Somber reflections. Reality hits home.
08.01.2009 - 09.01.2009 24 °C
In all honesty I was being rather laid back about yesterdays earthquake and treating it as a bit of an adventure and as "something to write home about". But we have been watching the images on the TV and talking to local people about the damage and loss of life and the reality of what could have been is starting to hit home. While Bill got great video footage of the raging river after the dam broke and I was having a not too dangerous adventure scrambling up a hillside to avoid the rising waters, others were dying and losing their homes.
The narrow, switchback road that we travelled to get to our Lodge on Wednesday was closed on Thursday as a result of quake- cars were covered in landslides, whole sections of the road went over the cliffs and the road is now closed. Over 150 tourists were stranded at a resort that is only about 20 kms from where we ended up staying. Some of them had to be air lifted out by helicopter. So I have become a little more serious about being thankful to whatever spirits and vibrations were looking out for us. I feel very lucky that I can say that I experienced my first (and hopefully only) earth quake as an interesting event and nothing more. Others were not so fortunate.
We have been having a good time, using local transportation, eating good food, seeing lots of birds, and getting some exercise. Tonight we are in a delightful hotel in San Ramon- thanks again to the Lonely Planet Guide Book as we arrived in the city about 5:30 after a full day of bus travel not knowing where we would be staying and this has turned out wonderfully. Big beds, hot showers etc which should prepare us for our move tomorrow to the wildlife reserve with no electricity etc. My cough is just about cleared up- it tends to come back in the evenings but I am progressing well. Bills Spanish is serving us well. I hope all is well at home and miss you all.