Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tierra del Fuego

The place that I’d like visit is the Chilean Patagonia, particularly Tierra del Fuego. I have been in different places of Chile, but I've only reached the Isla Grande de Chiloé.

Studying the prehistory of this region, I thought that this part of world must have been really amazing thousands years ago: a virginal place. The first human groups were very fortunate to have seen this pristine landscape. Now I think that this place still preserve some of its original features. Moreover still remain a place free from pollution, noise and people... only the world and you.

In spite of this place is very beautiful and interesting, definitely I would not like to live there. I think that after a long time, Tierra del Fuego must become a very solitary place and away from it all. And I really like to have the possibility of moving easily toward any place, in any time.

This is a trip that I'd like make alone, because it would be an experience to find a sort of “spiritual balance” and reflect on transcendental things.

I have some money saved to travel, but I think that travel to this place must be very expensive. But I hope know this place soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Music for the soul =)

In general, my musical tastes are very miscellaneous. I listen with major frequency latinoamerican music like salsa (Rubén Blades for example), vallenato, tango (Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola, for example), music with african roots like Totó y la Momposina and Petrona Martínez. Also I like the instrumental music, particularly some albums of Yann Tiersen like “Rue des cascades”. Generally I listen the latter when I study; is really good for concentration and motivation.

I don’t know if I have a particular musical taste for sad moments, but I can tell you that the last time that I felt sad I listened to Frou Frou, Joaquín Sabina, John Coltrane, a disc of “Putumayo” (Presents Paris). Recently I have been listening andean music, like “saya”, is very lively! My favorite group of saya is Kalamarka. I think that my music help to cheer up and feel happy.

I don’t recommend listen sad music in sad moments, because the distress feeling is reinforced through of lyrics. Long time ago when I felt a loving deception, I listened to Alanis Morisette and definitely don’t helped me, it made me very sad. So… Now I only listening lively music, that make me feel happy and quiet. Here is a videos of a songs that I really like! I hope you like it too!

Rubén Blades (Decisiones): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyhwmZAQB-Y

Totó y la Momposina (El pescador): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAPh04Ay_0Q

John Coltrane (My favorite things): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I6xkVRWzCY

Kalamarka (Cuando florezca el chuño): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsj4BPkPHJA


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Do you know something about of cultural patrimony?

If you know some news about cultural patrimony of Chile, you must visit the website of the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales (CMN): http://www.monumentos.cl/. There you can find update information about the landmarks that have been declared as monuments. This websites present several links with important information: “Who we are?” where you can know the vision and mission of the CMN, the history of this institution and its organization: The function of the CMN is… “To practice the protection and tutelage of the cultural and natural patrimony that have monumental characteristics, watching for its identification, official protection, supervision and conservation, promoting its contribution to the identity and human development” Also you can use the searching link of monuments. There you introduce the data of your interest (region, province and kind of monument: historic, archaeological, typical place or sanctuary of nature), and the website show you a list with every monuments declared for this region. It’s very useful and easy! Another remarkable link is the program “SITUS, Archaeological patrimony”. With this program, each investigator can upload information about the archaeological sites that have been registered in their investigations. In this way, SITUS generate a database that can be used by any archaeologist for knowing the totality of archaeological sites of Chile. I usually visit this website because it provides important information about interesting topics related with my career. And I use the searching link of monuments to know the cultural patrimony declared in the region that interest me (II Region of Antofagasta).