It happened six months ago. We went to El Salvador without knowing what countries we were going to visit more. We knew we would stay for a month and we wanted to go to Honduras, as we were looking forward to know the place Dr. Sebi created to receive people in order to contribute to their healing process, through whole plant-based food.
This travel was more than an adventure, it was a discovery of ourselves. We walked, we ran, we swam (actually I swam, Vasco prefers to explore the land), we used all kinds of public boats, buses, and tuk-tuk, so many! We never stayed for more than one night at the same place and we were able to visit four countries: El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Yes, we didn’t go to Honduras, as we were told that it would be dangerous to cross the border, due to social issues happening at the time.
I won’t describe all the details of the trip, but I can assure you it was one of the most inspiring travels I’ve ever made. I’d been to Costa Rica before, a lovely country, full of nature everywhere. That was one of the reasons I wanted to go back to Central America and explore more.
Our journey on the raw food diet was never so high as during that month. We ate all the fruit we wanted, as it was super cheap: papayas, sapotas, watermelons, melons, pineapples, apples, oranges, tangerines, avocados, grenadines, litchi, and all kinds of bananas.
We even added buckwheat sprouts to our papayas!
It was extremely amazing how we managed to eat raw almost all the time, without any problem whatsoever. Actually, the only three or four times I ate cooked food was because I chose to, not that I felt I had to. We kept the structure we knew it worked for us, which was mostly fruit during the day (sometimes we found small beautiful raw salads at the markets) and a salad at night.
We managed to buy greens, mostly lettuce and sometimes other kinds of tender leaves, like celery, and then added avocados and other vegetables, like bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and olives. Then we joined the hemp seeds, the sprouted buckwheat, the dehydrated sweet potato chips and the whole supplements we brought from Portugal, and voilà, our salads were ready!
The cooked food happened when we slept in places that had a kitchen available. There we steamed some potatoes and added to our late meals. I still remember the taste of those potatoes mixed with the avocados, hmmm. We actually reproduced it back at home, but with sweet potato instead.
Vasco also tried some typical papuzas, some sort of pancakes made out of corn, with rice and tomato onion sauce.
Our energy levels were at the top, as we needed so much to keep on going.
We saw markets everywhere, selling everything you can imagine, from food to anything else. In Guatemala and El Salvador, the fruit is everywhere and their colors mix together with people’s kindness and simplicity.
In Mexico, the public transports are a bit more developed, which made us miss a bit the wild buses in Guatemala. But everywhere, we could feel the people’s great energy, while they spoke that soft Spanish they speak. Belize was a bit different, as they speak in English and they have many cultures in only one small country.
The most amazing places we’ve been were the waterfalls in Mexico and Guatemala. I can’t even describe the feeling of swimming in those crystal clear blue and green waters. I’ve swum in so many seas and rivers throughout my life, and yet I still get amazed by these miracles of nature.
Our unpredictable trip took us to lonely mountains, old ruins, crowded streets, landscapes with volcanoes, small islands, gardens, long trips in full buses, and night travels. We saw ourselves looking for a place to sleep under the rain, at night. Yet, we always found ways to create our peaceful reality, by focusing on what really mattered to us. Our Inner smile was the key to enjoy this lovely journey, that we created ourselves, and all the hearts around really showed us the way.