Nov 012010

Two weeks on the road flew by.  From Toronto to Georgia visiting friends and family on the way to a month long internship with the Taos Earthship crew.  The East Coast Swing was epic.  Next time: see you in Barichara!

East Coast Swing 2010

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Oct 242010

Our friend Matt has an interesting mathematical explanation for the seeming rush of time and the ever-shrinking light of our youth in life’s rearview mirror.  It boils down to fractions and percentages.  When you are 5 years old, 365 days are a very large percentage of your life.  When you are 30 years old, those same 365 days are a much smaller percentage of your life.  According to some folks we have visited on this trip, 365 days is barely long enough to unpack your stuff in a new apartment!

The passing of time is on my mind as I sit in Hajja Mama’s living room and look back on five months on the road, which 365 days ago seemed like a distant dream…

We are on the road this month, on our U.S. Tour spreading love and making memories with family and friends from Toronto to Atlanta.  We have visited friends in Syracuse, Boston, Aberdeen and NYC.  We are happy.  But these days seem like hours and a couple hours with a good friend are over as quick as you can say, “Its been too long since we last broke bread together…”

My wife and I are headed to Taylor County, GA to take part in the building of an Earthship.  Our goals are to meet good people, work hard, get dirty and learn as much as we can about sustainable architecture.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Hajja Mama’s lasagna is just about ready, the fresh croissants are cooling down on the counter and its time to be in this moment.

To America, Kevin, Federico, Softy, Mary, Bill, Chris, McCready, Kim, Deanna, Junk Drill, Marge, The Rookie, CookingDJesq., Scotticus, Gooch, Nikki, DaddyMac, Geri, Lil‘ Mac, Lady Mac, Bappu, Jodi, Francesca, BigBil, Natalie, Matt, Noor, Graham, Erin, Mike, Rory Bay and Som-Berg!  Thank you for your hospitality, your smiles and for being part of our lives.  Its been real good seeing you.  For those of you South of Delaware….see you sooner than you think!

Greengoes East Coast Swing 2010

Oct. 23-27                           Baltimore, MD

Oct. 27-28                           Shenandoah, VA

Oct. 29-31                           Asheville , N.C.

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Oct 102010

It is hard to believe that three months in Colombia have come to a close!  What a journey it has been! If you’ve noticed the new pages you’ll see that we met with a lot of success these few months and we’re very excited to announce that we’re going to open our guesthouse doors in December.  So, what have we been up to these past few weeks?

After Taganga, we took an overnight bus to Barichara to visit with Caridad and Gabriel, the owners of the house we’re going to be running come December.  What was to be a one week stay turned into two.  Between learning the ins and outs of the house and enjoying the beautiful walks around Barichara, it was really hard to tear ourselves away.

The house itself is a destination.  It is all one level with four bedrooms off of the front patio and the rest of the property is open to the outside.  When you come in the front door, right away you can see a 100 year old grape vine shading the patio.  Conveniently, there is a hammock strung right across from it.  This was my favorite resting spot for reading and, of course, napping.  Put together with the loving care of Caridad and Gabriel, one can see all the special accents that make this home stand out from the rest in town.

As you go further back into the house, you’ll find the kitchen.  This kitchen was made to be a social gathering spot.  Open to the large tree-filled garden in the back, one can watch the birds eat bananas and rice all afternoon…or maybe just during breakfast.  Gabrielle has been teaching me to make masa – dough – for breads, so I can carry on the tradition of fresh baked bread at breakfast.  I look forward to all the wonderful meals I’ll be able to share with people in this beautiful space.

The kitchen overlooks the garden, which is nearly twice the size of the house.  Garden!  I should really be calling it a forest.  Papaya, passion fruit, mango, tangerine, guava, orange, coconut and fig trees barely skim the surface of the secrets this tiny forest have to offer.  I’ve already had a few encounters with the resident frogs and hummingbirds.  This quiet, green space is the gem of the house.

After a weeklong stint in Bogota, we’re back in Toronto visiting with family.  Come Thursday we’ll start our “East Coast Swing” to visit family and friends before volunteering on an Earthship project in Taylor County, Georgia starting November 1.   The future is bright!


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