Category Archives: On The Road

The Wonders of Wanda Mines in Northern Argentina

In June of this year while visiting Iguazu Falls in Misiones Province in Northern Argentina, I decided to do a side-trip to a recommended site in the region. This ended up being a very informative and enjoyable day trip which I am now finally posting about.

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By Jean-Jacques


Iguazu Falls – South America

Waterfalls with Rainbow – Iguacu National Park – Brazil

 

A visit to Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil on June 14 and 15 (the river forms the border between the two countries.)

There are two galleries – one for Iguazú National Park in Argentina and one for Iguaçu National Park in Brazil. 

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By J.J. Montagnier

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Peruvian Colours and Contrasts – All in a Day’s Trip – Moray, Maras and Kantu Weaving Centre

Kantu Weaving Centre, Chinchero, Cusco  - Peru Colours and Contrasts

Kantu Weaving Center, Chinchero, Cusco area. (1)

On Sunday the 14th of April, a day after I arrived in Cusco on the weekend before Easter, I did one of the many excursions that are available from Cusco city. The Maras and Moray excursion is quite a well known one, although not the most popular, but it is one of the best day trips in the Sacred Valley due to the jam-packed itinerary and especially the colours and contrasts encountered  on this excursion – all in one day.

By Jean-Jacques

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Caral – The Ancient Lost City of Peru

Caral - The Ancient Lost City of Peru

Caral in Peru is estimated to be at least 5000 years old.

Two hundred kilometres north of Lima lies the recently discovered remnants of one of the most ancient centres of a civilisation yet to be unearthed in modern times.

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By J.J. Montagnier

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Energy Transitions (Part 6) – There Are No Limits To Growth

 

There Are No Limits to Growth - Tikal - Guatemala

Temple of the Great Jaguar, Tikal, Guatemala – photo by JJM.

[This is an extract from Chapter 6 in the ENERGY SHIFTS series at GypsyCafe.org]

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There Are No Limits To Growth

There are no limits to growth. Although there are limits to external growth, there are no limits to internal growth. One thing that will never change is our will to grow. As humans, we are absolutely driven to grow. The very reason why we are here is to grow – but not only materially so, and that is where we need to change our thinking. What has to change is the way that we grow. We need to shift our approach from being outer-growth-oriented to inner-growth-oriented.

The Great Shift

Growth is cyclical; sometimes it is material and sometimes it is spiritual (as illustrated in Part 5). We have entered an era of exponential spiritual growth while the window for material growth is closing. Most people are so committed to material growth that they are unable to make the shift in advance – and few are even contemplating it.

From Circles to Spirals

Material growth is a closed circle – a self-reinforcing loop that relies on the continuous availability of limited external material resources, some of which we will eventually run out of, without there being any substitutes.

Spiritual growth in the form of inner self-development is an open, ascending spiral with infinite growth potential that draws on unlimited intangible resources within and which can be tapped indefinitely for internal expansion.

Making the Shift

The whole objective of self-development and self-transformation is to grow beyond the general state of being that is the standard level of development of the times.  Those who follow this path become the pioneers who traverse The Valley of Shadows in advance. They transcend the limits of the present paradigm early by living in the next paradigm consciously and practically, while still being in the old paradigm at the same time.

The Inner Growth Imperative

The inner growth imperative will, one day, become as powerful as the outer growth imperative is today. To be in line with the new energy in advance, we would need to switch over from an external economic growth imperative – based on material and physical accumulation and consumption – to an internal self-realization growth imperative that is based on internal expansion and the accumulation of non-tangible inner-wealth.

Once we have made this shift consciously and intellectually, we will have the ability to be happy with less and we will be able to embrace the coming changes more naturally. We will also have reduced our carbon footprint in advance. Individuals who choose this path are a minority, but they will be better positioned to pioneer and conceptualize new ways of living compared to people living exclusively in a material growth paradigm physically and mentally.

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By J.J. Montagnier

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Peruvian Selection

People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins

Girl with Alpaca - Peru

Girl with Alpaca – Peru

I patched together an itinerary by working out a route which would connect the main places I was going to visit (Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco & Inca Trail) with coach journeys in-between, which would include stopping at various points of interest along the way..

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Visiting Peru
Photography by Jean-Jacques M
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Inca Trail Highlights

The Classic Inca Trail
Peru, South America
Parts 1 & 2

Inca Trail View 5

Llactapata (aka Patallacta) – originally used for crop production and storage. Elevation: 2840m.

Winay Wayna

Wiñay Wayna – In Inca times this site was the last rest and cleansing point before arrival at Machu Piccu. Elevation: 2650m

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The Classic Inca Trail – January 2016
Photography by Jean-Jacques M
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Solar Powered Floating Islands

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Modern power for traditional living

Modern power for traditional living

Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia.

Uros Islands – Lake Titicaca – Peru

Uros Islands – Lake Titicaca – Peru – January 2016

The floating Uros islands were originally created in pre-Colombian times when the small Uros tribe needed to find a solution for being attacked by various other tribes.

Solar Panel between reed homes – its “stem” camouflaged with reeds.

Solar Panel between reed homes – its “stem” camouflaged with reeds.

Today many of the floating islands have solar power, which has modernised their lifestyles. Urus people can now cook without having to make fire, reducing the accompanying hazards. The islanders can also charge their cell phones and even watch television and run small refrigerators.

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Visiting Peru – January 2016
Photography by Jean-Jacques M.
Information from guides, locals & research
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Copán – Exploring Ancient Maya Sites

Ruins covered with organic materials accumulated over 100's of years - Copán, Honduras, September 2015.

Ruins covered with organic materials accumulated over 100’s of years – Copán, Honduras, September 2015.

“Nature’s resources and magic were at the centre of Maya life. At the same time, it was misuse of nature that paved an important role in the collapse of the civilisation. Today, we can ask ourselves what we have learned from the Maya and what message we shall leave for our grandchildren’s grandchildren.”
– Copán Nature Trail

The West court of Copán - partly covered with organic materials - September 2015.

The West court of Copán – partly covered with organic materials – September 2015.

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Photography by Jean-Jacques M
Quotes from nature trail signboards at Copán Maya Ruins, Honduras, Central America
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Exploring Easter Island – Day 5 (Part 1)

After ascending the opposite side of the crater I was rewarded with an exhilarating view of the lake, as well as the valley behind me. I took my time to take it all in, with sunshine filtering through the clouds from time to time.

After ascending the opposite side of the crater I was rewarded with an exhilarating view of the lake, as well as the valley behind me. I took my time to take it all in, with sunshine filtering through the clouds from time to time.

I woke up at about 3am and something was amiss. It was quiet outside. The stormy weather had died down. This could just be a lull I thought, but what if it holds? I reset my alarm and went back to sleep, holding thumbs.

I was up early. It was still dark, but everything seemed calm outside. The owner of the B&B had a full-time tenant who worked at Rano Rarako and I was hoping to get a lift with him, with the aim to hike from there right around the north coast.

Considering the forecast I knew it was a bit ambitious, but at the very least I would get to see the inside of the crater behind the quarry at Rano Raraku, which I didn’t see the day before.

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Exploring Easter Island
Photographs and text by Jean-Jacques M.
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Exploring Easter Island – Ahu Tongariki & Rano Raraku

Ahu Tongariki - Rapa Nui - June 2015.

Ahu Tongariki – Rapa Nui. June 2015. By Jean-Jacques. Gypsycafe.org

Exploring Easter Island – Highlights of Day 4
Photographs by Jean-Jacques M.
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Exploring Easter Island – Caves, Countryside & Moai

Ahu Akivi - Rapa Nui - June 2015

Ahu Akivi – Rapa Nui – June 2015

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Exploring Easter Island – Highlights of Day 3
Photographs by Jean-Jacques M.
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Exploring Easter Island – Day 1

Ahu Vai – Tahai Sunset. Rapa Nui. June 2015.

Ahu Vai – Tahai Sunset. Rapa Nui. June 2015.

I found myself booking this flight to Rapa Nui about two months after my arrival in South America. I had already booked the Santiago leg and was playing with the idea of trying to make it out to Easter Island as well. I was naturally drawn to it, but I wasn’t sure whether it would be doable or affordable so soon after my arrival in the region, so I didn’t take the time to look into it further at that stage. I checked again a couple of weeks later and things fell into place, my auto-pilot kicked in, I booked the flight and several weeks later, here I was about to land on Rapa Nui…

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Photographs and text by Jean-Jacques M.

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Free your MIND

Open your mind, free your mind

Open your mind, free your mind

Outside at ‘Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo’, situated in Uruguay’s oldest prison. Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015.  Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. with Pentax K50 DSLR.

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Fried Grey Matter

Fried Grey Matter

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Photographed by Jean-Jacques M.
Cordón, Montevideo, Uruguay, 12.04.2015
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Excerpt:

“In the present day we consume 5 to 10 times as much electronically-delivered content as 10 or 15 years ago, and much of it low quality. This situation is unprecedented in the history of humanity, yet we have no real mechanisms in place for managing it. Of course, logically-speaking, just as each and every person is responsible for their own eating habits, they are also responsible for how they consume media and entertainment. Human beings need space for self-development and with our free time being taken up by a plethora of distractions, self-development languishes. This might explain the infantile and immature actions we witness by “grown-ups” on the internet, a very recent phenomenon.

Similar to how the overconsumption of unhealthy food can contaminate one’s physical body, the same happens with the psyche with excessive and compulsive consumption of tabloid news, mindless entertainment and narcissism-inducing celebrity and social media, as well as compulsive social networking. It’s just that the effects are invisible to the naked eye as opposed to food, but binge-consumption of anything will eventually lead to negative effects one way or the other.”

Quoted from the (updated) column, Building the New World Within – Part 7, by Jean-jacques M. © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Read the full article.


Rustic ARTitecture

Rustic Building with Street Art in San Telmo District, Buenos Aires, March 2015. Photographed by Jean-Jacques with Pentium P30T Film SLR & Fuji Film ISO 200. Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Gypsy Café

Rustic ‘Artitecture’ – San Telmo District, Buenos Aires, March 2015.

I arrived in South America 3 weeks ago and got these shots with my Film SLR and then as usual I had to wait for them to be developed. I might take most of my future shots with my Digital SLR as it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to get film processed, no matter where you are in the world. – Jean-Jacques

Rustic Building with Street Art in San Telmo District,
Buenos Aires, March 2015.
Photographed by Jean-Jacques M.
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The Liffey Cuts The City…

The City Poetry

The Liffey Cuts THE CITY……Like a meandering blue vein, ANCIENT POETRY……ECHOES IN SOFT RAIN

Just over a year ago I returned from Ireland. For me this is so recent that I could just as well still be there, but I’m not. I could just step out of my Irish Sea red brick sea-facing house (in which I rented a small apartment), jump on a bus and be in the city centre in about 12 minutes flat, traffic depending, but I can’t.

The beauty of travel for me is that I’m travelling even when I’m not. I’m there and here at the same time and everywhere else where I’ve been before. Naturally it’s where I’ve been most recent where I’m mostly still at. No long-haul journeys with stop-overs or continent hopping or hemisphere exchanges required. The experiences, visuals and insights you had, especially the intense ones, linger and mature and eventually return as a memory-filled kaleidoscopic landscape of sorts that meanders through your mind.

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By Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

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Photographs by Jean-Jacques.


Gypsy Café has Relocated…

 

Cafe de Cuba

Dear Visitors

We are happy to announce that Gypsy Café has moved to it’s own space:

gypsycafe.org

All Welcome.  See you there!

Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café


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