[This is a radically different profile from earlier attempts. Previously, I tried to summarize past, personality and aspirations in a few pithy phrases but the end result turned out too abstract – artificial even. Instead, I’m moving exclusively into the present and describing current events – from which you dear reader must draw your own conclusions]
In one week i will be leaving the Philippines, where i have just spent the last 6 months as a peace corps volunteer trying to promote eco-tourism in a small town on Panay island. I have learned much in the process, but overall it’s been a mixed experience - both rewarding (especially my terrace overlooking the Sulu Sea) and frustrating (dealing with the bureaucratic municipality and prevailing lack of work ethic). I will miss the slurp of sea hitting the beach and some of the most gorgeous sunsets ever. Plus some really fantastic storms. More detail on request. Lest you think me naïve in my dealings with emerging countries, the Philippines are not the first place where i have worked (egads here i am slipping back into what i said i wouldn’t do – i.e. personal history) but they are unique in my working experience (32 countries in Africa and 4 in e Europe). My first time in Asia, however.
The best times were spent in the mountain barangays – where isolation and poverty are the norm. My photos reflect my latest excursion, trekking in the rain for the past two days. I have posted uncensored with the sole caveat that i am not as serious as i appear captured on (normally one would say film but these days? In pixels). In any case i have 54 pages of journal shared with friends and family that fill out the picture should anyone be interested.
I divide my time between Portland and Vancouver island – when I’m not traipsing off to do pilgrimage routes in France/Spain, occasional consultancies in Africa, or in the present case my Filipino penance. I leave behind grown children in both NA worlds.
Lately here- i have been walking 5 miles to start every day, treat myself to locally made chocolate from locally grown coco that i buy in the local market, walk the beach each evening to glory in the sunsets and approaching typhoons, yoga and meditate daily, and read – all of jane austin while here.
it’s almost 8:00 and bedtime approaches – up at 5 for my walks. cheers