Before heading to the out islands of Puerto Rico, we take in some of the history and culture of this 500 year old city. Now delightful, colorful, and friendly, Old San Juan in the 1980s was considered "everything thats wrong with Puerto Rico". Now the area is a good example of what humanity can do right.
As I depart for San Juan, I ponder the fate of the Taino, who made bold voyages far out of sight of land to discover and colonized the Islands of the Eastern Caribbean. How far was their first ocean voyage, and from where on the mainland did they originally depart? Over the next few weeks I'll be investigating the maritime history of these early voyages of exploration, but right now I'm still wondering; What traces of this sea faring society still exist in modern Puerto Rico, and how will I find them?
I recently got turned on to Artist,Writer and Speaker Austin Kleon as a source of inspiration ( thanks, Artist Sally Binard). While he is inspiring, and gets a lot done, I found myself contradictoraly responding with jealousy instead of action that he gets invited to speak at Google and TedX ,and I don't.
Maybe its because he is a powerful visual communicator, and I'm not. Check out his site. And he did inspire me enough that I wrote him an email asking for a list of all of his tricks so that I could do a better job at Sharing My Excitement for Scientific Exploration. Here's what it said....
My Name is Eric and My Job is Scientific Exploration.
That means I'm lucky enough to join expeditions to excavate sunken cities, climb volcanoes, find missing bombs, and Sail old research vessels, while searching for the mysteries of the natural world.