I woke up this morning and found a lot of messages from my family and friends, first I started to see some photos of disasters and then I saw a building collapsed in the center of the city where I grew up, in that moment I realized that something horrible had happened . A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, my birth-town, the City of Cuernavaca where I grew up and the City of Puebla where I lived and studied university. The three states are united by the great Volcano Popocatepetl, who has given me beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I have family and friends in all three states. Everyone is afraid of more tremors coming.
So far Cuernavaca has the highest number of deaths from the earthquake.
A close friend and her daughter are injured today and lost everything, as the building where they lived, La Torre Latinoamericana, collapsed completely (see video below). (more…)
Many travel destinations have more visitors during a high season, when the weather is best, during holidays and festivals, or perhaps just because of habitual migration. These are often important reasons; travellers accept the crowds and inflated prices as trade-offs.
Occasionally, even sensible travellers disregard their guidebook’s first chapter (“When To Go”) and visit during the “wrong” season – and they win! The weather is not unpleasant, the prices are heavily discounted, the streets are free, the locals are more open, and new perspectives are unveiled. And sometimes, while out picking wild asparagus, the sky bursts with rainbows, and you really wonder: why is this the low season?
Here are some photos of the landscape around our wooden cabin in the hills of Bobadilla, 50 minutes from Bogota City. Everywhere is green and beautiful in this area of the country.
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We were invited by our friends from Les Arts Turcs to see Dervish Dance. It’s a beautiful ritual where one hand raises to connect with God and the other hand directed towards all beings. I think since it requires mindfulness, concentration and relaxation is a way to meditate on single pointed attention thus calming and settling the mind. If done with the understanding of egolessness, letting go of self grasping, it can lead to a deeper wisdom meditation.
This time luck took us to Norway, it’s one of the most developed countries, however Norwegian Air has very cheap flights and turned out to be a good stopover on our way to the UK. (more…)