Posted by: Ramone | 25 April 2010

A journey through Caucasus lands in pics

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Azerbaijan, on the way to Baku. 5 April 2010

Tbilisi, Georgia. 7 April 2010

Echmiadzin, Armmenia. 10 April 2010

Center street. Tbilisi, Georgia. 7 April 2010

Baku, Azerbaijan. 29 March 2010

Samtsje-Javajeti caves, Georgia. 12 April 2010

Mosque inside. Quba, Azerbaijan. 2 April 2010

Armenian stones. Lake Sevan, Armenia. 11 April 2010

Next to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Georgia. 6 April 2010

Street in Quba, Azerbaijan. 2 April 2010

Market. Yerevan, Armenia. 10 April 2010

Old street in Tbilisi, Georgia. 7 April 2010

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Posted by: Ramone | 22 April 2010

Blooming with Spring

Los climas cambian. A veces es invierno, a veces es verano.
Si siempre estáis en la misma estación, os sentiréis atascados.
Las cosas cambian… la vida es un flujo. Nada permanece igual.


El cambio es simplemente la misma estructura de la vida.
“La experiencia de toda tu vida apoya el hecho de que las cosas van cambiando.
Nada permanece estable; tú no puedes aferrarte a nada en un mundo cambiante
Podrá tomarte un poco de tiempo el entender, y fluir con ello…

Osho


22 de Abril. Con la desconcertante vuelta de la nieve en Primavera a esta orilla del Báltico, me decido a escribir de nuevo tras largo tiempo vagando en lejanos y recónditos rincones del mundo.

A veces la vida se asemeja a una estación de tren. Lugar común de encuentro con quienes comparten hoy nuestro camino y enriquecen momentos inolvidables de nuestras vidas. Rescatar lo mejor de cada centésima de segundo es el tesoro que nos llevaremos, y la huella que permanecerá imborrable en nuestras Almas…

Vuela nuestro tiempo bajo el cielo, y cambiamos al ritmo de las estaciones que vagan cada año en un incesante proceso de renovación. Floreciendo con la primavera, la estación de recogimiento queda ya atrás. Y aunque arroje desde el cielo blancos recuerdos de su partida, da paso a los colores de la vida que se asoma nuevamente a nuestra ventana. Es entonces cuando caminamos de la mano del sol y abrimos los ojos al cambio

Caucasian mountains, Georgia. 12 April 2010

Como tal, nuestras Almas funcionan al tic-tac de la renovación, el aprendizaje, y en armónica evolución cuando le damos alas para ello. Encontrando en el momento adecuado cambios que solo tienen su lugar en el ahora. Y no hay antes, después, ni ‘debieras’… porque cada cosa acontece a su tiempo y toma su proceso de maduración. En cada chispa de vida a su ritmo. En cada ritmo, compone su melodía. Y en cada melodía, nuestra canción. Única entre todas…

El balance entre tu interior y el exterior, siempre surge de dentro hacia fuera. Equilibrados en aquello que hemos aprendido quizá ya mucho tiempo atrás, lo difícil es compensar aquello que más nos cuesta. Por ello también precisamos ese proceso renovador.

Cuando te das el espacio suficiente, la corriente de energía fluye como el agua que por tiempo había permanecido congelada, y ahora como río lleno de vida sientes de nuevo desatado su poder. El deshielo procede, y las piedras ahora no son más infranqueables escollos, dejando acariciar su superficie.  Sin luchar contra ellas en tu camino, las envuelves y bordeas como corriente natural… y la comprensión deja paso a la no-resistencia

Ramón Couto. 22 April 2010

Posted by: Ramone | 16 March 2010

Destiny: ‘Land of Fire’

“All things, oh priests, are on fire. . .
The eye is on fire; forms are on fire;
eye-consciousness is on fire;
impressions received by the eye are on fire.”

Siddharta Gautama


“Protected by the Holy Fire” is another of the popular names from wich Azerbaiján is know.

And this lands of Fire, will be my new destiny. Next 27th March, I will fly from Riga to Moscow, arriving to the capital Baku at night, plus 4 hours difference.

The purpose of my visit to this Caucasian country is to participate in a seminar held in Nabran, small city 3 hours from Baku, located in the north of the country, just in the border line with Russia.

The purpose of this seminar is to explore and discuss cultural frames of different cultures and identify gender issues in that frames, pointing out main problems regarding promotion and development of gender equality affected by the cultural aspects in order to improve the youth work and participation on gender equality.

[…]

To encourage and motivate participants to become more active in their own communities and to promote human rights, anti gender discrimination policies and social cohesion of both genders.

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe

» Different Cultures – Equal genders «

Seminar, 29. March – 4. April 2010, Nabran, Azerbaijan


Remaining in the region almost ten days more, the idea is to discover the lands around Armenia, Georgia and perhaps Irán, pearl of Persia.

On 14 of April, I will fly come back from Tblisi, Georgia. One more year old, and the suitcase full of new experiences around the Caucassian countries. And hopefully getting new ideas and future projects in mind…

Ramón Couto. 16 Marzo 2010

Posted by: Ramone | 22 February 2010

Mandala

Versión en español: Mandala

“Si quieres un jardín, debes agacharte y tocar la tierra.
La jardinería es una práctica, no una idea.”

(Thich Nhat Hanh)

The Sanskrit meaning of Mandala is circle. The Tibetan word for mandala is Khil-khor, which literally means “the center and around,” but sometimes translated as “Sacred Circle”.

Tibetan monks constructing in a festival Mandala with sand and the dust of precious stones. After the festival the mandala will be destroyed, expressing the insubstantiality of visible forms.

Radi Vidi Pats house

Rebuilding this days a future volunteer accommodation and other various activities, sometimes you can meet “the Now philosophy” personified.

– “What will happen if after to rehabilitate everything, the owners arrive, and they decide to stay once built?”
– “This house is like a Mandala. You put all your energy to build it, and doesn’t matters nothing more. If tomorrow they come and decide to sell the house, there are other sites that we can start over and rebuild again”- says smiling -.

The simplicity and depth of this way of life, is overwhelming. And I’m proud to collaborate with my colleagues there.

Like the birds that one day the storm carries them nest and must start again, Stass and his family have never stopped singing.

Ramón Couto. 22 February 2010

Posted by: Ramone | 22 February 2010

Under the Northern Star

“We travel as we live”

Cedric V.

“The cold piercing autumn breeze
Fills the longships sail
Soon the lakes and seas will freeze
And snow will lay its veil”

A.A.


Some pictures about my travel trought the heart of Scandinavian countries, December 2009.

Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

Eight trains, four trams, three ships, three buses, and two travels by car.

4.906 Km.

19 days.

And keep indelible memories in my Soul forever.

A.Liepaja , B.Riga , C.Stockholm , D.Abisko National Park , E.Narvik

Riga, Monument of Freedom

Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan. Stockholm, Sweden.

Archery activities on Christmas day

Narvik, Norway. 200 Km up from Polar Circle

Narvik, Norway. 200 Km. up from Polar Circle

Christmas with Dahlström Family. 25.12.2009

A.Narvik , B.Abisko National Park , C.Timrå , D.Sundsvall , E.Stockholm , F.Turku , G.Helsinki , H.Tallin , I.Rīga , J.Liepāja

Turku Castle bridge

Helsinki Cathedral

Tallin street under the snow veil

Tallin, Estonia

Tallin medieval Square

Ramón Couto. 22 Febrero 2010

Posted by: Ramone | 14 February 2010

Wanderer

“Not everyone who wander is lost”

Ilze J.


Versión española: Wanderer

In recent weeks, I have made several laps about new horizons. The “Maya” in which everyone lives, sometimes give you a glimpse of light, light flashes hints pointing to a path. And I want to take every opportunity to follow the shine of lightning.

Narvik, Norway. 23.12.2009


The possibility to follow this way, the hope to living a life doing what one really likes is a dream. In Spain we say that “You can’t damming the water,” so when you really want to do something, just only need to find the best way to get it.

Abisko, Sweden. 21.12.2009

I have the feeling that next months will be a turning point, and indeed I hope so. I feel how many things are changing in my life.

Now, when the wind blows strongly, it’s time to deploy the sails, and be one with the Ocean.

Ramón Couto. 14.02.2010

Posted by: Ramone | 4 February 2010

Walking trough the waters

The water flows, but back into the ocean;
The moon sinks, but is even in Heaven.

Perceiving the sun in the midst of the rain;
Ladling out clear water from the depths of the fire.

ZENRIN KUSHU

Did you ever think to cross a huge river walking?

Nordic Cold surprises me with this exceptional landscape every day, views that I enjoy when I’m going to work in my small cozy Baltic city.

This weeks, the Liepaja river hosts dozens of fishermen way to his mouth, every day and night in the Tirdzniecības Canal.


Ramón Couto 04 Febrero 2010


Posted by: Ramone | 29 January 2010

Sky is the limit

Versión en españolSky is the limit

–       Su único pesar no era su soledad, sino que las otras gaviotas se negasen a creer en la gloria que les esperaba al volar; que se negasen a abrir sus ojos y a ver.
Aprendía más cada día.

–       No hay nada más difícil en el mundo que convencer a un pájaro de que es libre, y de que lo puede probar por sí mismo si sólo se pasara un rato practicando.

–       Somos libres de ir donde queramos y de ser lo que somos.

–       Rompe las cadenas de tu pensamiento, y romperás también las cadenas de tu cuerpo.

Juan Salvador Gaviota. – Richard Bach –

To want is to can. I have been always sure about this, and now every day more sure of it. After several months here, I can say that the experience of doing an EVS is exceptional and deserves to be shared with everybody, and that should be, and it’s, the main aim of this blog. Bring to you my experiences in first person, and know that you also can live everithing that here is writing. You can’t imaginate how much you learn every day until you look backward with hindsight and perspective. Outside are thousands of experiences waiting for you, only when you break the daily routine and embark yourself on this adventure … avaiable to anyone.

Flying gull welcoming us in the Sweden sea.   28.11.09


EVS is also like a small summary of a life on fast forward. At the begining you’re coming into a strange world for you, and your first steps begins with your new life; Knowing around the city, the country, the place and your aims here. Pronuncing your first words in their language, trying to comunicate. Living side by side with your friends. Those who today walking with you, one day also them will leave your life in the same way as they had come. Steady parade of souls that reminds you how much fleeting is everithing around us, and only matters now

And this is also one of the most wonderful things. Knowing so many different people. People from many countries, cultures, concerns, and searches. People with so much to tell, we have so much for listening… with a kind of unique experiences that you can only listen when you are in this circles. Dreams come true, and sights higher still. And more doors that open… just spread your wings. Like all the histories that one day had been outlined in a dream, that’s how my journey has begun on this lands.

And I know that the best is yet to come. Yet to start the real project for which I have coming here, and for wich I’m really looking forward.


Ramón Couto. 29 Enero 2010

Posted by: Ramone | 16 January 2010

Spanish Way

Versión en español: Spanish way

La improvisación es la piedra de toque del ingenio.

– Molière –

How you play a note is just as important as what the note is. 

– Henry Kaiser –


Last Thursday, the 14th of January, David and I have had the opportunity to talk for about forty pupils about our own project, life in Liepaja, experiences in the voluntary work, and especially what it means and how much does the European Voluntary Service we are developing. With us also were Oscar and Raimon, two Spanish volunteers from Torrelavega and Barcelona respectively, which also cooperate with the EVS.

Raimon works in Lithuania in Kaunas city, and his visit here was more for holydays, to know Liepaja and Riga and maybe see the contrast among both Baltic countries, which in my opinion are quite different. Last November I had the opportunity to visit Kaunas and his project.

Óscar is a Spanish volunteer in Latvia working in Sigulda, and he is currently working on a children’s center in the city. He had been for two weeks hosted at our house and participating in all activities of the project, in a collaborative exchange that I also hope to do in the future in other cities. Óscar is a charismatic, funny and outgoing person, always ready for everything. He has hand great to the people and public speaking, and pupils could enjoy the spanish lessons and other activities which himself proposed.


The preparation of the exhibition was quite fun. Because the Spanish landing in Liepaja, the exhibition took a different direction to balance that so far David and I shared between Austria and Spain cultures. As you know, the mentality of both countries are quite different in many aspects, and it does living and working quite funny at times…

So, finally we decided by a majority doesn’t matters about the exposure way, and don’t divide tasks. Without rules and previous structures. A power point and a video of a few minutes are quite sufficient, the rest is a work for the improvisation. Evidently this messed up David, with their efficient work structures, but very stiff for us, and I must say that for the first time after a few exhibitions, I feel David quite nervous before it began the talk… and is more than curious, because he has an innate talent and tranquility to talk in front the audience as few people I know with his age.


And finally? I think that it was a success. Like a shared dialogue between us and the public, we start to explain without predetermined order, and speaking extemporaneously, in a natural and relaxed way. Questions from students between the explanation became a entertained and interactive lesson. And we needed to talk for one hour, but finally became almost two hours… evidence that things were going well.

Ah! And even the great David was delighted with our pace, of course. Real Spanish way.


Ramón Couto. Sábado 16 Enero de 2010

Oscar is a Spanish volunteer in Latvia Sigulda is currently working on a children’s center in the city. He had been two weeks stay at my house with me and participating in all activities of our project in a collaborative exchange that I hope to do in the future in other cities. Oscar is the typical charismatic, funny and outgoing, of those who always “point to a bombing.” Have much power to the people and public speaking, and students were able to enjoy Spanish classes and other activities which he himself proposed.
Posted by: Ramone | 16 December 2009

Interviews in Latvian newspaper

My first interview in the local newspaper of Liepāja it was on 28.October. 2009:

Pārsteidz Latvijas daba un atvērtie cilvēki
(The surprise of Latvia, and the open nature of the people)

Yesterday, I had the oportunity to talk again for the newspaper. It was really great… Thanks for this oportunityLigita… again!!!

Ramón Couto: Enjoying the new city ( Ramons Kouto: Priecē jaunā pilsētas “dekorācija” )

Of course you can use Google translator if your Latvian language is not so great 😉

Newspaper oficial page

Ramón Couto 16.12.2009

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