Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
When I was in Oaxaca earlier in the year, I met a woman, who became a friend. Besides being an acupuncturist, Jessica organizes women's retreats. When this one was announced to coincide with Dia de Muertos (as it's called in Oaxaca), I knew I had to come. The retreat itself was held in the mountains, out of cell and wifi reach, so we were really out in the wilderness. Someday, I will write about how deep this experience was for me, but for now, I will just share some photos.
Some images from around our cabin. This beautiful mushroom I'm told is deadly. By the third day, we had seen a pattern in the weather (to that point). It would be clear in the morning, and then rain in the afternoon. We decided to do a morning hike. Good call. This was our only day we got to go out to the forest, as the weather got worse and worse. Not complaining.
I did not capture photos of everything, this collection is just a hint of the awesome experience with these women.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.