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- Nature guy (building fires, not getting lost, identifying trees, doing [this](https://kroka.org/programs/semester-school/arctic-to-manhattan-semester))
#### Music Tastes
I like long walks on the beach. But more than that, of course, I like Pink Floyd, Yes, Jacob Collier, the Beatles, and lots of fiddlin' jams, mind blowing classical compositions, and snippets of birdsong, from the beginning of music way back in the day all the way through to the present.
I like long walks on the beach. But more than that, of course, I like Pink Floyd, Yes, Jacob Collier, the Beatles, and lots of fiddlin' jams, mind blowing classical compositions, and snippets of birdsong, from the beginning of music way back in the day all the way through to the present. I also play the violin :)
I also play the violin :)
You can hear my music on any Thursday at 16:00 Eastern by tuning in to [tilderadio][https://tilderadio.org]
Other killer bands and artists: Fleetwood Mac, <abbr title="Alt-J"></abbr>, Neutral Milk Hotel, Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator, King Crimson, Radiohead, the Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Joanna Newsom, Gil Scott-Heron, [Arden Lloyd](https://ardenlloyd.com), Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Paul Simon (and Simon & Garfunkel), Peter Paul and Mary, the Band, Joan Baez, Liz Carroll, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Gaslight Tinkers, Solas, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, and (last but not least) the great Django Reinhardt.

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title = "Post-Kroka Contemplations"
description = "Reflections on my time as part of the 2022 Arctic to Manhattan Semester"
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categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["kroka","nature","politics","travel"]
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Hi! Hello! _Salutations!_ I'm back! I just returned from a five month long expedition. I skied and paddled, traveling almost every day, living outside and in community with twelve other students for a semester. I got back on June 12th, and since then I've been adjusting every day to being home and living in society. As I adjust and reflect, I realize I have a lot to say. A lot to say about my time at Kroka, about the world and the society I live in, and about the life I want to live.
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Unlike the blogs I tried to write while on expedition, blogs which the staff back at Kroka usually edited heavily into an ingenuine student testimony to the wonderous experience anyone who does semester will be having one hundred percent of the time, this is not an advertisement. This recounting is honest. It's also just one person's story, and doesn't try to synthesize the entire group's diverse experiences into a single narrative.
### The Decision
At some point in my early teenage years I became aware of [Kroka Expeditions][https://kroka.org], which is self-described as a "non-profit wilderness expedition school based on a year-round, organic farm in Marlow, New Hampshire". I heard about Kroka from friends who had studied and worked there: Cat Hannigan, Andrew Row, Sophia Cable, Maggie Ranen, Elias Stegeman, Sarah Kennedy, the list goes on and on. Most students at Kroka, I knew, are campers, students who live at Kroka for a few weeks over the summer and going on paddling or backpacking trips. The people I knew, though, hadn't done these summer camps. They had done Semester.
Kroka's Winter Semester program
Kroka drew me in not because of its unique flavor, but simply because it offered a five month long immersion into nature connection through travel. If I had found another organization which took this as seriously as I did (NOELS and Outward Bound didn't make that cut), I might not have done Kroka's semester program. Kroka's unique flavor is something I should discuss a bit before continuing.
#### Flavor
Kroka Expeditions was founded by Misha Golfman and his wife Lynne Boudreau in 1996. Quotes below are from [kroka.org][https://kroka.org].
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>> While in graduate school at Antioch New England, Misha conceived of the idea of Kroka, and the project became the theme of his thesis. He brought to the curriculum his experience teaching in the United States, as well as his background of being raised in the “Russian outdoor tradition,” traveling, learning, and teaching in the wilderness.
To my mind, there are several unique aspects of Kroka which set it apart from similar organizations. In addition to the usual focus on nature connection and community building, there is a strong emphasis on sustainability and agriculture. Misha has no reservations about teaching his personal anti-establishment anti-capitalist ideology to his students. The ambitious and demanding curriculum leaves little to no time unstructured. Finally, the Kroka philosophy always puts the group before the individual, and drills this in until putting ones personal needs last becomes habit.
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What is Semester (better than summer camps)
Why I chose Winter Semester
Why I chose 2022
What were my hopes/ expectations
"WHY AM I HERE" BoW page
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### Arrival and Basecamp
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Getting to know everyone
Instructors: Jo, Nick, Misha, Trish, Nathan, etc
All the academics
Chores
Struggles with exhaustion
Lucas +2
Passport stuff
Meeting with Lynne and Misha
Conversation Misha had with parents
Skate skiing
Fern and Sarah
Scribe
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### Green Mountains
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Itinerary
Backcountry skiing and learning to camp in winter
Studying Ministry for the Future
Alex coming, Emily and Nick switching
Misha's criticism of me and Fern
Idiot! Kozel!
Layover at Farm and Wilderness
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### Gaspé
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Manoir de Sapins (EJ Masturbating)
Itinerary (first day)
Crazy new snowy world
Fighting to make it up the slope
More Ministry for the Future
Nav solo with Aeron
Misha criticizing me about Fern
Stay at logging camp
Return to Manoir de Sapins
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### Uapishka
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Meeting Tom
Stop talking about computers
Snow caves
Itinerary
Reading The Endurance
The Deep Cold
The sun
Navigation updates
Food food food
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### Lake Champlain
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Quebec City
Spaghetti
News about colleges
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### Hudson River
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Conversation under the deck with Jenny
Intro: You will lead this leg
Skipper flow
Gendered tents conflict
Joke independant travel
Dobbs Ferry and blog stress
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### New York City
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Paddling in on the tides
Inwood Hill forest
Gowanus
Getting fired as Scribe
Getting back late with Teresa
Buying ice cream pints
Money situation
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### Return to Basecamp
### Conclusion
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Moving forward: Williams College
Relationships with people at home (Clara and Fern dynamic, Noah problems)
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title = "Summertime"
description = "Summer passing by"
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categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["summer","random"]
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zenn_applause = true
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This summer is an odd one. After returning from five months in the wilderness, away from technology, I have over two months with less responsibility and commitment than I've had in years. What am I doing with this gift of freedom? Not much, I'm ashamed to say.
What I would like to do is divide my time between connection with family and friends, work, preparation for college in the fall, and personal projects. However, I end up spending far too much time doing none of these things, but instead using addictive attention sucks like tv shows, movies, and news podcasts to entertain and distract myself. This is a normal and widespread problem in society, and I'm glad that I do not participate in the predatory social media environments (especially Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok) which so many of peers use constantly, but there is still no excuse, no way to deny responsibility for my poor choices.
After five months of regular excericise and physical exertion, my body felt good and I wanted to challenge myself. Now, I am chronically underslept, I have aversion to difficult physical activity, and I spend most days completely sedentary. My metabolism has slowed to a crawl. This March, I could eat six to ten thousand calories in one day and be losing weight and feeling hunger pangs. Now, I sometimes eat just one small meal a day. I am eighteen years old.
My family has just one car, and I live in a rural place. This means that most of the time I am available to socialize, I am stuck at home due to lack of transportation. In order to get places without a car (by bike and/or bus), I need to have a large single block of time available, otherwise the time spent in transit isn't economical.

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- Install [privatebin](https://privatebin.info)
- Install [stringer](https://github.com/swanson/stringer)
- Transfer content from [old site](https://sites.google.com/view/satyajohnson)
- Finish [satchlj.us](https://satchlj.us)
- Get php working with nginx and set up Grav on [heath.town](https://heath.town)
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