Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2022/10 Moments October 2022

Madrid, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Mora La Nova, Spain; Mora d’Ebre, Spain; Valleta de Piro; Toronto, Ontario

Puerta Del Príncipe
Puerta Del Príncipe: Changing of the guard at the Royal Palace of Madrid on Saturday 1pm is for show, as only state ceremonies have been done in the building since the official residence moved in 1975. On the hour, the two guards and the horses are changed. Arriving late for the previous half hour, we strolled the greenery of the Jardines de Sabatini to the north, where stables were formerly located. (Puerta Del Príncipe, Calle de Bailén, Madrid , Spain) 20221001

Mercado de San Fernando: Saturday 3:30pm the market was noisy, with restaurants and bars full of customers. Aside from the light in the central atrium, the warren of corridors was full of occupied stools, that visitors would have to weave around to locate a very few real retail stores where food could be brought for meals at home. Earlier, we opted for a quieter lunch up in Los Mostenses, when the renmants of an old Chinatown were evident. (Mercado de San Fernando, Calle de Embajadores, Madrid, Spain, 20221001

La Casa Encendida
La Casa Encendida: Courtyard exhibits for “Ecologías para otras arquitecturas” [Ecologies for Other Architectures] two-day show. Foreground TAKK [Mireia Luzárraga + Alejandro Muiño] 2022 (No)humanos: Refugios para cotorras [(Non-)human: shelters for monk parakeets] wooden slats and metal mesh catenaries covered with mud, branches and grass hope to attract descendants of the Argentine parrots who have become invasive and are under extermination. Background Pareid Architecture (2022) ​​Desmantelamiento gamificado: Variaciones de una cabaña primitiva [​​Gamed dismantling: variations of a primitive cabin] made of reclaimed wood held together by clamps, is the minimum needs for a shelter for a physical computer gamer’s hut. (La Casa Encendida, Plaza de San Martin, Madrid, Spain) 20221001
Chocolateria San Gines
Chocolateria San Gines: Two orders of hot dark chocolate fondue with 6 churros each, to end off a full day of touring Madrid. At 9pm, the outdoor tables had a queue waiting, but we were seated within minutes at an indoor table of the cafe founded in 1894. DY calculates the calories higher in the churros than in the chocolate, possibly forgiveable with the 26,000 steps taken this day. (Chocolatería San Ginés, Pasadizo de San Ginés, Madrid, Spain) 20221001

Museo de Historia de Madrid
Museo de Historia de Madrid: A litter to transport sick patients by the Hermandad del Refugio de Madrid [Madrid Brotherhood of Rufuge], founded 1615, for the needy and homeless on city streets. Learned that Madrid as primarily a centre for royals and finance, with few craftsmen or manufacturers before the 20th century. In addition, the disconnection between Spanish royalty and the common people led to the fall of the nation to Napoleon in the early 1800s, and issues with leadership for many centuries. (Museo de Historia de Madrid, Calle de Fuencarral, Madrid, Spain) 20221002

Teleferico de Madrid: Cablecar return from Estación de Casa de Campo in Parque Casa de Campo, eastbound to Estación Rosales in Parque del Oeste. Each journey is 11 minutes, crossing over Rio Manzanares, train tracks northwest from Príncipe Pío station, and the Autopista de Circunvalación M-30 motorway. Overivew of sparse trees in the arid climate, with a few picnics and solo thinkers under the shade. (Teleferico de Madrid, Estación Rosales, Madrid, Spain) 20221002

Estacion Madrid - Puerta de Atocha
Estacion Madrid – Puerta de Atocha: Boarded Renfe Alta Velocidad Española [Spanish High Speed Train] to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. Up to peak 300 kph, the journey took 2.5 hours. Countryside terrain arid to almost desert, first travelling northeast to Zaragoza, and then eastbound with more civilization approaching the sea. (Estación Madrid – Puerta de Atocha, Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, Madrid) 20221003
Platja de la Barceloneta
Platja de la Barceloneta: View from Barceloneta Beach down the coast south slightly after dusk might not have been improved 10 minutes earlier, because the set doesn’t set when facing east. The seaside neighbourhood is a peninsula, with restaurants and hotels ringing the waterfront. Coming from a hotel on the west side, the bus route took us by two large cruise ships at port. (Platja de la Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain) 20221003
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia: On the Nativity Facade, rode to elevator up to 65 metres of the 98 metre height, and started the 504-step descent on the spiral staircase. A few minutes down, through the chain links covering an open window, the pinnacles on the apse pediment feature sculptures of the spring fruit of the Virgin Mary. e.g. rose hips, oleaster, dates, olives and grapes. Other visitors were patient with our careful stepping on shaded steps, our thighs were wobbly near the end. (La Sagrada Familia, Calle de Mallorca, Barcelona, Spain) 20221004
Museu d'Història de Barcelona
Museu d’Història de Barcelona: In 1995, a clock found in disuse at Boqueria market was handed over to the museum. It was traced back to 1907, by the watchmaker of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Barcelona, Josep Besses. This was part of the temporary exhibition “Alimentar Barcelona. Ciutat, proveïment i salut” [Feed Barcelona. City, supply and health] on food security within the municipality and region. We preceded that show with a walk underground through the ruins of the old city governed by Rome from 10 BCE until the fall of the empire. (Museu d’Història de Barcelona, Plaça del Rei, Barcelona, Spain) 20221014
Pavimento Miro
Pavimento Miro: The mosaic, 8-metres in diameter, was 6000 terrazzo tiles designed in 1976 by Joan Miró, intended to be unprotected, with pedestrians walking over it every day. With the surface deteriorating and colours fading, the Barcelona City Council restored the artwork in 2006 to mark its 30th anniversary. The pathway is busy, so inattentive travellers are likely interrupt any unrehearsed photograph. (Plaza de la Boquería, La Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain) 20221004
Museu d'Historia de Catalunya
Museu d’Historia de Catalunya: Diorama of farming when the region was called Al-Andulus, as dry farming of wheat was transitioned in the 11th century to more varied produce through introduction of the technology of irrigation, by the Moors (Muslim rulers). Museum traced Catalonia back to ancient Roman rule, up to the 20th century leadership by and after Francisco Franco. Educational short history of socioeconomics, coincided with two teachers giving lectures to classes of school-aged children. (Museu d’Història de Catalunya, Placa de Pau Vila, Barcelona, Spain)
Mora la Nova train station
Mora la Nova train station: Arriving by train, this small town shows its size by the narrow pedestrian walk that crosses over tracks that are active only a few times per day. Terminus was less chaotic than departure at Barcelona-Sants, where the electronic signs were slow catching up the reality of late trains forcing a shift of platforms, back up the escalators and then down the other side. Attending research symposium across the river in Mora d’Ebre for 3 days, at a base set up by the CSRP Institute. (Mora la Nova, Tarragona, Spain) 20221005
Cafe Noisette
Cafe Noisette: Break for lunch at the CSRP Institute Symposium on one of the small plazas in town, just down the street from the 200-year old Catalan townhouse. Gained advantage of meeting in person, for continuing discussion and adding ideas. Hidden behind the trees is a statue of Julio Antonio, Spanish sculptor 1889-1990). (Cafè Noisette, Plaça de Dalt, Móra d’Ebre, Tarragona, Spain) 20221006

Castell de Mora, Ebro river: The castle of Mora is documented back to 1060, when the a Catalan nobleman Mir Geribert, the self-declared Prince of Olèrdola, attempted to to conquer the Muslim fortress, and died during the attack. In the 15th century, the castle was fortified for the First Carline War, and then again in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 as a command and supply centre. By the end of that war, the ruin was total. The river Ebre (in Catalan, or Ebro in Spanish) was the dividing line after the First Punic War (264-241 BC) between the Romans to the north (where Mora la Nova is today) and the Carthaginans to the south (where Mora d’Ebre has been). (Castell de Mora, Raval de Jesús, Móra d’Ebre, Tarragona, Spain) 20221006

Església del Sagrat Cor + Convent de les Mínimes
Església del Sagrat Cor + Convent de les Mínimes: Arrived too late for doors to be open for the 6:30pm service, at the Church of the Sacred Heart, inaugurated in 1894. Alongside the Convent of the Minimes, the female branch of the congregation founded by San Francisco de Paula in the 1500s was chartered by Sister Filomena Ferrer Galzeran in her home town of Mora d’Ebre. While the tomb of Sister Filomena was destroyed in 1936, her cause for beatification was introduced on 1891, leading to Pope Leo XIII declaring her venerable in 1897, and Pope John Paul II approving her decree as a saint in 1989. (Església del Sagrat Cor + Convent de les Mínimes, Plaça de la Venerable Sor Filomena Ferrer, Móra d’Ebre, Tarragona, Spain) 20221007
Valleta de Piro
Valleta de Piro: Outer structure of a two-bedroom house unoccupied for some years, renovations are in the plans for the new owners. The land below is terraced, but the vegetation has reverted to the wild, and needs to be managed. On the ridge in the distance, windmills were turning and generating electricity. (Valleta de Piro, La Torre de l’Espanyol, Tarragona, Spain) 20221009
Valleta de Piro
Valleta de Piro: Picking ripe olives off the tree, they weren’t ready a few weeks ago. The nuts from the almond trees are finished for the year. Lots of rosemary and other herbs on the land, research required to identify other species. Shallow cave is a rock shelter, function to be determined. (Valleta de Piro, La Torre de l’Espanyol, Tarragona, Spain) 20221009
Universitat de Barcelona Business School
Universitat de Barcelona Business School: Lectured on “Knowing Better Via Systems Thinking” for @ryanarmstrongHQ @ubbusinessbcn International Operations Management third-year class. Joined by colleagues from Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute towards building academic relationships witin Spain. Gave students a bigger perspective on learning, beyond the test scheduled for Thursday. (Universitat de Barcelona Business School, Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain) 20221010
Universitat de Barcelona Business School
Universitat de Barcelona Business School: Explored common research interests @ubbusinessbcn with @ryanarmstrongHQ and Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute members coming in on day trip from Mora d’Ebre, Tarragona. Call for papers for special issue on disruption and change is well suited for our current systems thinking agenda. Discussed initiating students in a broader mindset, not encouraged by multiple-choice tests. (Universitat de Barcelona Business School, Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain) 20221010
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport: Sometimes hard to tell the difference between an airport terminal and a shopping mall. Relatively quick check in process, airport lounge is on pier D, AC flight is at end of pier E, a 10 minute walk. Focused time to get Systems Thinking Ontario announcement done before boarding plane. (Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain) 20221011
Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre
Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre: Casted vote in last hour of advance polls for Toronto municipal election. No line up, showed voter card and ID, received ballot, filled in 3 bubbles. My preference is to judge the candidates from a bigger picture, rather than focusing on last minute promises and pleas. (Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre, Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20221014
The Bentway
The Bentway: Road noise from Gardiner Expressway overhead mixed with musical field by @annebourne, #StripedCanary (2022) Confluence installation of stacked reshaped picnic tables evokes underground rivers of Toronto. Made online reservation for viewing timeslot, welcomed by friendly check-in staff. Walked west up ramps, crossing over marsh south of the railway tracks. (The Bentway, Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20221016

Confluence installation at The Bentway: Under the Gardiner Expressway at Exhibition Place, road sound overhead mixes with musical field by #AnneBourne , #StripedCanary (2022) Confluence installation of stacked reshaped picnic tables evokes underground rivers of Toronto. https://www.thebentway.ca/2022/09/15/news-confluence/

The St. Regis
The St. Regis: Toronto alumni of @KelloggSchool met with Dean #FrancescaCornelli , in town for Kellogg-Schulich graduation next day. I was the earliest graduate at the event by over 15 years. Side discussion with director on challenges of pandemic in-person student classes on Evanston campus. (The St. Regis, Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221020
Comedy Bar
Comedy Bar: Friday date night to @BadDogTheatre #Theatresports show, some laughs going into the weekend. Forty years of performances, two teams of three actors, improv games in three rounds. Moderator requests themes from the audience, scoring both by a judge and the levels of applause. (Comedy Bar, Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20221021
The Rex
The Rex: Started with daylight on Queen Street West, early evening set @andrewmarzotto guitar, @jonchapmanmusic bass, @austinonthedrums . Last of 4 week residency, covering familiar mainstream compositions. Glad to have options to listen to local music, aside from the few weeks of jazz festivals in the summer. (The Rex, Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20221027

Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel: Rooftop view with patio heaters, reception mostly inside celebrating @TimOkamuraArt hosted by @PRGallery in town for @ArtToronto. We arrived early at Evangeline on 14th floor, later hearing of others queued up downstairs due to capacity constraints. Walking back to our car, passed many clubgoers dressed for Halloween, not our typical evenings these days. (Ace Hotel, Camden Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221028

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