Gipsy heart

Gipsy heart

I want you all to try to remember that one time when you felt so happy you literally wanted to cry, when you felt that feeling of just pure joy ..that you don’t know where to fit it all, that you feel like you are exploding, that you want to tell the whole world what you just discovered: that life is amazing, the world is a masterpiece and people are magicians that cast love spells.

Traveling is incredible. I feel another person. I feel free, strong, everything is really possible, you start thinking outside the box for real, you don’t have to worry about paying bills, going to a job you don’t like, doing things you don’t want to do..and it’s all possible. Someone that I just met and changed my life, probably for ever, told me that where there is ‘want’ there will be ‘will’ (translating from other languages it doesn’t sound so great but you understand the sense). You CAN do anything you WANT with your life, and if you understand that, you WILL.

I met people that saw in me what I was not quite ready to see. I was scared because the world tells us that we need a house, a job, a family..stability… and you can’t get all that while you travel…. but I never felt as stable as right now.. with nothing. It’s a completely new feeling and I love it. ‘No plans’ sometimes is the best plan. And thank you for giving me the strength to trust myself to the point of pursuing this. In your deep eyes I saw it..

 

I started pushing myself  beyond what I thought I could do, even with hiking, just one more step, one more stair. Guess what, one more step, only one and one more, and you get to the top of the mountain.

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And on the top of the mountain I found myself, and when you find yourself, you find love.IMG_3025

 

 

Bahia de Caraquez

Bahia de Caraquez

And here I am.. in Lima, no more mosquitoes, no more sleepless night because of heat..

Lima is beautiful, it reminds me of Torino for some reason.. I really like it.

I have been here for 5 days now, I am in a great hostel, 1900 Backpackers, I made new friends… I have been happy.. but tonight, as a lightning, I realized I was not going back to my Bahia….

I weeped (like seriously weeped) alone… I was ready to leave Bahia because of all of the drama that I unfortunately got into the last weeks .. but now that I am far away I am realizing how much I will miss it.

I will miss going to see the sunset every day and attempt to have yoga sessions while the tide is rising just to eventually jump in the water..

I will miss having Avriel waking me up at stupid hours in the morning to go to the gym (I know, I am actually saying this..and I actually did it..)

I will miss going to eat encebollado with a big headache with Tessa and Avriel just because we have to get up and feel better..

I will miss dancing like there is no tomorrow with the whole group, until the sun rises.

I will miss sitting on the wall (el muro) drinking and dancing under the rain.

I will miss even Henry’s training sessions that left me without air for at least 1 hour after they were done…but were always followed by the best margaritas or beers.

I will miss all the amazing people that always kept me in a good mood even when things were going a bit wrong…

All the smiles, the nature, the love, the understanding and the intense research for a better future.

Bahia de Caraquez is lucky to have so many amazing people caring for it.

The energy that I felt there was impressive, for some reason there are heroes that stop there and try their best to fix this beautiful town, and when I say Heroes I am not exaggerating.. I was living with Heroes.

I wish all the best to them, and I thank them for letting me be part of it for a little.

I will never forget what I learned in these 5 months.

They changed me, from deep inside, all, the good and bad, but especially the good.

I love you Bahia. I will be back.

The story of how you can make it

The story of how you can make it

Today I want to tell you the story of an amazing woman.

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Her name is Leonella Lucas, she is 16 years old, she graduated from High School yesterday. She is the first one in her family that will be attending University and that will leave Bahia de Caraquez, and she is a woman.

This girl, has been living in a bamboo house, built by volunteers after the earthquake, she has a mentally and physically disabled brother that can’t be left alone, a completely blind grandmother and a younger sister.

She helps Laura, her mom, in taking care of the house, washing and feeding her brother and grandma, and helping her sister with homework. They don’t have a washing machine or a dishwasher, in fact they don’t even have current water. In all of this she found the patience to study very hardly and not let her peers distract her from her goal, always with a smile. I remember having one of my first conversation with her and talking about studying and going out and just trying to get to know each other. She looked at me and said:

I don’t care about going out, I don’t want to live here all my life, I want to travel and go and see all the volunteers that I met that came here and helped us, I don’t want to have a baby or get married like all my friends are doing. I really want to study and help Mother Earth get better, because it looks like she’s F****d up (sorry, her words).

That is Leonella, curious, intelligent, beautiful, hard worker and brave. Her mother supported her in everything, always, 100% and will continue to but has no monetary resources. Leonella made it, she got a scholarship and she will be moving to Machala, in July, to study environmental biology. Leonella worked hard because she wanted to be happy. She made it because she wanted to.

I learned a lot from her. I think she is a great example for all of us.

And as my uncle would say:

Work hard to Party hard!

Galapagos

Galapagos

words will not help a lot in this case…

I think I spent 75% of my time there speechless, I remember saying WOW a lot.. I met amazing, loving people. The Island are not poor like the coast of Ecuador, no major disasters happened, that makes the Islands a very safe place for every one. No one is scared of walking alone at night, or leaving their purse on the table and moving for a second, or leaving your belongings on the beach to go for a swim.

Wild life is every where and very protected. A taxi driver had to stop for several minutes to wait for a Iguana to cross the street..

Back to my third home-town

Back to my third home-town

and here I am,

trying to write my first paragraph…

I spent a beautiful Christmas back home in San Francisco, it was loud, intense, filled with love and emotions, family. It was my life..

And I said bye again… here I am in Bahia de Caraquez, back to Ecuador, to this small beautiful and destroyed town.

The 2 days of travels were actually a bit harsh on me. I was very tired, I was reminded once again of how much I love my life in SF, and definitely was not able to concentrate my energy in positive attitude. I felt like I didn’t want to go back, I felt like I wanted to stay in my safe and beautiful Home were everyone is there for me. I felt like I was leaving again and didn’t have the energy to do it this time.. but, I also repeated to my self, again and again, the whole trip, hat I knew I WAS TIRED.

And Guess what. HA! I was right. First day I got here, the magic just got right back!!!

I was concentrating way to much on people that were trying to transform me in negative as them, but I had the fortune of meeting Hazel (The beautiful nicaraguan woman that rents out apartments in Bahia) on my first day which just put me right back on track!

If you are positive you will ALWAYS attract positive people. And you will have positive experiences!! SO TRUE!

So I am not going back to Planet Drum Ecuador’s project but I am starting and cooperating, as Planet Drum San Francisco, with a bunch of other projects actually active in the town.

I thought I wanted to come here because of our reforestation project, but the truth is I wanted to come here because of the love that Peter Berg had, and transmitted so much, for this town, and I feel it too, so it doesn’t matter who I volunteer with. I want to bring some hope. I want to make a little difference for them, in their every day life, like they are doing for me.