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Patagonia on my mind

El Chalten, Argentina, September 2022

I got back to Panama from Argentina 2 days ago, but the experience of Patagonia: its breathtaking but severe beauty, the warmth of the her people is with me and is not weaning off. Southern Argentina is, without doubts, one of the most beautiful, if not, the most beautiful place I have ever had a chance to visit in my entire life.

The beauty of that part of the world is overwhelming. It humbles and liberates you at the same time. It is actually likely to make you cry from emotions. I remember when I walked around the Perito Moreno Glacier, trekked through the mountains in El Chalten, sailed around the waters of Tierra del Fuego, I felt like if I was in some sort of paradise that I would never want to leave. I do not want to put words to these emotions, as they would not do justice to how I felt. I can just say that I was filled with pure joy. The sights, the calm, the colours, the smell, the cold, the snow and the kindness of the people will stay with me and will be cherished forever. I do not know whether I will ever have a chance to visit Patagonia again, but even if not, I will always be grateful to have had a chance to experience the ultimate beauty and the paradise.

If you ever have a chance to visit southern Argentina, do not hesitate for a second.
Just go and allow yourself to feel overwhelmed with happiness!

Visiting disaster preparedness projects in Salta

Salta, Argentina, December 2021

It is time to travel again. Tomorrow, I am off to Salta in northern Argentina, where I will be visiting some of the disaster preparedness projects that we are running at the indigenous communities together with our partners. The focus of the projects is related to dealing with flash floods, droughts and forestal fires, which are all very common in the area and make the population slip into humanitarian crises when they occur.

Preparing for disasters constitutes core of our activities in the Americas. Our projects derive from a conviction that the more prepared you are, the cheaper and easier it is to deal with the consequences when they eventually come.

As usual, I will be reporting my trip with pictures, and will make sure that you have a link to the images soon!

Living in Punta Pacifica

Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama, August 2022

I have been really busy over last two weeks, changing my flats in Panama. All is done however, and now I officially live in Punta Pacifica, Panama City's residential area on the Pacific Ocean. I love my new flat, especially the morning views (a beautiful sunrise over the ocean). Despite loving the old part of Panama City, I think I will be happy in my new place (some pictures from the new place can be seen in the Panama album).

I am also getting ready for what it seems to be busy travelling months of September, October and November. I will soon be going to Argentina and then will be in the US, Portugal, Belgium and Poland (a mixture of work and personal related reasons). More news on that come in days and weeks to come.