• expedición noratlántica 2017: Edimburgo-2

    A mí es que lo anglosajón no me gusta ni un pelo, me siento muy incómodo, lo mismo me pasó cuando fuimos a Australia: que no, que no me va, que me da grima. Así como me siento en las culturas nórdicas como pez en el agua, en las anglosajonas se me erizan los pelillos... Y el festival de Edimburgo estaba anglosajonado a tope, además con una carga de mercadotecnia y reclamología que echaban p’atrás. Yo no sé si hace veintitantos años, cuando ya sentí ganas de visitar este festival, pero no acerté a cuadrar las fechas para coincidir con él en mis viajes escoceses, sería menos «véndote-la-moto»...

    Pero, bueno, lo que sí ha sido cosa grande es el ambiente, gente a raudales, el bullicio, el «buen rollo», la «buena onda», la ciudad transpirando jovialidad y alegría de vivir por todos sus poros... Anglosajón o no..., siempre es bueno ver a las personitas relajadas y felices a tu alrededor. Una maravillosa experiencia.

  • this year’s journey: Edinbourgh-1

    As I had foreseen, a three-day stay in Edinbourgh could not count as a true emulation of my old visits to my beloved Scotland.

    Nevertheless, even if ephemerally, the very first impression, mundane as it was (the Scottish houses —just as I recalled them!—, lining at both sides of the streets as our taxi sent us from the airport to the city center), brought all the magic back!

    Afterwards, it was ‘merely’ a typical tourist visit, walking endlessly and visiting the not-to-be-missed tourist spots: nothing of a more ambitious ‘cultural survey’ event.

    But (and this is a big ‘but’!) at last, yes!, we could experience the happily lively atmosphere of the famous Edinbourgh Festival, absolutely wonderful to witness and feel inmersed in! (in those my old visits to Scotland, more than twenty years ago, I failed misserably to schedule my trips in time for the event, very much to my regret…).

  • 2017 North Atlantic survey video

    Love you for a thousand more...

    The vast majority of the images are mine, but a very few of the first part were taken by my travel companions (Juan Luis Ayllón, Ana Ballesteros and Pilar Sánchez) during the days we travelled together in Edinbourgh and the Faroes. I then remained on my own for another four days in Tórshavn and three more in Reykjavík.

  • 2017 North Atlantic Survey report

    A few clarifications:

    - What Iceland gained in 1918 was its full sovereignty as a sovereign state, sharing head of state with the kingdom of Denmark.

    - The "very very interesting art exhibition" announced to be held apparently in October 2018 in Iceland, revolving around the centenary of Iceland’s sovereingty, is the Cycle Music and Art Festival, which encompasses a broad spectrum of exhibitions, seminars, workshops, debates, film projections, festive gatherings, etc. UPDATE: in answer to my enquiry, from Gerdarsafn - Kopavogur Art Museum (the venue that hosts the festival) they have just confirmed that Cycle will also run in 2018, adding that, although the dates are still undecided, September is a likely time, just as this year. 

    - The Greenlandic art festival mentioned is the Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival, held every two years (not annually as I said in the video), which is taking place this year in October; consequently, its next edition shoud run in 2019.

    - Both festivals (Cycle and Nordisk) focus heavily on artistic productions pertaining or relating to the West Nordic area (Greenland, Iceland and the Faroes).