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Returning to Qubel’s blog…

Returning to Qubel’s blog…

This summer has been really unique. Carlos and Pablo departed to the Arctic in an adventure flight with a single engine Maule airplane. The departure took place at Robledillo airdrome in Guadalajara on June the 20th.  Of course the winery, friends and clients were following their findings and evidences of the World Climate Change, already present in remote latitudes along the Arctic Circle. All of us were very anxious to have the daily report about the flights, knowing that weather is critical for an airplane like the Maule which it doesn’t fly high enough to avoid the incidence of meteorology. In so many occasions we were restless, when the communication with them wasn’t available.

In Madrid we took care of publishing their almost daily posts, see the Blog ( in Spanish language and ( in English language. Every post was related to news, comments and findings about the trip. This information came quite regularly depending if   they had Internet access on those remote sites. To keep the blog alive requires a lot of dedication and time, gathering the messages from these guys in the Arctic and placing the information in the right format and pictures in the blog that is why I got a bit behind with the Bodega’s Blog.

Until the end of July I had to devote myself to the flyers on their search for evidences of the World Climate Change, after all, the airplane had been christened with the name of Qubél.

On July 13th, I had a minor accident in the cellar and broke two small bones from my right foot; this made me wear a cast for a month.  Also the accident   held me back from my usual line of duties and caused an earlier return of Carlos, who was still in Canada finishing interviews and helping our Son Raul with the legal formalities to import the airplane into Canada.

In another sort of matters, surprisingly this summer we have experienced a continued activity in the winery, we have been receiving more visitors this summer than any previous years. The sales went up and export enquiries awoke from its summer slipping state.  Some of the Enoteca Qubél visitor’s groups came from Germany, Russia, Japan, USA, and others nationalities, and of course many visitors from the nearby big city of Madrid.

By the end of August, we participated in the promotional campaign named Food from Madrid held at Mercado de San Miguel. Along three days, we occupy a cart in the Central Market and we were offering in this unique area, our wines to tourists, locals and visitors. It was an interesting experience for us, we liked to contact directly with the public, and also enjoyed the lively breathe o and affable atmosphere among customers, merchants and the market staff. That was a good initiative from the Comunidad de Madrid.

Y en este mes de septiembre  nos disponemos a participar en la , de la Comunidad de Madrid, que tendrá lugar el próximo fin de semana en la  sita en la Casa de Campo.

And a late event placed us participating in a new fair at the end of September. This was the First Spanish Artisan’s Cheese Fair (I Feria del Queso Artesano de España) , held in Madrid and organized by the Community of Madrid.

The event took place at the Madrid Chamber of Agriculture (Cámara Agraria de Madrid)  located in the Casa de Campo.We were there with our wines doing a perfect pairing of wine and cheese. Sorry if you missed it.

I ought to mention that early this month, I escaped from work for two weeks with my friend Isabel Palomino, we went to her apartment at the beach side in Isla Canela. (I swear this was a doctor’s recommendation…) Isabel has a wonderful shop near the marine shopping center  called Canela en Rama (Cinnamon Sticks), it is a natural product’s shop, it is organic, and there  you can find all sort of candles, soaps, teas, chocolates, cosmetics, health supplements, artisan jewelry, fair trade … a real delight to your senses…

We had a marvelous time, not paying attention to the watch, which means having anarchic life. We walked the huge beach only meters away from the apartment, expend time playing with the tides, get absorbed by watching the sunset against the marsh. I personally appreciated the friendship with Isabel and with her friends Manolo and family; they are the owners of fantastic dining Restaurante A3, which is facing the marsh.  In  Manolo’s restaurant you can find the best sea fish offer. You can be sure the fish is prepared in the best cooking manner. Some of my favorite’s choices are the seasoned mackerel, the choco stews with beans and peas, rice dishes with lobster, red shrimps and an endless list of different offerings. Their advertisement is based in the fact that the best stew is made by knowing how to choose the best product.

Now Qubel’s winery is ready to face the fall, just hovering with the cool and moist air that we have been missing along this year…

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Second interview: Iceland presidential candidate Ari Trausti

…We also met Ari Trausti, Iceland presidential candidate in today’s elections. It was pre-election day of silence so it was a great privilege that he devoted 45 minutes of his time to us.

At the end of the interview he confessed that he was very interested in the topic because he had been on the verge of doing something similar, a plane trip through the Arctic region, heavily sponsored, to gather relevant information on climate change, but that everything had come to nothing because the Russians had said niet, and the entire Siberian Arctic strip is essential for the analysis.

He is a versatile science-oriented statesman very involved in spreading scientific issues, especially as regards climate change. He basically told us about the real threat of climate change, the rising of the sea level at a pace of 3 mm per year, the deforestation as an unbalancing element in CO2 cycle, the responsibility of human beings – already exponential – in the process, apart from the periods of the Earth – currently interglacial.

…he spoke about research initiatives on alternative energy sources that would allow us to keep our lifestyle in a cleaner way, about awareness-raising campaigns … And he gave us five key ways of changing our habits to individually diminish the said effects, because it’s us, some more than others, who are directly responsible for a great part of the problem:

1. Recycling. 2. Using public transportation. 3. Buying local products to avoid the emissions produced by transportation from remote places. 4. Growing our own food in our garden or in small pots or greenhouses (there are many models). 5. Reducing consumption.

The future of the planet is in our hands, each one of us in our area of influence and activity. We can’t go on like this, we have to step outside of our comfort area and act differently.

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Ninth and tenth days: Interviews on climate change in Reykjavik

On the 28th at night, we went out for dinner with Àsi (Àsgrimur Sverrisson). He is a huge Icelander around 50 years old with a smiling and easy-going character. We met it through Néstor Calvo, from La magdalena de Proust, a wonderful ecological food shop in Madrid near Las Salesas.

Àsi is a film and TV program director. His good-natured character and his position have earned him many relationships, so he offered to arrange an interview with one of the candidates to the country’s presidency, in the elections that are taking place on Saturday.

The Spanish consulate, even though the consul was absent, also did some moves and arranged an interview with a senior official from the Ministry of Environment. On the 29th we started our day with these appointments confirmed.

The first appointment was with Stefan Einarsson, PhD. He is the director of the Climate Change and Long-Range Pollution Division. He devoted 30 minutes of his time to talk to us, and we carefully recorded the conversation in spite of the low voice with which this gentleman speaks.

His comments referred mainly to the Government’s line of action and to the manifest existing signs of climate change.

Iceland is a country very dependant on its natural resources and they are aware of it. In an evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions per inhabitant, they ranked exceedingly high and this worries them.

They have metal industry, aluminum treatment, a great fishing fleet, a large number of cars and a very powerful transportation system. Given the small population, over 300 thousand inhabitants, the per capita rate is high.

Another source of gas emission is related to the deep drillings carried out to get high-temperature water (Iceland Deep Drilling Project). But along with the extraction of these waters that save so much energy there is an emission of methane that contributes to the greenhouse effect.

Such is the situation in the country, but the Government is so worried that it is doing all it takes to mitigate each one of the problems that arise.

Cars pay taxes according to their level of emission – those that don’t emit gases are exempt from the tax –, research is being done so that the fishing fleet uses an alternative form of energy, they are recycling methane as a source of energy for the automobile industry.

Icelanders have developed high-level technology for the exploitation of natural resources; this know-how is being exported to other countries which, together with their fishing and aluminum-related activities, is pulling them out of the crisis.

We were left with the impression of a people increasingly mindful of its dependence on the environment, a Government that knows where to go and a developed technology that is proving successful.

We are convinced that this country is keeping on its toes, that it’s walking in the right direction and will solve its problems.

We are sure that it will be a model to follow.

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Seventh day: Flying over Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes and lakes all the way to Reykjavik

…on Wednesday we flew over Iceland and passed over the biggest glacier in Europe. We intended to approach the volcano that was active in 2010 in the southern part of the island, but the forecast failed and when we reached the area we were met with development clouds that generated some ice, so we couldn’t see it.

However, we enjoyed good visibility at certain points that let us admire the power of these magically multicolored harsh volcanic landscapes where the water thawed from the glacier runs happily in countless waterfalls, lakes, brooks and creeks.

We plan to stay in Reykjavik until Saturday to do the first interviews on climate change.

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The Artik Project, a real journey

Dear friend, we are Pablo Peláez and Carlos Gosálbez and we invite you to fly with us fromRobledillo (Guadalajara) to the Arctic region, letting our light Maule take us there to feel the wilderness, verify the changes undergone by climate, plants and animals there, and ask its traditional inhabitants, the Cree, the Inuit, people who have lived there for generations and retain ancient wisdom, what their feelings are, how they interpret it…

You will fly with us to the international scientific research stations where we will talk to the people in charge, learn what they are doing, what their findings are, what hypothesis they are working with, where the conclusions point to. This is a REAL TRIP, a SHARED JOURNEY. Welcome aboard.

Actually, this is Carlos’ journey. After years dreaming with it, he is now returning to the lands that shaped him into a pilot back in 1972, when he flew his DC-3 for Hydro Québec. It was then that he came into contact with the Cree, and learned to love those untamed regions, to love the local nature.

I, Pablo, a traveller and adventurer in heart, help him make his dream come true because I feel the emotional drive that moves his will, because we are bonded by the camaraderie built through flying in airlines, by mutual respect, by our genuine friendship.

We can’t wait to start realizing this personal dream of Carlos, which became true, feasible, when his son Raúl Gosálbez and myself purchased the Maule aircraft that had belonged to the MadridPolytechnic University for 20 years. More than 3,000 students of Aeronautics have piloted it in familiarization flights. Raúl is waiting for us in Vancouver to take over and organize a second expedition next year.

In this week, weather permitting and provided Digitalmeteo gives us the go-ahead, we have scheduled a press conference and a formation takeoff with planes from the Guadalajara Aeroclub that will escort us for the first few miles in an aeronautical farewell motion.

We will leave RBM (Robledillo de Mohernando in aviation terms) to fly to the Arctic, tell you our experiences, and, for a month, bring you those lands and their people to your computer and to your conscience. Remember, this week, at RBM. You will have to get up early, but we will appreciate having you there, having your energy that we will take with us to theArctic as a shelter. We will keep you informed…

A thought: Some time ago I read in the Kabbalah that if the primary goal when we make use of our capabilities, the primary goal of our actions, is the Common Good, then we will experience real joy and satisfaction. In this venture, the resultant personal gain, regardless of its nature, is an ethically natural consequence that contributes to strengthening our health, freedom and capabilities in a constant process of positive creation of shared reality.

We want to give the best of ourselves for friendship and for our Mother Earth. Will you join us?

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