There were many art studios lining the streets – lots of religious paintings mainly – gold and quite garish; not quite to our taste! Lovely bakeries and cafes and also trendy live music bars were a plenty.
|Kyle helping Koflaei prepare lunch with Renzo|
He made Hannah an amazing homemade proper chocolatè caliente and me a tè that contained many different natural infusions. We soon learnt that Koflaei is a man of vast depth and has a wealth of rich life experiences. Even though there is a language barrier you can still manage to communicate because of the amount of expression and energy that he uses to get the message across. After seeing a beautiful ring that Karina was wearing that Koflaei made, we decided that it would be nice if we designed some jewellery for our Mums back home. What we didn’t know was that he would start the process that night (midnight) and prefer us to be present during the whole process so we can have creative input throughout. We hope you like them Mummies!
We were introduced to many things and learnt more about the process of healing. We discovered the real ‘arnica’ - arnica tincture which had a really strong smell and was bright orange (Koflaei was bemused at our tube of Boots brand 1% arnica cream!! Opps!). What we found fascinating was his ideology that the smell of a medicine plays a far more important role in the healing process than we might usually think. When you rub the arnica tincture into the skin the smell sends signals to the brain releasing the correct energy or signal required to aid in the healing. The healing process is not just physical but also psychological. He lent us a strange looking charcoal incense stick, a similar size to a Cuban cigar, that you light and hold very close to the body to deeply warm up areas of pain.
At the end of the week Koflaei had a healing session with Kyle and I had a massage from Miray. He had some awesome stories that hooked our attention, the kind of stories that really make you think about the world and existence. One night towards the end of the week we had a fire in the courtyard which we all sat round, chatted and jammed for hours; really reminding us of the kind of nights we have with friends back home.
Also our friend Anneke from our jungle trek! We love how the chain grows…