Meeting in Park’s House – Sanabria’s Lake and surroundings

Park’s House entrance

 

“Livestock and fire”

 

This building is located close to Sanabria Lake. Inside we can see a pedagogic exhibition with the geological and regional natural species history.

In this meeting with Miguel Angel Corvo (Comarca’s chef of Environmental Agents), after his workday in the mountains, he told us that ecological education is of fundamental priority in young people’s education.

Frequently he does workshops in schools, but never made them directly in the mount/nature with the students. He is very committed to collaborate in an outside class.

Miguel Angel Corvo on the left and Max Fernandes on the right

School for Tourists: on ‘Culture’

“It could be said, I suppose, that through the deployment of the concept of culture anthropology has created the problem of translation rather than solved it. Having divided the world, through an operation of inversion, we are now left with the pieces that have to be connected together again through translation. Would it not be preferable to move in the opposite direction, to recover the foundational continuity, and from that basis to challenge the hegemony of an alienating discourse? If so, then the concept of culture, as a key term of that discourse, will have to go.”

(Tim Ingold, The Art of Translation in a Continuous World. In G. Palsson (ed.) Beyond Boundaires: Understanding, Translation and Anthropological Discourse, pp.230).

School for Tourists: Learning Spanish

“Far from serving as a common currency for the exchange of otherwise private, mental representations, language celebrates an embodied knowledge of the world that is already shared thanks to people’s mutual involvement in the task of habitation. It is not, then, language per se that ensures the continuity of tradition. Rather it is the tradition of living in the land that ensures the continuity of language.”

(Tim Ingold, The Perception of the Environment: Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, pp.147)

 

Words learnt today:

buitre

cantera

via pecuaria

citricos

mirador

tagarninas

corcho

chaparro

castagño

algorroba

quejigo

herriza

sierra

peridotitas

carril

arroyo

ruta

 

School for Tourists: on Tourists

“One of the good things about tourists in Casares is that they don’t stay. They come for a couple of hours, spend their money and go away.”

(Casareñio)

 

“One of the bad things about tourists in Casares is that the don’t stay. They come for a couple of hours, look around, don’t spend any money and leave.”

(Casareñio)

School for Tourists: on Sight Seeing

“At the heart of both […] corrosive grand narratives of modernity (the neo-Marxist and the neo-Weberian ones) is a temporality framed by loss. […] (In tourism) the Other is part of a premodern society belonging to a non-industrialised period where time is constructed and experienced differently from the time associated with modern society and its labour processes […]. Part of tourisms appeal, then, is that is sells a different kind of time – a slower pace of life – associated with non modern societies, which have not commodified their labour.”

(Alison Phipps and Gavin Jack, Tourism and Intercultural Exchange: Why Tourism Matters,  pp.21)

 

 

School for Tourists: on Settling

“These then are the items the Brecht refers to, in the context of rehearsal process for the theatre, as the ‘least rejected items’. That is to say, these are the kinds of things that through the performance of packing, the listing, sifting, trial runs and rejections, will eventually be chosen as the ones that may best enable the practical performance of being a tourist.:

(Alison Phipps and Gavin Jack, Tourism and Intercultural Exchange: Why Tourism Matters,  pp.59)

 

School for Tourists: on Arrival

“Tourism has […] been considered in terms of people traveling to places, or perhaps more specifically people traveling to places as cultures in mapped space. There is in this approach a presumption of not only a unity of place and culture, but also of an immobility of both in relation to a fixed, cartographically co-ordinated space, with the tourist as one of the wandering figures whose travels, paradoxically, fix places and cultures in this ordered space. This is an understanding of cultures as situated, through an ordering of space, in places; as sites to be travelled to, around and through; culture as the object of detours; cultures as places to visit and come back from…’

(c. Lury, The Objects of Travel. In C. Rojek and J. Urry (eds.) Touring Cultures: Transformations of Travel and Theory, pp.75)