Back in Peru … for the third time


We knew our stay in Bolivia was limited by the deal we had made with Carlo to go back to Ollantaytambo and take care of Full Moon Lodge for a month, while he was back in the States over the holidays. So we calculated the dates as best we could, and on December 9 we were back in Cusco, ready to go back to Ollanta on the 10th to take over the reins from Carlo.
We had such a great feeling reentering Peru, and again we felt like we had come back home. We were enthusiastic about returning to the Full Moon Lodge, but our enthusiasm about spending a month there, tied to the land, was not as present as before. Especially when we got to Howard’s office and were overwhelmed again by the feeling that “I wanna stay hereeeee”. We secretly wished we had not made the arrangement with Carlo and we’d now have the freedom to stay in Cusco for as long as our heart desired.

Change of plans again, because… why not?

The last few days we had no Internet access on Isla del Sol, as they don’t do much Internet there, so one of our first concerns upon getting to Cusco was to get to an Internet and catch up with the outside world. Not little was our surprise when in our Inbox we found an email from Carlo, in which he was informing us that he had to leave earlier than expected, and therefore had to find someone else to take care of the lodge… and if we wanted to we could go back to volunteer as before, but he had found someone else to be responsible for the place.

Bang! Talking to Boca we realized we both felt so relieved at receiving the news, that we had both secretly wanted to be free to stay in Cusco for a while instead of going back to Ollanta. And as a result, that was exactly what we decided, and “coincidently” we found the perfect location: Howard’s office! Silviu had just finished arranging a room that was designed for someone in two weeks time, but meanwhile the room was available. That’s because obviously it was meant for us. Howard agreed, and so we got to see our dream of “I want to stay hereeeee” fulfilled. Wouldn’t you know it…:)

It was a great pleasure to spend time there, with Silviu, with an awesome library, with Howard, with the energies there. I started a series of treatments with Howard, Network Spinal Analysis (http://www.associationfornetworkcare.com/whatisnsa.shtml), a type of therapy designed to awaken your inner doctor. Something downright fascinating, and I was glad for the opportunity to experience such a thing over there.

Christmas and Calca, our favorite little town

The 2 weeks passed by in an instant, and before we knew it, Christmas was upon us. Ilya, one of Howard’s friends who became our friend as well, invited us to his place in Calca for Christmas, to the little town we had fallen in love with during our 10 days of Vipassana meditation. So we accepted the invitation with great joy, and were left speechless when we first saw the place: a beautiful house by the river, surrounded by greenery and lots of colorful flowers, and dotted with fig, apple and plum trees. Plums! One of my favorite fruit, but one I hadn’t really had in the last 3 years in Asia. Picking the plums from the tree in Ilya’s yard I felt just like in my grandmother’s garden, and realized how such a simple gesture can recreate such vivid memories.

Sitting around the table on Christmas Eve (a real feast!) and sharing stories, we found out Ilya was also planning to write a book. So we suggested something that seemed to have a lot of sense: “Ilya, we have the perfect plan! The 3 of us should lock ourselves here in your house for two weeks, and each work on our book, and from time to time share writers ideas.” “Ah, that sounds great, and I really wish I could do that, but unfortunately I have a job waiting for me. I can lock the two of you here though, and I’ll come from time to time to chat and share ideas.” Wow! Speaking of dreams come true again! Since Boca and I had entered Ilya’s house, we had both had the same thought – this is the absolute perfect place for writing! And it proved to be indeed – we spent two exceptional weeks there, and could not be more grateful to Ilya for his generosity and trust.

Decisions, decisions …

For a while now, Boca and I had some thoughts we had not previously had: thoughts that yes … we sort of feel that “this is it”… that the time for us to head towards our homes was rapidly approaching. We did not feel nearly half of the enthusiasm we had felt before at the thought of experiencing a new country, we were happy beyond measure when it came to stopping somewhere for a long time, and we slowly began to identify that we were “suffering” from what they call “travel fatigue”. In addition, we were filled with emotion whenever we thought of “home”, and felt so strongly in our stomach and solar plexus that yes, it’s time. It’s time. And as we had created the good habit of listening to our instincts and acting when we feel we must act, we managed at the end of the year to buy ourselves tickets to return to Europe in the first month of 2012. Based on the prices we found most convenient, I was to fly out on the 18th, exactly 366 days since I first put the backpack on my back, and Boca was to fly out on the 22nd, exactly 10 months after we landed on South American land. Quite significant dates, we thought :).

Silviu listened to his instinct as well, and therefore decided that for him the time has not come yet, he still had some discovering, learning and growing to do. So the plan is for him to spend some time, not to long, still in Cusco, then return to Brazil for some projects with the people from Hub Rio, and then move towards Bolivia and Colombia where he has some people to know and experiences to have. We hope he will keep us informed about his plans through this blog. We shall live and see:).

Last days in Peru … and South America

So in the light of these new decisions, and three weeks away from “D” day, we contemplated some options on what to do in the little time we had left. We played with the idea of exploring other parts of Peru, since we had not gone out of the Sacred Valley for the whole 3 months we were there, but eventually we decided against it … we still didn’t want to leave that area! And we figured that whatever else is there to explore in Peru … we’ll do it next time. We wanted to spend our last days in South America in one of our favorite places, the little Calca town … and that was exactly what we did!

We had some great surprises during this time, one of which was Steve, the friend we had made during our Vipassana meditation retreat. It was full circle – we had met Steve and spent some wonderful days with him at the beginning of our adventure in Peru, and now we had the opportunity to spend some time with him again back in Calca, at the end of our adventure (and his) in Peru. Awesome, just awesome.

Another special event was the entry in 2012, which we celebrated in Urubamba and which I can summarize as follows: the Sacred Valley of Peru, greenness, mountains, a fire under the magnificent star filled sky, a group of wonderful people, a big white dog in my lap, a huge bowl of fruit salad and one spoon circling around, a bottle of chicha and one glass circling around, guitars, accordion, divine voices. Joy. Peace. Gratitude. Welcome, wonderful year! 🙂

Perhaps the greatest surprise and joy during this period was the fact that we managed to meet Diane Dunn in person, the woman whose book Cusco: A gate to inner wisdom had impressed Boca and me so deeply. We met her several times, and from the discussions with her a decision was taken: Diane is coming to Hungary for three days in June 2012, to share some Andean wisdom in this part of the world as well. The course will cover interesting knowledge about the 4 elements (earth, air, fire, water), based on the ancient Andean traditions and Munay-Ki.

What is Munay-Ki?

The Munay-Ki are the nine rites of initiation from the descendents of the Inca, the indigenous people from the Andes. Munay-Ki comes from a Quechua word that means ‘I love you’ . Munay-Ki is a nine step process to heal the wounds of the past. Through these we are then free to become who we truly are, the new human being: ‘Homo Luminous’.

After receiving the Nine Rights:

  • You will more easily be able to see the ‘bigger picture,’ and view life from a higher perspective.
  • You will become more of who you truly are: your soul-self, higher self, your Divinity.
  •  Your ‘life purpose’ becomes clear. You follow what brings you joy.
  • You begin to come more readily from a place of greater wisdom, love, peace, harmony and clarity.
  • You know and love who you are.
  • You more easily cast off what does not work for you.
  • You transform in wonderful ways. The world around you transforms in wonderful ways.
  • Your life begins to flow more smoothly and you perceive beauty around you.
  • You begin to truly know that “All is well” and ‘Heaven on Earth’ can be our Destiny.

If you would like to participate to this unique workshop or would like to get more information, please drop us an email at threebackpacks@gmail.com.

Ready to go

Our flights back to Europe were from Lima, so we got on a bus from Cusco on a Sunday afternoon, after saying goodbye to our dear Silviu, enthusiastic about the continuation of his adventure, and we prepared for the 21 hour bus ride* to Lima. Time passed quickly and without major events, and in Lima we were received and hosted by Emi, Giselle’s mother, who lives there. Two days later … I was on a plane heading home:).

Read in the next posts our thoughts and feelings on finishing the journey, and on the beginning of a new phase: home.

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* The quality of the buses and the prices of the trips from Cusco to Lima are extremely varied, ranging from 130-185 Soles, and from normal bus seats to presidential seats with a recline of 160 degrees. From what we understood, the best company is Cruz del Sur, 180 Soles, and the second best is Tespa, 140 Soles. We chose Tespa, and we definitely recommend it

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