I made it!!
I am back! I am back to traveling.
Here’s a run down of our project. First of all, let me explain OUR… I am traveling the first 6 months with my great great friend Josh. We will alternate volunteering experiences with just traveling. We started in Colombia moving south to Ecuador, then will head east to Brazil, South til Buenos Aires, and over to Europe afterwards. We started in San Diego where Josh grew up and we will finish in Italy where I grew up, so we both get to know each other’s childhoods and families better.
This said, I really did not have much time to write til now, always on the move and always with friends.. This week is my first week alone. I am in a vegan permaculture camp learning new things about the world we live in and how we can help it. 2 years ago I took an urban permaculture class in San Francisco with Jay blue Tape, at the Hayes Valley Art Garden, which really opened my eyes to how much we are hurting our planet and how easy it is to do better.
Last year I got more into it with the reforestation projects in Bahia and now I am really loving Proyect Arbol CEPPA.
I was part of this project for only a week unfortunately, but it for sure was an intense one! They started helping out on the Ecuadorian coast after the earthquake in April 2016, trying to bring education and permaculture to the smaller villages that have suffered the most. Usually volunteers will have a specific project to accomplish with the project, but because of the lack of time I could only help out with the other workshops and show you all some pictures!! =)
Last night I had a very nice conversation with Jorge, the starter of the project, about being vegan and empathy. I really enjoyed it. At least he gave me explanations on some of the things that I really didn’t understand about being vegan like: WHY NO HONEY????!!!!Or what about the eggs that are not going to become chickens anyways? Isn’t that a waist? He explained to me that those are products that insects and animals produce to feed themselves and not us, so for a real vegan those are out of their diet. I really respect their point of view and empathy with every living creature.
I have to say, the first day it was a bit harsh. My tent had a hole and spiders decided that that was an invitation… then even Luna (the dog) decided to join when it started raining. … Also, the level of mosquitos was just growing and growing, I really thought for a second there that I was going to finish my blood reserves by the end of the week =) but living so close to nature is absolutely amazing and it makes you forget the little things like the wasp nest under the “toilet”……..
But, seeing the milky way, cooking and eating all together, living in a very close to zero waist environment and meeting locals and learning about being a woman and birth with them was definitely worth every mosquito bite and tent spider!
Construction of the new toilet with Rachael and Jose. (the one with no wasps)
The other day we made bricks for the construction of the new kitchen. But, then it rained every day, so we are still waiting for them to dry =)
ingredients: 1 portion of clay/dirt, 2 portions of sand, hay and water. And then Jump =)
here the video.
This is Rachael being the true hippy she is, brushing her teeth with the rain..
Here are some pictures of workshops that the amazing Esma Ldrisi organized for the women of the villages around here (and us) to bring awareness.
Cooking was also part of the intense and great experience!! we made coffee from scratches, had bread, guacamole and many delicious soups.
Last but not least the other 2 very good friends I made. Luna and Miguelito..(he loooves boxes)