At what point in your travels have you felt most in tune with the Earth? Share a story of how you interacted with the local environment or nature.
BootsNAll is having a 30 day Indie Travel Project and here is my contribution for day 10.
I’ve said it before- I left my heart in the Amazon. I first encountered this magical place last year, on a Volunteer trip with Asprideq-(Manu Park Volunteer) and I fell in love with the animals, the sounds, the smells- it had me enchanted.
I returned to the same place this year to live and I fell in love with it all over again. A house built of wood, a kitchen, no electricity, and only accessible by boat.
The very nature of living there forced me to slow down. Without the noises of the city, all you can hear are the birds singing to each other in the trees, the rushing of the river as it flowed downstream, and 3 times a day, the rustling of pans in the kitchen as we prepared meals- often by candlelight.
We lived simply- working on replanting trees (reforestation), fishing in the river, lots of hiking, camping…basically a re-connection with the earth. Laundry days were spent shooing away bees, spotting butterflies, and feeling the satisfaction of my arms burning as I washed and hung my clothes up.
Some nights I’d make a rum and coke and endless card games would be played.
Other times, while fishing, I’d get excited over a fish my guide had caught ( I only caught tiny ones) because I knew we’d be cooking it up for dinner. There is nothing as yummy as a freshly caught meal.
We cooked over a gas stove top, and more times than not I’d have to blow ants or spiders off our vegetables- and I’m not talking about the ants you see back home-these ants are large, and only after a while did I learn which bit and which would just tickle me. The earth also provided medicinal plants- of which we sought especially after scratching at mosquito bites.
I relished the time I spent there- I missed nothing of the luxuries you’d normally crave over time-the only thing that was important was the happiness I felt waking up to the music of the birds and wandering over to the balcony to watch the sun come up and begin to warm my whole body.
With my feet in the soil and my heart open wide- appreciating the beauty of the land, I felt the heartbeat of the Amazon.