This is my first blog. I don't really have the time to manage it properly now but I do post in other people's blogs and forums, which is probably the reason why you are here.
I thought that by linking you to this page you’d be able to find out a bit about me and maybe understand better where some of my opinions come from.
I was born in a small town of the Spanish Basque Country in 1963. This is a region of industrial landscapes and extensive pine plantations for the paper manufacture, very rainy all year round, sadly famous for its political unrest and violence...but we have some nice mountains as well. I began hiking in the mountains at a very early age. At 16 I discovered the pristine Pyrenees mountain range not far to the east. And a passion began.
A passion that has taken me to many beautiful places in several continents. On the picture you see me doing a "solo" in the Chilean Central Andes (August 2004). I'd say the mountains of the American South Cone are the most breathtaking I have seen, especially on the eastern, rain-shadowed side of Patagonia.
Since I graduated in Economics in 1988 -specialty International Economy and Development- and began working shortly afterwards, I have spent a good portion of my life in Chile/Argentina, where I go back as often as financially possible.
Apart from loving mountains and natural landscapes (deserts can equally be spectacular and fascinating) and even though it doesn’t have a lot to do with it, I’m also very interested in economic theory. I can bore to death my wife and friends with my dissertations on development strategies, business cycles or the effects of regulations (including taxation and monetary policy) on the economy.
Finally, I must also confess to being one of those weathernuts who will everyday check the temperature records and the pressure systems, possibly for various locales around the world. This does have an advantage for my wife though, she always knows what clothes to go out with.