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Learn Spanish in the Amazon or Blue Ridge

We have added a  3 Day Super Thinking + Spanish Camp to be conducted September 21, 22 and 23 at our North Carolina farm  on Little Horse Creek.

(or learn in St, Louis, Vernon BC Canda or Washington DC)

In these busy times the farm is a peaceful quiet place to learn.

Here is Little Horse Creek.


The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house where guests meet and flows past our deep woods seminar hall where we learn together.


Creek below the seminar hall.


The leaf change will have begun…(Saturday, Sept. 22 is the first day of Fall)…enjoy the beauty of golden leaves.

Enjoy sunrise views.


and crisp mountain morns… maybe even a little frost.


Yet afternoons are sunny so we can visit the views from the woods and even…


take a little relaxation in the sun… since we use relaxation techniques in the teaching of Spanish.


We’ll have picked plenty of mountain blackberries by then so I expect Merri will have a pie or two (maybe four) cooked up for us when we…


come up to our house for afternoon tea.

The Super Thinking + Spanish course is the same as always but seriously limited to the number of delegates due to the nature of our seminar hall.


Here is the inside of our seminar hall.


A recent group at the camp.

We hope you join us for this Blue Ridge experience where you’ll enjoy nature and  learn Super Thinking + Spanish.

September 21-22-23  Merrily Farms Spanish Camp  Enroll for one $799 or Two $999

Or if you prefer the Amazon!  October 8 to 12 Glenn Sterling with conduct a Super Thinking + Spanish course in the Amazon.

Glenn Sterling sent us this report about the first Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.


Here is a picture of lodge from the canoe on the lake.

One great way to get paid to travel to places you desire is as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.  Spiro Michas enjoyed conducting a Super Spanish course when he visited Uruguay. Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there.

Learn how to become a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher during our September Blue Ridge Spanish Camp.

See below the schedule for Glenn’s next Amazon Spanish camp.

Here is a report from Glenn on the first Amazon Spanish Camp he conducted.

Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust

By Glenn Sterling

Arriving was 99% of the adventure.  We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.


Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.

We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.


This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.

This bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport.


The bus took us to Coca and once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.

Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.


The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers.  Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.


There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had been a jet!

In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.


Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches.  Bottled water accompanied our snack.


We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.

The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains.  Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.”  It was.


Napo River bank.

We were never alone on the river.


The ponchos kept us dry.


Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.


Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.


The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quicha).


In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.


They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us  and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.


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Multi Currency Investments Out of Aging Economies

Think about multi currency international investments out of aging economies.


Blue Heron at our Blue Ridge Mountain farm taking in the pond scene.

The aging industrial economies are one reason why Merri and I have a farm in one of oldest geological formations on earth.  The oldest rocks found in the Blue Ridge mountains are said to be 10 million centuries old. In fact, most of the rocks in the Appalachians are this old. These mountains are believed to have been the highest on earth roughly 460 million years ago during the Ordovician Period, much like, but higher than the Himalayas today.

See more on how an old farm is a good investment in an aging economy… first let’s look at how the aging economies can affect your multi currency investments.  You may want to look at Ashe County farms for sale (there are about ten available around us) during our International Investing and Business Seminar October 7, 8, 9.  We will have a local real estate broker at the seminar to help. See why below.

Aging of nations… just like we can cause instability.  Entropy is the cause.  One of the concepts of entropy is that nature tends from order to disorder in isolated systems.  A mountain is an isolated system so the Blue Ridge mountains peaked at 25,000 feet millions of years ago. Now the highest is just over 5,000 feet.  People and economies are also isolated systems so laws of nature cause stable economies to become instable economies.  This makes stable major equity markets have increased volatility.

Yesterday’s  (Sept.12)  New York Times article  “Market Swings Are Becoming New Standard”  by Louise Story and Graham  Bowley touched on this subject and said:   The stock market just can’t seem to make up its mind.

Day after day, stocks swing sharply by hundreds of points. Last week they tumbled 3 percent in the first 90 minutes of trading on Tuesday morning, then on Wednesday closed nearly 3 percent higher and dropped almost 3 percent on Friday. All of this on the heels of unusual back-to-back 4 percent leaps and dives in one week in August.

Now traders head into the week with fresh worries about the chances that Greece will default on its debt and the havoc that would wreak on European banks.

All of this anxiety has caused experts to ask whether there are new forces at work in the stock market that make trading permanently more erratic.

In fact, big price moves are more common than they used to be.

It has become more likely for stock prices to make large swings — on the order of 3 percent or 4 percent — than it has been in any other time in recent stock market history, according to an analysis by The New York Times of price changes in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock market index since 1962.

This extra motion comes from the fact that investors are not sure what to do.  Demographics have reached a point where the aging of the major economies of the past 60 years has become a major driving force.

After WWII; USA, Western Europe and Japan were THE economies.  Their economic engines accelerated the global economy.  One aspect of human nature that affected this process is that as people become more prosperous and healthy, they stop having so many kids.   The USA, European and Japanese birth rates slowed down.  The emerging economies on the other hand continued to have higher birth rates.

This brings us to now.  Emerging economies have emerged AND still have more youthful populations than THE BIG THREE economies (who are growing less BIG).  Aging populations coupled with growing pension and health care and social costs now create enormous fiscal problems in Japan, Western Europe and the USA. The US is better off than Europe and Japan due to their more liberal immigration policies which created a higher birth rate.  Yet all these large economic areas are suffering because they are aging.

The turmoil is caused because the investment community as a whole is still applying the investment thinking of the 1970s and 1980s to the here and now. 20 and 30 years ago, the safe place to invest was in the USA, Europe and Japan. Everywhere else was perceived as risky. However as far out as it was our messages were among the first… clear back in the 1970s… that urged investors into Hong Kong and emerging markets.

No more!  We now know that even the thinking of the 1970s and 80s was wrong. Emerging markets as a whole outperformed major markets in the past four decades.  Even the global investment thinking is finally beginning to change.

An August 27, 2011 Economist article entitled “Eastern Europe’s economies” said:  Some calm amid storms.  The EU’s newer members are not its most troubled—but they have problems.

Wobbly finances, low living standards and weak institutions are a bad mixture. The ten “new” (a relative term: most joined in 2004) ex-communist members of the European Union were once seen as its most troubled economies. In 2008-09 Hungary, Latvia and Romania needed bail-outs. Across the region unemployment rose and growth slumped. Western European policymakers worried about contagion.

Now those fears seem distant. Even as ratings agencies humble mighty economies like America’s and Japan’s, they are upgrading the EU’s newcomers: Standard & Poor’s recently raised Estonia to AA-, only two notches below America. All ten have growing economies, shrinking budget deficits and falling unemployment. The three in the euro zone—Estonia, Slovakia and Slovenia—are contributors to the bail-outs, not supplicants. Poland, by far the biggest, is growing at a healthy annual rate of 4% and celebrating a lower-than-expected budget deficit. Many feel that the whole idea of “eastern Europe” is out of date.

This is why we have to think again way outside the box.  All the lessons we were taught years ago are now wrong!

There are seven ways to beat stagflation.

#1: Move to a lifestyle of lower cost living such as Ecuador or Smalltown USA.

#2: Invest in high value and emerging equities.

#3: Invest in high value real estate.

#4: Invest in precious metals and commodities.

#5: Invest in your own natural health.

#6: Invest in a micro business that also does social and environmental good. and earn more than the loss of your money’s purchasing power.

#7: Invest in necessity.  Water, food, clothing and shelter are markets that never end.  Look for ways to invest in necessities of good value such as farms in Ashe County.  People up here have lived though many poor times… always with enough water, food, clothing and shelter.   Old mountains are stable… low risk of earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes.

This and the wonderful lifestyle in nature are the reasons we have our farm here.

This is why in my personal portfolio breakdown that I sent to my multi currency subscribers and International Club subscribers is filled with emerging market shares and bonds.

Multi currency subscribers and International Club members click here to see my updated portfolio.

See how to become an Multi Currency subscriber here.

See how to be an International Club member here.


Look at Ashe County farms for sale.   There are about ten farms around us on the market and during our International Investing and Business seminar October 7-8-9-10.  We will have a local real estate broker at the seminar to help.

Thomas Fischer and I will outline global investing portfolios to beat stagflation and turmoil at our October International Investing & Business seminar.

Links to articles mentioned above:

Yesterday’s  (Sept.12)  New York Times article “Market Swings Are Becoming New Standard”

Eastern Europe’s economies