Il mio collega Duval, quando siamo usciti a prenderci una birra qualche giorno fa ha insistito molto che andassi a visitare la sua casa e conoscere sua madre, che a sua detta, è una donna bellissima, con più di 60 anni ma ne dimostra 30. Il giorno dell’incontro, nelle zone periferiche della città c’erano state delle barricate e dei colpi di fuoco di mattina presto. Manifestazioni dell’opposizione il giorno dell’indipendenza. Già nel pomeriggio la situazione per la città era normale e tranquilla come sempre. Oltre un cancello di metallo marrone, a dieci minuti di moto da casa mia, ci sono …
This little city on the Andes near Cajamarca still keeps a fashion of ancient times. Here I met Susan, a corageous Duch women with a son, Yannick, affected by the down sidrome. She decided to stay and built up and organization supporting down people: Proyecto Yannick. Thanks to her I get to be hosted by Carlos and Tania, a family of artists, in their interesting circular house, just outside the city. There I learnt a useful technique to keep the dogs away: prentend to take a stone from the ground and launching at them. Generally it worked out!
Bora and Huitoto communities who were originally from Putumayo (Colombia) and moved in Peru after the atrocities committed by the Arana family. They live in villages 8-hour of boat away from Pebas. As you can see, alcohol is a big problem.
Pebas is a little village on the Amazon river, between Leticia and Iquitos. I arrived there thanks to a girl met in Brazil, Carolina who told me about a lovely family who used to host travelers.
In Peru there is this religious group who call themselves “Israelitas”. They don’t cut their hair and beard and the women cover their hair. Their sacred place is a little village on the Amazon river, called “Altomonte de Israel”, but you can see isrealitas everywhere in the country. They will be very happy if you call them “hermanito” or “hermanita”.
Alter do Chao is probably one of the most alternative and hippie meeting point of the Brazilian Amazon. Surrounded by eco-communities, its clear water, free from crocodils (Jakarè) and piranhas allow you to swim. Just be careful to the electric race and to that little fish who enter your penis if you pee in the water!
Travelling by boat from Belem to Santander you pass by very poor local communities. The passengers use to prepare some packs of food, medicine and money to throw them at their passage.
Miracema de Tocanis interrupted our long travel by bus from Brasilia to Belem. Here I almost put the hand on an enormous brown poisonous spider.
Travelling through rainbow gatherings I often heard about this magic land of cristals and communities. The Comunidade Campina was born on the footsteps of the Elves Vally in Toscany (la valle degli elfi).