can resume activities.   Let’s all work and help to achieve this! 🙂

 

ECONOMY

We cannot see the covid-19, in contrast we can feel and live the economical impact of closing business. Each one of us, with a different intensity, is living the economic consequences of  “closing business”.

Closing most of the business, as soon as possible, has many consequences including social challenges. For this reason each country is writing its own story on how to handle covid-19.

Financial times, coronavirus graphic John Burn-Murdoch. Each country writing its history.

Each decision a leader takes about how to address covid-19,  has direct impact in the complex reality the leader’s country  is living.  Furthermore each nation has a unique composition of citizens, human capital, population density, levels of inequality, resources, human values, etc.

When governments take decisions for a common good, leaders must have a social conscience and need to be realistic. In the actual moment, this includes: (i)  to protect vulnerable people from covid-19 and (ii) protect vulnerable people from shutting down business.

To protect vulnerable people from an economical perspective requires governments to activate mechanisms and means to support people to survive. That means people should have access to food and shelter.  In addition it is needed to create a framework to support freelancers, entrepreneurs, SME and other industries.

If we do not take this measure, and we decide to go to work as normal despite the current covid-19 pandemic, assuming only “1%” of our population dies, and as Bill Gates mention, we can’t “ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner

The fastest and effective way we close all business down, and “control” the spread of the virus, the faster we can re-open.

However this is more complicated than I am writing in here for many nations. Specially for countries with difficulties such as:

  • high inequality in its population
  • high numbers of homeless
  • High levels of corruption
  • High levels of insecurity
  • Lack of  basic infrastructure
  • Lack of social mechanisms to support the population with food and basic services.

The toll that covid-19 will bring in terms of dead combine with the economic recession associated to it, in countries with any of the previously mentioned difficulties, has a considerable bigger challenge ahead of them in comparison to those countries with less “difficulties”. Note, I didn’t I include  how “rich”  a country is as one difficulty, because the difficulties enlisted do not depend sorely on  “money”. The difficulties I mention  are social problems connected to personal and social values.

WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES?

There are unspoken messages being shared questioning our priorities. Through social media, people is creating “memes” to question and expressing their thoughts about this. What are our priorities?  Let me share some questions I had been collecting in these days:

(i) Shall we invest more in science? 

There are nations which do not give value to scientific work. How can we expect development without research? Shouldn’t we invest more in preparing  minds and promoting science at all ages?

Researchers

Meme circulating in internet questioning the correct pay to researchers. Unprofessional translation: Spanish researchers says: You pay 1,000,000 €  per month to a football player, and to a bio-scientist you pay 1,800 € per month. Now you are looking for a treatment for this virus, then you can look to Cristiano Ronaldo or Messit to find the cure.

(ii) Shall we invest more in culture and art? 

People working in cultural sectors are from the hardest hit economically at this moment. These professionals, in most cases, do not have an economical safe net because their main source of income are gigs. Today, culture and arts are the ones keeping us together, building hope about humanity. Here few examples:

  • Professional classical players, e.g. Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest (March 20):

Museums challenges self-isolating people to recreate famous artworks with household objects to create the “Quarantine collection”

Contribution to the museums challenge of recreating famous artworks.

And many possibilities to visit museums virtually are constantly popping up.  I will make a separate post about this.  The importance of culture and art is undeniable.

(iii) Shall we always support, listen and care about our Doctors and Nurses? 

As we all know, doctors, nurses and all the health caregivers are heroes in this historical moment and other times in history. As a friend from Madrid tole me in late March: take care of your sanitary personnel. We should always be aware of the importance of these professions in our society.

Doctors and nurses are our real life heroes

Doctors and nurses are our real life heroes

(iv) Shall we remunerate better farmers, supermarket clerks? 

We give food for granted. Without farmers we would die of hunger. We should remember the importance of farmers, each one we eat our meals.

Meme, informal translation: Today we know that we can EXIST without soccer player…. but not without farmers

Additionally, we should thank all those clerks who keep stores organize for us.

(v) Recognize the importance of different trades and offer them proper salaries and benefits: 

Policemen:

In Europe at least they really help to keep the community indoors and spread smiles, here some examples:

Couriers

Help us to connect physically.  This video of UPS couriers cheering up themselves in Bergamo, an epicenter from Europe:

Drivers, maintenance workers and so many professions that allow us to have a life even in confinement. Other “less visible” but who are doing their best are teachers all over the world.

Each one of us is doing her and his best within the current circumstances. Each profession is important and each one of us contributes to our common well being. This is a lesson we should always remember.

Before the covid-19, we were in a race of automation. Today, in this stand still moment, the importance of machines in certain, and at the same time, it is evident the importance of the human factor.

The cooperation of all of us, knitted with our values allow us to overcome to disasters. Hence, wouldn’t be part of our priorities to encourage empathy, respect, care, promotion of ethical values?   We  are much more than the objects we produce.  Each one of our actions, the ideas we transmit and creation we produce allow us to connect with others. This connection nurtures allowing the life to continue. It is by cooperating and collaborating.

THE REAL DANGER AND CURRENT DISRUPTION

Personally, I think the real danger is the strong presence of inequality in our world and the selfishness of some “leaders”.  Countries with selfish “leaders”, which are careless and destroying the social fabric, eroding human values through corruption and totalitarianism are the main threat. The scary part is: these figures are raising up in power in this dark times.

Before the covid-19, I was reading the book Reality is broken. The book explains how digital technologies contribute o spread  disinformation. This problem is accelerating today, in this crisis, and the results can be catastrophic.  For example, I read complaints from Spanish colleges about the lack of European apps such as the one using in Korea to monitor covid-19. However, unless you are in the circle of GSA (European Glocal Navigation Satellite System Agency) , I haven’t seen about the efforts that Europe is taking in this direction:

GNSS banner in reference to covid-19

GNSS is informing the population using the “traditional channels”, however the information does not spread as effectively as it should. What is the role that technology is taking here? (you should read the book!)

Another interesting example is the current and growing tension that European leaders are facing. The European Union, as a block, was not prepared for covid-19. That is a fact.  However each country is doing its best with the resources and knowledge they have.

The EU is not perfect, but from my point of view, it is open to improve. Overall, EU has  many good things as well. Sometimes I feel the voices highlighting the positive aspects are not strong enough. Positive and good things, apparently do not use  “bots” algorithms to reproduce its message as “wild fire”. It is easier to criticize that is for sure. From my perspective, all the EU member states started their journey through covid-19, relatively at the same period. Some countries have been very badly hit than others. This is unquestionably.

However being able to help right away was also not easy. An analogy is in having a airplane crash. Remember what we are told each time  we fly, in case of emergency: “oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others”. This has a reason to be, if we do not put our mask first, then most likely, we will not be able to help anyone else.  The same has been happening at EU level, each nation needed to put its own mask first before helping others. That means to sort out their own internal chaos in all their dimensions: health, unemployment, economy, etc. before committing with another nation.

Personally, I get excited when I read news such as Germany helping France and Italy with UCI beds, these beds are literally invaluable in this times.

Germany helping its neighbors.

Germany helping its neighbors.

Lately I read, that Europe is even including the UK in some reflections, which it is noticeable.

Yes, human should learn from this event, and we can do better. In my eyes I see Europe diverse, culturally rich and human.

When Spain showed the initiative:  acortando la distancia, where patients could connect and talk with family members show that Europe cares about persons. European supermarkets have food, and people is not fighting for it.  Only, in the first days, when people started to buy more than normal, in some places shelves were empty. I was never affected by this. However food  has never been missing. There is respect for elders, and even for the dead. For example, at this moment it is not possible to do proper funerals, but the is some kind of funerals taking place, as this “drive through” in Spain. Europeans are showing that they care and can do things together.

Structural problems need to be addressed to avoid similar situations in the future. This implies to review investment in health and research by each member state, and understand how this can be improved to avoid the same mistakes. I am aware that some personalities will take this with a more pragmatic approach than others, while others might be more sensitive to the topic. We should remember that some member states are feeling more pain at the moment as well. However, I would like to say:  Dear Europe, if we do not overcome this together, as Europe, then with whom do we want to join efforts?  To be honest, this question is a real concern, and no thinking carefully the answer can deliver a very dangerous outcome. Let’s start reflecting upon this, and align our values while understanding the situation. Do not give anything for granted.

  • What do we want as a society?
  • How do we want to promote equality?
  • How can we help in a macro-scale, while supporting the micro?
  • What new economic models do we need to create?  Our current economic system has been bomb (figurative talking) with covid-19.

This is time to reflect, to question and to understand how to create a better world after covid-19, because we are together in this.

Personally, I do not want to live under a totalitarian system. A system where critical voices will disappear. It is fundamental to protect our right to have different constructive opinions based in facts. Diversity is important. Totalitarian system implies to lose our real freedom.

Freedom is important for me, and I know freedom comes with responsibility. I would like a responsible society, where each person has an awareness of its role in the community and is able to respect oneself and others. This means, I reject “leaders” who promote divisions. “Leaders” who categorize people in groups to manipulate individuals with fear, bitterness and resentment. These “leaders” are not looking for a common good, a divisive agenda implies to benefit only some.  These attitudes are putting us in danger. Real leaders address that each one of us is important.

Today´s disruption is in our political and economic systems. How do we want to continue forward?  What values and visions will align ourselves in this new world? Interesting enough, innovation within the digital technology  has an important role in the current political and economical disruption.

Each one of us has a great challenge ahead. From a freelancer to a multinational company. We need innovation more than never. We  need innovation in a market that is unknown, and where the power regulators are changing.  Our global model of consumption is changing. We knew, we should take care of our planet and harmonize our economical and productive systems accordingly. Covid-19 is an example on how vulnerable we are to natural phenomena. Do we want to push our “luck” and look for other natural disasters?

During this confinement or  “waiting time”, innovators who have a clear head, can explore innovative ideas. There are so many dimensions we need help, besides finding a vaccine to protect us against covid-19. We need need to learn how to be productive at home, create new business, build inclusive economies, create a new direction….  I hope we are able to embrace this historical moment as the opportunity we needed to correct our direction.

We might get ideas, and valuable foundations when listening to real leaders. For this reason I close this post with an interview to Noam Chomsky. He is unquestionably, a thinker of our time, and we should hear what he says.

Listen, observe, think and do. We have much to do, and we have to go one step at the time.

We are in this together. Keep healthy!

— yop!

COVID-19 mi experiencia viviendo en Turku, Finlandia

Week 14, 2020
Turku, Finland

Soy Mexicana viviendo en Finlandia desde septiembre 2005. Mis “raices finlandesas” son en Joensuu, y actualmente vivo en Turku. Finlandia es un pais que admiro, respeto y que hoy en día es mi casa.  También admito que poco a poco voy creando mis raices finlandesas 😉

Con la actual pandemia, amigos y familiares me han preguntado ¿cómo está todo en Finlandia? Por eso decidí escribir ésta entrada en mi blog, en donde no he escrito hace mucho tiempo.

No me es fácil decir cómo está la situación, porque como en todos los países en donde se está desenvolviendo ésta historia, la situación cambia día a día.  Lo que tenemos constante es: el gobierno nos mantiene informados con hechos. Por ejemplo hoy, lunes 30 de marzo, tenemos:

  • 1,313 personas confirmadas con el virus (con pruebas de laboratorio).
  • 11 muertos
  • 41 personas en terapia intensiva.

Aquí pueden leer en inglés la actualizacion del covid-19 en Finlandia.

En referencia a mi persona, la última vez que tuve un día “normal”  fue marzo 13.  El sábado 14 de marzo solo salí a Ikea por un nuevo escritorio, y ya todo estaba “vacío”.

Ikea Rasio en marzo 14

Como ven para ser un sábado, Ikea está “vacío”. Lo que aprendí, y me impresionó, es que uno puedo comprar en Ikea, sin hablar con nadie si uno lo desea. ¡Impresionante!

El 15 de marzo se cerraron todas las escuelas en la región en donde está Turku (parte occidental de Finlandia).

La universidad de Turku,  el departamento de Future Technologies, en donde trabajo,  desde el miércoles 18 de marzo cambió su forma de operación. Todos trabajamos o estudiamos desde nuestro hogar.  Para entrar a la universidad, se requiere de un permiso especial.

En lo que escribo esto, veo cómo las cosas han cambiando día a día. En Finlandia la primera medida enfocada a prevenir la epidemia nacional del covid-19  fué en 10 de marzo cuando se pidió a todos los padres que eviten llevar a sus hijos con resfriados a ver a sus abuelos. Desde entonces, y conforme las cosas van evolucionando, las medidas son mas estrictas.

En marzo 16, con una infección detectada de 272 casos, el gobierno Finlandés declaró estado de emergencia. Esto implica que la sociedad tiene muchas restricciones. Por ejemplo evitar que la gente se reúna, cerrando museos, teatros, librerías, centros deportivos, y se recomienda cerrar eventos religiosos, congregaciones etc.  Este mismo día también el gobierno empezó a pensar en un paquete económico para apoyar a la gente que se está quedando sin empleo incluye emprendedores, todos los que trabajan en cultura, entre otros.

También en el 16 de marzo el Presidente de Finlandia, Niinistö, dijo: Todos nos necesitamos . Sabemos que  los próximos meses serán difíciles, pero los Finlandeses podrán superar la situación.

En mi caso personal, me siento muy afortunada. No me ha faltado nada, a Dios gracias.  Hay dinámicas para apoyar gente, por ejemplo, desde el 15 de marzo hay tiendas con horarios especiales para grupos vulnerables.

Kmarket schedule

Este super, por ejemplo tiene horario para personas vulnerables al covid-19 de 8 a 10 de la mañana.

kmarket

En la entrada existe la posibilidad de desinfectarse las manos. La caja negra, es una opción para la gente que no sabe usar el app de la tienda, escribe su telefono, y la tienda le llama y organizan la compra con la persona.

Hay grupos apoyando a adultos mayores por ejemplo les llevan comida o pasean a sus mascotas.  Se está buscando comprar comida directamente de campesinos, etc.  También he de reconocer que los grupos que han sido mas dificiles de mantener en sus casas son los adultos mayores y los adolescentes.

El 23 de marzo, se cerraron bares y restaurantes. Algunos de éstos negocios ahora se están enfocando en ofrecer comida para llevar. El 24 de marzo, se decidió que los cajeros de supermercados y farmacias tuvieran un “plexiglass” para proteger al cajero y al cliente durante la compra.

City Market kupitta

El plexiglas esta encerrado dentro del círculo rojo. La foto no lo muestra muy bien, nota para mi:  la siguiente que vaya al supermercado tomo otra foto. También pusieron etiquetas en el piso para indicar donde se debe uno parar para esperar su turno.

Desde el 25 de marzo se pensó en cerrar la región donde está Helsinki, Uusimaa, ya que es dónde se registra el mayor número de casos con convid-19. La idea de cerrar ésta región es que el proceso de transmisión a otras partes del pais sea mas lenta. El 28 de marzo, se cerro el accesso a Uusimaa por  lo que no se puede entrar o salir de esa región, eso incluye no hay accesso a la capital.  Sin embargo servicios de mantenimiento y communicación como el correo siguen.

Se siente el ambiente con preocupación y  al mismo tiempo hay que ser pacientes. Las decisiones no son fáciles.  Empresas grandes han tendio que liquidar empleados, y en otros casos CEO han donado sus sueldos para mantener a la plantilla. Hay de todo. Sé que lo ideal sería que a todos nos examinaran, y detectar claramente quien es portador. Pero al parecer dichas pruebas son muy caras, ya que no hay suficientes.

El sábado pasado tuve que ir a arreglar mis lentes, a Dios gracias la optica estaba abierta. Les comparto la foto de mi instagram con esta información:

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I damage my glasses and the wonderful team of #Specsavers, in downtown #Turku, fix them. They have saved me in this matters more than once! . In this ocation, the store was empty due to the confinement we are living. So, we were able to have a brief conversation. People is scared in so many levels in reference of what we are living. Unquestionably, these are difficult moments. However, as we agree,  we will go through it #together!  Finland is so special! ???? . ==== .  Rompí mis lentes. Para reparlos fuí al Specksavers del centro de Turku, y como simpre, me volvieron a salvar al arreglarlos. . La tienda estaba vacía debido al cofinamiento que estamos viviendo, eso me dió la oportunidad de tener una pequeña conversación.  La gente tuene miedo, en muchas dimensiones. Sin duda, son tiempos difíciles! Y concluimos , #juntos lo superaremos. ¡Finlandia es muy especial! ???? . . . #Speksaversfinland #covid-19 #Finland #Finlandia

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Me da la impresión que en ocasiones, estos paises del norte de Europa se perciben como que la gente es fría, desde el punto de visto latino,  o inclusive algunas personas tienen la idea que son gente  “individualista” (esto puede ser un esterotipo)  para mi es evidente que son paises con gente solidaria de gran corazón y  están unidos para el bien común.  También admito de que tienen otra forma de expresarse, pero eso es material para otra entrada de este blog. En ésta crisis del covid-19, los finlandeses han mostrado un aspecto que los hace muy especiales: todos y cada uno de nosotros somos importantes.

Por cierto, llevamos “encerrados”, debido al invierno ya un tiempo considerable. Este invierno fué muy malo ya que hubo poca nieve y eso implica que fue muy obscuro y algo deprimente. Entonces el hecho de no salir cuando hay algo de sol, realmente requiere mucha voluntad.

Y esto es un poco de lo que se vive en Finlandia. Ahora además de ser pacientes hay que ser creativos para buscar nuevas oportunidades e inovación, porque esto va para largo.

Para finalizar, quiero agregar, hay que recordar que somos de los afortunados. Nunca me imaginé pasar un momento histórico de ésta magnitud (tampoco me moría de ganarlas de vivirlo). Siento que estoy viviendo dentro de una distopía, de la cual no me puedo salir aunque quiero salirme. Pero a Dios gracias tenemos un techo, agua para lavarnos y comida. Eso ya nos pone en mucha ventaja.

¡Cuidense mucho todos!

-yop!

NOTA: después de publicar esta entrada en mi post, me he enterado que el confinamiento seguirá hasta mediados de mayo. Les digo, la historia se escribe a diario 🙂

Pomponrahka and Kärsämäki Devil’s Nest

Week 4, 2020
Turku, Finland

Here, in Southwest Finland the weather is like spring,  even though it should be a freezing cold winter. I will not write about my personal concern, or share evidence, related to how quickly the weather is changing. The purpose of this post is to build a nano lesson #001 of discovering the region where I am living currently.

Close to Turku airport there is a walking path named  Pomponrahka.  I didn’t know anything about this path until I writing this post. Now I discover that this area is home for approximately one third of the spiders’ species in Finland. I confess while I was walking there, I didn’t see one spider, but I was not looking for them either.

This is a short trail (approx. 2km),  next to Turku airport.  Despite being an interesting trail, for my surprise and in my personal opinion, the trail is “loud”.   I mention this because one can constantly hear  traffic from the “near” roads. Despite this, it is a nice trail to walk. I personally like the swamp area, where one has the possibility to sit and admire the landscape. I took a photo of this particular spot, but the photo is not good.  Next time I will improve this shot.

The trail is easy to walk, it is almost flat with few location where one has to “climb” slightly.

After the walk, we drove to see a  “glacial erratic”  (siirtolohkare) rock close by: Kärsämäki Devil’s Nest.  This rock has a legend, which we should translate carefully as at the moment makes no sense if one uses only google translator.

I need to reflect upon this Sunday walk, and consider it as lesson #001 because I didn’t know anything about the importance of the trail neither about “glacial erratic” rocks.  All what one can learn, while being  on the road.

Munsteir

Week 37, 2019
Turku, Finland

On Augutst 24-31 of this year, I had the opportunity to participate in the Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites. The theme of this year was: LeVERAGE ICTs for Tourism. Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism for preserving LiVing hERitAGE

It was interesting to be a participant of this Summer School series.  I only new this Summer School because I organized it last year here in Finland.

It was a rich experience to be a participant again. I think the last time I was a participant of a Summer School was 10 years ago. It was a rich and strange experience. All together.

Looking for a quote to reflect my feeling, I found this one:  “Who dares to Teach mus never cease to Learn” (by John Cotton Dana) .  Often we interpret this to keep ourselves actualizing, reading, thinking, reflecting. This is a complete truth. But it might also imply, to be a learner and have that role as well. To connect with other fellow learners independently where we are in our journey of discover. It is to go back to our return, and do not lose the ground.

It was fun to contribute in a team. Overall to see how the work of my team evolved from an idea to its complexion. See the talents of each team member, it was fascinating and a wonderful experience. To laugh, and work hard with that energy that only students have.

Perhaps I value this experience more today than earlier, because is not so often when I can say I am a full time student. Connect with others at different levels is part of the magic of life. On the other hand, I admit that each one of our life experiences and knowledge will always be with us, and therefore. Therefore, the connectivity and conversations with facilitators also increases as peers. To connect with others is a magical rainbow with some many tonalities.  I am thankful to be able to connect with my “gang” of Lugano ;- )

And luckily enough, our project might be pass over to the people of Münstair. That is awesome!

Here is the link of our website: http://senseofvalmustair.mozello.com/home/

Here is the link to the story we made, very quickly there.