(This isn’t MY (Thais Faller Gloor’s) memory, but the response of a friend that brings to mind many things.) Last summer a first-time visiting friend of mine commented after a couple of days on how “immersed in the earth” she felt while on the island. I loved the way she put it, and totally agreed without hesitation. When we go camping, or swimming, we expect this “immersion” and so don’t notice it in the same way. There’s something about being in a place where humans live and thrive on a daily basis, without asphalt under our feet, that wakes us up to realize that the two are not mutually exclusive.