Sunday, July 22, 2012

Jipijapa, la odisea...


Intenso...


16/julio/2012
Despues de un asalto en Baltimore la noche previa al viaje, embarcamos rumbo a Washington, con tráfico incluido, pensé que no llegaba!! Y tanto que llegué, pues Washington-NY estaba cancelado!
Reubicamos en el mismo vuelo pero al dia siguiente. Regresa a casa desde Washington.
Llega al aeropuerto, y sorpresa, vuelven a cancelar el vuelo!!. Será una señal? me pregunto.
Me reubican en vuelo DCA-Miami.  Está claro que por NY no es posible...

17/julio/2012
Consigo embarcar a Miami. Con un nudito en la garganta, siguen sin gustarme las despedidas...Llego a Miami, la azafata nos dice: Welcome to Miami, Bienvenidos a Miami.
Primera sorpresa, vuelo retrasado aproximadamente 2 horas!. Es una señal, los astros están intentando decirme algo, pero el qué? Y como si nada, a nadie la importa, nadie dice nada. Pregunto, y amablemente me dicen, es sólo un retraso....SOLO? Me han cancelado el vuelo DOS veces, en dos dias!! y te miran encima como si les pidieras un favor. La de atención al cliente, hablando por telefono, parece que le molesto que le interrumpiera. Y cuando el cansancio empieza a hacer efecto, empezamos a embarcar. A modo de distracción, porque nos quedamos en el avión casi media hora.
Bienvenidos a Guayaquil dice la azafata. Guayaquiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Por fin, pensé que no iba a llegar.
Y allí me esperaban mis padres fabulosos, y mis nuevos compañeros. Como campeones aguantando la noche, el retraso y las horas de espera en el aeropuerto. Gracias!

Impresiones...
Nos lleva sólo dos horas llegar de Guayaquil a Jipijapa. Quién lo iba a decir hace 10 años! La carretera contrasta enormemente con las casitas de caña y adobe que la bordean.
Jipijapa, Xipixapa...el pueblo rodeado de árboles, con casas mitad cañizo, mitad cemento y entero por descubrir.... .

Continuará....

Sunday, July 01, 2012

GIS training opportunity for Latin American applicants

The Societal Impacts Committee of the GSDI Association will provide a free training opportunity for up to three candidates from Latin America to attend the ICLPST (International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training) training Seminar on Geographical Information Systems and Land Management in Taipei. The training seminar will begin on September 12, 2012 and conclude on September 25, 2012. 

Chinese Taipei is the sponsor of the training program that entrusts ICLPST to carry out the project. Each candidate must satisfy the following guidelines:

(a) Candidates must be an individual member of the International Geospatial Society (IGS) or must be affiliated with an organization that is a member of the GSDI Association.

(b) Candidates must be proficient in both spoken and written English in order to be able to follow lectures and instructions conducted in English. Nominees with basic computer skills will be considered more suitable for this course.

(c) Candidates must be persons who are presently working as an administrator, planner or project analyst in areas such as land use and management, urban planning, land surveying, spatial data infrastructure, geographic information systems, etc.

(d) Candidates must be under the age of 55 and must be medically certified as fit for study and travel abroad. Please see the referenced Medical Report form for the required physical check-up. Those who are taking medication for chronic diseases have to prepare sufficient medication for the duration of the stay in Chinese Taipei.

All participants should have valid passports and visas (they shall apply for a visa valid for at least a one month stay) for entry into Chinese Taipei. Please note that each participant will receive a round-trip, economy-class air ticket for travel between his/her country's capital city and Taipei by the most direct route, and will be provided with board and lodging expenses during the training seminar. The participant is fully responsible to pay for any and all other incidental expenses in connection with the travel such as visa fees, airport taxes, en-route hotel accommodations, etc.

To better facilitate discussions among the participants and with the lecturers, we require that every participant prepare a country paper about developments in their home country to be presented in class. The topic should be relevant to the theme of the course (see the curriculum). Each country-based presentation is limited to 20 minutes. A computer and projector will be provided by the Center (ICLPST) for the presentation. However, outside the presentation, participants are expected to bring and use their own laptop computers during the training seminar.

If you are interested in the training seminar, please fill in the application form found at http://memberservices.gsdi.org/files/?artifact_id=1076 and send it to Mr. Jeremy Shen, vice chair of the Societal Impacts Committee of the GSDI Association atjeremyshen0120@hotmail.com or moi0795@moi.gov.tw before July 15, 2012. Every application submitted will be reviewed by GSDI Association's Societal Impacts Committee and the President of the International Geospatial Society. Selections should occur within 7 to 10 days. If accepted, the candidate will need to summit the required Medical Report form (seehttp://memberservices.gsdi.org/files/?artifact_id=1077) within two weeks after being informed.