• Romania;
  • history and philosophy of geography;
  • observant participation;
  • regulative ideal;
  • performance

This paper argues that, in order to take place, space and scale more seriously in the study of our discipline, we have to complement the pervasive understanding of geography as a tradition of thought or an extended conversation with an understanding of our discipline as a tradition of practice, in which the main focus is on the becoming of geographers. It is argued that the theme of ‘what it takes to be a good geographer’ is a fertile way to study this process of becoming. The four main advantages of this approach are illustrated empirically in the body of the argument by the author’s reflections on his socializing within two very different geographical traditions.