Tierra del Fuego

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Tierra del Fuego

TIERRA del FUEGO (FIRE LAND in Spanish) consists of a main island, ISLA GRANDE de TIERRA del FUEGO, often called simply TIERRA FUEGO or ISLA GRANDE, with an area of 48,100 sq.km, and a group of smaller islands.  The main island is split between 2 countries : 38.47% of the total area, belongs to Argentina, while 61.43% of the total area, belongs to Chile.  The archipelago is divided by an east-west channel, the BEAGLE CHANNEL, immediately south of the main island.  The largest islands, south of the Beagle Channel are HOSTE & NAVARINO.

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The geology of the archipelago is characterized by the effects of the ANDEAN OROGENY and the repeated PLEISTOCENE GLACIATIONS.  The geology of the island can be divided into large east-west oriented units.  The south-western islands of the archipelago, included CAPE HORN, are part of the PATAGONIAN BATHOLITH, while CORDILLERA DARWIN and the area around Beagle Channel form the principal…

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Cinque terre

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Along a beautifully isolated six-mile-stretch of the most seductive corner of the Italian Riviera, lie the CINQUE TERRE small, traffic-free villages gently and steadily carving a good life out of a difficult terrain.  Each fills a ravine with a lazy hive of human activity ——– calloused locals and sunburned travellers enjoying the area’s unique mix of Italian culture and nature.

CINQUE TERRE which means FIVE LANDS, comprise of 5 small coastal villages of RIOMAGGIORE, MANAROLA, CORNIGLIA, VERNAZZA & MONTEROSSO, located in the Italian region of Liguria.  They are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


All the villages slope down to sea-level, except for CORNIGLIA, which is perched on top of a tall cliff.  All of them possess an old-world-charm (from north to south : Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore).  The northernmost one ——- Monterosso is completely different.  It is beach resort type, with not much to see beyond the boardwalk, apart from…

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Icehotel Jukkasjarvi

Jukkasjarvi is situated 15 km east of Kiruna, a town in the northern Swedish Province of Norrbotten.  The name ‘Jukkasjarvi’ is of Northern Sami origin. The village got its 1st Finnish-speaking resident settlers in the 17th Century, and they changed the name CONKKIRASJAVRI (lake of assembly, as the area, by the lake was a Sami market place) to JUKKASJARVI.  The place is a popular tourist destination during the winter months and is best known for its ICEHOTEL.


Read more at https://speakzeasy.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/icehotel-jukkasjarvi/ 




Palmyra reflections

Palmyra, also called the “Venice of the sands” is the last place anyone would expect to find a forest of stone columns and arches.  Travellers in the 17th and 18th centuries were repeatedly astonished by what they saw : a vast field of ruins in the middle of the desert, roughly halfway between the Mediterranean coast and the Valley of the River Euphrates.


For anyone visiting, however, the key to the site’s prosperity is immediately apparent :  Ancient PALMYRA sits at the edge of an “oasis of date palms ad gardens.”  ——— It was like a “watering place” on a trade route from the east that PALMYRA’S story begins, and the very name PALMYRA refers to the date palms that still dominate the area (the origin of its Sematic name, TADMOR, is less certain ; a derivation from — TAMAR (date palm) — is favoured.

For such a remote city…

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Spiritual apprenticeship



In many contemplative traditions, learning from an enlightened teacher is considered an important means of advancement on the spiritual path.  Many illumined beings and mystics, especially those  from Hindu, Sufi and the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages have maintained lifelong connections with their teachers and are in agreement that the student-teacher relationship is essential in the alchemy of transformation.  It is also customary in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions to learn from wise spiritual teachers and ecstatic mystics.  A perennial rite of passage, training under the guidance of a spiritual teacher can be a powerful initiatory experience.

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Spiritual Apprenticeship is the path of training under the guidance of spiritual teachers to achieve inner awakening, enlightenment or realisation of the Self ——– a state of pure consciousness or spacious awareness that is transpersonal, non-egoistic and beyond the boundaries of the individual self.
Spiritual apprenticeship denotes the relationship we have to…

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Mount Rainier


Mount Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range.  It is a large STRATO VOLCANO and is located 87 km southeast of Seattle.

It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous Us and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit of 14,411ft.  Mount Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and is on the DECADE VOLCANO LIST.  Because of its large amount of glacial ice, it could potentially produce massive LAHARS (volcanic mud-flows)that could threaten the entire PUYALLUP River Valley.

Mount Rainier scenery

Mount Rainier was first known as TALOL or TACOMA or TAHOMA by the Native Americans.  One hypothesis of the word origin is that TACOMA means “larger than Mount Baker”.  TA (larger) + KOMA (Mount Baker).  In 1890, the US Board of Geographic Names declared that the mountain would be known as RAINIER.

On clear days it dominates the south-eastern horizon and can…

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