About Anemoscopio

anemoscopio (Italian)

Origin & history

anemo- + -scopio

  1. An instrument that shows the direction of the wind; a wind vane; usually applied to a contrivance consisting of a vane above, connected in the building with a dial or index with pointers to show the changes of the wind.

During a visit to the Da Vinci exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, we were fascinated by Da Vinci’s dreams of flight in the 15th and 16th centuries. Always the scientist, Da Vinci created the first anemoscope (wind vane) to keep track of the changes in the wind, which was crucial to all of his engineered flying machines.

In preparing for the around-the-world trip, we’ve made a long bucket list of things to do, places to go, and people to see. That being said, we’re also committed to staying open to new possibilities and taking opportunities as they present themselves. There is a lot we want to see, but conditions can change as the wind does. Just as Da Vinci built his anemoscope to keep himself finely tuned to the changing wind conditions crucial to his dream of flying, we’re creating this blog to help us reflect on the changes in our plans and to remind ourselves that flexibility is crucial to our travels.