19.11.2009 - 24.11.2009 29 °C
"Yage is space time travel. The room seems to shake and vibrate with motion."
Our bus from San Augustin was supposed to leave at 2pm, but instead we had to take a truck to the crossroads out of the town and wait more than 3hours for it to come.
We had tickets with reserved seats next to each other, instead Asia had to sit at the front on a broken seat, and I was the very back next to a snoring fat man... The road was bumpy and curvy, and I can say without a doubt that it was the worst bus ride we have experienced so far. Another thing was that the bus was supposed to go to Cali, but when we arrived in Popayan we were told it was the last stop and now we had to wait for an hour for our next bus. Although it was 2am already, we decided to spend the night at a hostel there and head to Cali in the morning.
When we finally arrived to the salsa capital of Colombia, we headed to Darek's friend's apartment where we were going to spend the next few days. Zarahi is a language teacher and a yoga instructor, so before heading out that night we had a private yoga class - so relaxing!
We had a few drinks with Zarahi and her friends at her rooftop, then went bar hopping, and we finally ended up in front of a salsa bar, where we met a bunch of crazy people -kitesurfers and artists that had very indecent proposals...
Friday, November 20th, 2009 was the day that changed our lives forever. We met with a shaman (Taita Floro) that we contacted through Darek, and participated in our first ayahuasca taking ceremony. There are no words in the English dictionary, or any other for that matter, to describe what we felt... It is a totally different experience for each person, but for us it was full of tranquility and pure happiness. So we follow Taita to Pereira for another ceremony...
On Sunday we went to Zarahi's friends' country house located on one of the mountains surrounding Cali. We met Sylvia and Ivan on Thursday, and we planned a traditional Polish dinner together. Once again we made chlodnik (Polish cold soup), sausages and potato pancakes. Sylvia made Brazilian dessert- brigadeiro- and everything turned out to be a great success
After dinner Zarahi and I went to meet Floro for a private ceremony...
After sleeping off all those ceremonies (they last all night) on Monday, we left Cali on Tuesday morning.