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Morning Patrol

Reporting in from Sal, Cape Verde again. The killing heat of the first few days has let up to make way for stormy wind and nicer temperatures. A lot of wind, kite and wave surfers are starting to turn up here for the start of the surfing season. Every time I see them skimming across the sea I get the urge to join them. It looks like so much fun!

Being a sand island, Sal has almost no vegetation and accordingly, no local fruit or vegetables. The only thing they can actually produce here is probably goat cheese. A man in a strange floppy hat comes by the house twice a week to sell cheese. Other than that, dried things such as beans, chickpeas, peas etc. make up a large part of the diet here. Fruit and veggies are pretty expensive. I spend a good part of my free time experimenting with how you can variate bean stew to be more interesting. My newest successful creation is caramel porridge.

The work has become a sort of routine by now. Morning patrol, nap, lunch, hatchery, release tour, bed. I don’t really feel like going out very much. But since we’ve moved to the house next door, I have a room to myself, right at the top of the house, with a bunk bed and if you stretch a little you can see the sea.

To maybe illustrate what I do a little better, I’ve taken pictures of one of the morning patrols.When we set out its still not quite light. The sun slowly comes up while we work. The beach, called Costa Fragata, is quite long and toward the end of the season where theres not as many nests hatching, the part that takes longest is the walking, not the excavating. When we see tracks that look like the picture, we know a nest has hatched.

We dig up the nest and count the egg fragments and unhatched eggs, measure the nest.

Sometimes we’ll find stragglers in the nest, Babies that haven’t quite made it to the surface yet, like all their siblings. We let them make their way to the sea and watch out birds and crabs and dogs dont get them before they’ve even reached the water. After that they have to look after themselves and we wont see them again until they come back to nest, after 20 or more years.

As it is the end of the season though, the nests are getting fewer and the morning patrols shorter. Only two excavations today. Only a week or so ago there were 5-8 per day!

Good luck Babies!

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Montreal

Just a quick update to share a couple of photos.

The firest were taken about a week ago, in a remote foresty area near Quebec City. I spent 3 or so days there, recovering from my trip, more or less successfully riding a quad ATV through the woods (does that sound quite canadian enough for you) and walking around old Quebec.

We were surprised to see northern lights this far souht. They were fainter on real life than in this long exposure shot but they were definately there and pulsing and moving. That night also showed of a splendid view of the milky way.

Appreciate, because messing about with a complecated camera at night left me frozen stiff.

The third one is just a view of the automn city, from the vantage point on top of the Mont Royal. Im sure there exist several million photos just like this one, but it has to be said that its an awesome view.

Since beck in Montreal I have been mostly relaxing, reading, bringing my French back to its former grandeur and enjoying good company… Thats not too bad after almost 2 moths of running around. In a few days, the running will recommence and Im looking forward to that as well, especially since I was lucky enough to be referred to (a friend of a friend) ^ 3 for a place to stay In NYC.

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EJC and a little bit of Post-Covention Blues

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My discovery for the day is that, quite apparently, the well known post-festival blues is not very much deterred by having exciting future prospects. Pretty much, it’ll get you, no matter what. As anyone who’s spent more than a day in a happy-go-lucky festival world will surely agree, the first days back in ‘the real world’, which is inhabited by unsmiling, distant strangers, are always quite the culture shock.

This phenomenon manifests itself in several ways. For example when I logged onto my Facebook front page yesterday morning, the first 5 posts were by people sharing the fact that they were sick in bed, with no intentions of getting up that day. To be perfectly honest, I joined their ranks without further ado and my own bout of fever. My voice had apparently decided to stay behind in Poland anyways, and I wasn’t about to walk around without it. So it was a change of having 110% activity and input to (by choice) having only empty space to stare into.

The EJC is the type of event that since I first attended it out of a sudden whim, I’ve vowed never to miss it ever again. There just so many people doing so many different fascinating things and so many options of what to do next. Its possible to just run from one shiny exciting thing to the next. Its the paradise of hyperactivity and ADD. If you don’t already have either, this is where you’re gonna get it!

Whether it was the absolutely hilarious and memorable full-moon free alcohol party, epic 5 people fire tunneling on the firespace (there need to be more of those), spontaneous trick sharings, supremely annoying badge control sessions or just chilling in the beautiful weather, for example with a giant quiche-tart… it all just merged into one big moment which, try as I might, I can not put into anything even remotely resembling a timely order.

I do remember it ended in a hippie bus packed to the roof with camping and juggling equipment and awesome people, driving through the polish country side over roads in a state of, well, lets say minor disrepair.

My last European Con this year and already cant wait for the next one! But for now… On the 23rd I leave for Burning Man! Now for two weeks of enjoying the awesome Berlinians company, saying my goodbyes- I’ll be back by the apocalypse!

Love

…somebody walking an impressive high line in the historical part of Lublin!

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