March 17: Volcan Totumo
_Today I joined an organized tour of Volcan Totumo, and I'm aware of the implications of my decision. $22, lunch incl. The bus picks us up at around 8.30am and we spend the next 1.5 hr to pick up people from all the possible hotels in town... I feel like giving up and go back to my comfy room...
Eventually we arrive at the vulcano, which is the smallest one I ever seen, probably not more than 30m. There is a stair that takes you to the top where instead of lava you find mud, which is supposed to be good for you somehow... The mud pool is about 5m diameter and it's full of muddy people floating and getting massages by the expert hands of these locals who spend their days in this mud hole, $1.5. Outside of it there are other locals who are holding the cameras of the dozens people inside and taking pictures of their muddiness, $1.5. Since I'm here I'm going to try anyway. The consistency is the one of a creme, it's pretty thick: you float, you can't touch the bottom and you can't sink in anyway. It's quite different. After the mud bath everybody go down the stair to get rinsed off by a lady in the lake 50m down. Other $1.5. Lunch w fried fish at a beach nearby, neither are that good.
Back to Getsemani I meet Robbert and we go out for a drink: what better place than the garden at Ciudad Movil? There I met one of the founders, Dina, she is Italian and explained to me that 8 artists of different fields started this no profit project this past December, with the goal of promoting local and international talents giving them a platform to perform and exhibit. They also want to start a yoga program: any teacher interested?
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