Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 2 in Ecuador

I am at MonteSuenos - I awoke at 5:55 a.m. - all my windows open - five of them facing the mountains - all different ones too.  This is the quiet peaceful time of the morning when it starts to get light without the sun rising just yet.    The clouds are dancing with the mountain peaks.  I lay here in bed in awe of Mother Nature.  Birds are beginning to chirp and a rooster or two adds his cock-a-doodle-doo.

I feel so blessed to be here.  So at peace with myself and life. Yesterday, I was grateful to be here yet I was acclimating from the plane ride and the drive from the Loja airport through the mountains and the valley to here.

I get out of bed and I stretch on my patio - smelling the fresh mountain air, inhaling the delicate aromas of flowers not yet touched by the sun.  I am so haHAhappy - life is so good.  I go run myself a bath - my third in two days - hahaha.  Truly taking advantage of this ability to keep my body in pleasure.

I start the day with a delicious fruit salad prepared by SisterGoddess Mabella.  Papaya, banana, mango, tomatillo - all from the property here at MonteSuenos.  So very delicious.  And then I am invited for a juice at the main house with SisterGoddess Erin and SisterGoddess Meredith.  We sit on the front patio overlooking the Valley of Vilcabamba as we sip our pina smoothie.  I then get a little taste of raw chocolate cappuccino mousse and some raw chocolate covered strawberries SG Erin made.  Yummy fuel for my walk down the mountain and into town.

I put on my sneakers and I walk down and up and down and steeply up and around and down and up and across and down the mountain until I reach the ciudad of Vilcabamba. It's about a 25-30 minute walk down. A few more streets and then I reach the town square and my most favorite spot - The Juice Factory.  I order a green juice.  I scope out their wellness center and check out their products.  I buy some kale chips and raw onion bread and a pumpkin sunflower seed spread.  I drink a glass of water and walk around the corner to my favorite market.  Here, I am slowly learning to speak spanish by asking her the names of all the fruits and vegetables she has.  I love to learn and taste and try new things.

I head back up the mountain.  This is a lot harder than I thought.  Perhaps I am not yet acclimated.
I am definitely dehydrated.  And not used to mountain climbing.  I take it nice and slow and pace myself as the sun beats down on my shoulders and head.  And then a child pops up next to me.  Angel.  We speak in my broken Spanish and her little bit of English.  Watching her climb up this mountain - after her school day - and knowing this is her daily routine - gives me the oomph to just do it.

I get back to MonteSuenos and run myself another bath - SisterGoddess Sarah has provided me with bath salts which we sprinkled with all these yummy essential oils.   I sit in the hot water and knead my tight hamstrings and massage my legs.

What a great workout - cardio and all.  Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow.

This afternoon I have signed up for a breath workshop.  Three hours of deep transformational breathwork and some dancing too.  I am so excited.  I 'll let you know more manana.

Ciao for now as my SoulMama says.

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