23rd February – 4th March 2013
The past 10 days have been a sleepish blur between yoga, delicious vegan food and getting centred. I’ve spent the last 10 days a few hours out of Buenos Aires at Eco Yoga Park, Mi Rincoń in the General Rodriguez province. The park is run my Hare- Krishna’s, very peaceful and some of the best vegie garden you’ve ever seen. The daily routine here consists of 6am garden work picking and planting vegetables, weeding or shovelling in the crisp morning air. This part of Argentina has a very similar climate to home as it’s on the same longitude.
We break for breakfast, which by this time everyone is ravishing for. Normally it consists of a bowl some gooey sugary liquid with fruit and freshly baked bread. For me having food intolerances, it took a good 3 days to get through to them that I can’t eat what they were serving but eventually they turned up with the goods. Normally my breakfast would have everyone else in envy of my rice, tomatoes and vegetable dish. I think they were just being nice. Then back to the garden for some more volunteer labour! Many weird and wonderful conversations would take place in the garden, whether it would be educating Maria the Bolivian garden volunteer coordinator of gay relationships in the western world to our individual travel experiences around the globe. After four and half hours of work in the garden everyone would normally laze around reading, writing, chatting soaking up the relaxing atmosphere. On one of my very first days here I was writing in the garden, looked down and less than half a metre from my foot was about a metre long snake. The black and yellow snake was slithering past minding his own business. I went to jump up but my gut instinct got the better of me so I just sat very still until the snake was far enough away that he wouldn’t feel my vibrations and bite me! My heart was going wild! The lazy mornings are followed by a scrummy lunch full of flavour and vegetable goodness. My love of meat hasn’t got the better of me yet. But I’m at my ninth day and am looking forward to a famous Argentinian steak! The afternoons blended between yoga, mediation, snack time and afternoon walks and forming a strong group bond with many like-minded people. I was also lucky enough to see a hummingbird hovering in the garden too. This place is full of pleasant surprises. Forming many special friendship’s here only after a few days, I feel as though I’ve known these new amigos for a lifetime. Erin and Jo, two beautiful girls from Perth. I connected with these girls straight away with our like-mindedness and I know I will see them along my travels again. Jeanne, a very inspirational girl from Montreal. Hannah and Rosie, one of the most well suited couples I’ve ever met. Full of life and forever entertaining. Allan, a spiritual guru. Many conversations about life and how to make the most out of it and living to your full potential. Claire, another very entertaining soul full of life. I forgot how hard goodbyes are when you’re traveling as you met so many like- minded people that you connect with in a matter of days. I feel as though this place has got me ready for my onward travels, getting me centred and awaken my spirituality. I feel replenish and ready to be inspired, learn and travel the wonderful world of Latin America.