17 Comments
Nov 26, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Key West was known by Hemingway as "The St Tropez of the poor." It was close to perfect when Hemingway arrived via Paris through Havana. I love Key West, our Southernmost point; The Hemingway House & Museum with 50 or so cats roaming around, all descendants of Snow White; cafe con leche, Blue Heaven with its Cuban food and even bluer waters.

I love that Hemingway was your inspiration for The Camino and all things Pamplona. You proved as your inspiration did, Pilgrims are more than nomads; their journey is an inner and outer experience that changes them.

In your writings and videos The Camino with its real Pilgrims comes alive. There is a certain trust I see between the two; a knowledge that you are all walking together; and that trust now carries forward to partners such as Swiss Re.

Hemingway is quoted: "The way to make people trust worthy is to trust them." In today's world, it is nice to have people we trust and who tell the truth with all of its reflections. Thank you. Para ti!!

Expand full comment
Nov 26, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Perfect.

“One man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face." ~ W.B. Yeats

Expand full comment
founding

That's quite a journey you took us on in this newsletter. I enjoyed that.

I have a great-aunt who was a baby in July 1923. She'll be 101 in January. It's equally fascinating that we can visit places people spent time in 100 years ago and also surprising that so many places are still there. I mean the world has changed so much, yet we can still follow authors' footsteps.

I love your pictures. Great selection, great composition, great addition to the story.

I must admit that despite my MA in English language and literature, you know a lot more about Hemingway than I ever will. Who knew he was a vandal and carved his name into a piano?

Thinking about climate change and how you could best show its effects when walking the Camino this year must have added another layer to an already grueling experience. Thank you for doing that. The interviews were really informative and the video material you contributed from the Camino made everything more tangible.

BIt cold to go sit in that park in Zurich and read Hemingway at the moment, but I might just have to do that at some point. Everything's connected and we truly are all in this together.

Expand full comment
founding
Nov 25, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Wonderfully written.

Memories of the first Camino and dangers you encountered almost immediately. The horrific wildfires and torturous heat. And then seeing nature rebound on this year’s journey. Your experiences on Camino combined with decades devoted to climate and environment made the natural connection to inspire the series of videos in tandem with Swiss Re.

Each of the interviews gave an interesting tutorial in ways an insurance company, while working to protect their own interest to minimize their financial exposure, can aid in offsetting risks to global vulnerability by mitigating the climate risks.

These were excellent interviews, so well done. With COP28 about to kick off, the timeliness is perfect. Working together with purpose and commitment is key to meeting the enormous task ahead and is exactly the way COP28 must unite all countries.

Although her focus is on saving democracy by convicting Donald Trump and removing him from presidential consideration, Joyce Vance signs off her newsletter saying, “We’re in this together.”

Same applies to saving the planet.

Expand full comment
Nov 26, 2023·edited Nov 26, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Love your Photos and article. 🙏🪷🌻💯

Expand full comment
founding

I’ll be back........

Expand full comment
founding
Nov 25, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

An "expert" interpretation of Pilgrim is subjective. The intent of the Pilgrim is in their heart 🌻 Another wonderful essay, photos, video.

While insurance companies are leaving their long-time clients in burning embers and flooded basements, your collaberation with Swiss Re gives me hope for the industry. Well done!

Expand full comment
founding

Hemingway whether in Pamplona or Key West is always a good read. His simplicity in style, his routine of rising early every day to write before pursuing other events of the day demonstrates a commitment to his work that I most admire. And of course his love of the cats that became polydactyl and can be found in shelters as in SC so far from FL even today. I have the urge to read again “The Sun Also Rises” or watch again his biography today, the last day of a weekend I give myself free of the problems of the world to be simply enchanted by it and take in both current and historic events before Monday’s troubles reign again. Excellent article; good to learn of Suiss Ri and their long term attention and development of practices based on perceived climate change. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon in the cooler north. Must admit to waking today to only 40degrees F with central heating turned off conserving energy by using a space heater and warming air filter in “my space” in this leaky old house without my 😽😽 warmers who had sought out warmer corners! First time this season. 😘

Expand full comment