I’d just bought a morning coffee and donut, the perfect time for a pickpocket to strike. My attention was on nothing but what I was about to consume.
The day before Christmas, a travelers worst nightmare, no wallet, no money, no credit cards. And yet, in the end, everything turned out fine. Some fellow travellers lent me $500 pesos. I bought a tarp, a spoon, a billy to eat from and boil water…and headed to the world rainbow gathering, held on a palm oil plantation about 20 km’s from town.
The rainbow tribe started after woodstock, is a world wide family, all supporting each other and trying to live an ecologicallly friendly lifestyle. No need for a lot of money at a rainbow gathering, I was fed and given a tent for the last few days. Donations are gathered after a meal and placed in a magic hat. So really, losing my wallet was a blessing in disguise. I reconnected with mother earth, smoked a lot of pot, danced naked round the bonfire for the full moon celebrations…and shat in the woods, using leaves for toilet paper!
It´s nice to now be back in town, having washed off the grime of jungle living, but I feel after this experience, I may not want to do video anymore. There is no way I can explain the experience I have just had in video. Writing gives one time to explore things, video is great for an overview, but to get deeper, to explain things thoroughly, writing is the king. So I may make a complete change, shed my camera gear, get a 45l backpack and travel lite.
We are so disconnected from mother earth. A year in asia showed me disappearing cultures and forests in Borneo and the horror of china´s huge cities. We all know where we are heading, but for most of us, we just cant get off that treadmill to stop and change. My hand was forced, through losing my wallet I had to survive on the generosity of the rainbow family. I realised the earth will provide for us, we just have to love it like ourselves. The new Mayan Baktun has definately brought me back to the mother, I hope others also feel the shift.