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The rain in Spain…

January 22, 2008

Before I begin, I’d like to thank all the readers who have dropped by this blog even though I’ve been absorbed in work and writing my thesis. In the past very intense three months, I got a job offer to go to work for a Spanish newspaper in Madrid. So from February, I hope to start writing about life in Spain.

I used to live there with my family in 1996-1998. Having grown up in Southern California, southern Spain was very much like home but without the skyscrapers and the madness you’ll find in Los Angeles. It’s a quieter place in Europe and in Latin America at the same time.

If any of you are interested, my thesis was on a Finnish colony founded in subtropical Argentina in 1906. A wild place just like when the West was conquered by white Americans. In Misiones, located in northeast Argentina, there were very few Amerindians when the Finns and other Europeans colonized the region.

I’ll leave you with one of ten portraits that I exhibited recently in Finland. One of these exhibitions was at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki (http://www.kaapelitehdas.fi/index.html?menuid=227&aid=1198)

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This is the first of ten portraits of my photo exhibition called “Journey to Colonia Finlandesa.” The text is in Finnish. It tells about how the colony looked back in 1984. It was back then a very empty and poor place.

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