IPA Argonautica

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Upcoming Event: July

IPA Argonautica

St Jean Pied-de-Port (France) - Finisterre (Spain)


This is a call from the IPA to walk through a part of Europe, South of France and North-West of Spain, during July 2011.

The Greek myth of the Argonautica tells the story of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the mythical land of Colchis. Another voyage, destined to be less well known, will be ours: we shall set out from St Jean Pied-de-Port in southern France and walk to Finisterre in north-western Spain. The journey will take place in the month of July. We will cover a distance of 820km. We envisage 20-25 kms of walking per day. On the first day, we intend to make the steep 1200m climb to St Jean. It is possible to reach St Jean Pied-de-Port by train. Ryanair flies to Biarritz, and the airport bus goes to Bayonne station, from where a branch line train (with up to six departures per day scheduled in the summer) heads for St Jean. There is a similarly straightforward route back from Finisterre (Santiago de Compostela) to Biarritz (see, for instance, ). But of course it is possible to use one-way tickets with Ryanair, and leave Spain by plane.

The wayfarers International Political Anthropology are enacting this 820 km long walk from the Basque village St Jean Pied-de-Port to Finisterre in order to retrieve the conditions and potentials of reality, away from the unreal land of the contemporary.

Please, let us know if you would like to join to us. The Editors of the International Political Anthropology More Details in pdf

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