The Cotswolds Outstanding Hike – 30 Km – Bledington – Icomb – Bourton-On-The-Water- Oxfordshire Pathway – June 20

Today I gratefully share with you, a beautiful hiking experience, a 9 hours hike Oxfordshire Way, that I had the pleasure to take on with my very good friend Misha and her partner Martin. They are both skilled hikers so I am always inspired whenever Misha invites me over to join her wonderful escapades.

The day started with me taking a 30-minute bike ride from West London to Paddington Station, where I met my hiking companions. The train ticket off-peak return to Moreton-in-Marsh station cost GBP42.80. I knew this hike was about to be challenging as I did not sleep well the night before, but then again I was glad to share another venture in the countryside of gorgeous England.

My friend Misha proposed that we get off one station before Moreton-in-Marsh, Kingham and start the hike from there. We arrived at 11:20 am and were straight on our way. 

The first town we stopped at was Bledington, a scenic town located in the Evenlode Valley, which crosses part of the Oxfordshire Way. We stopped by the stunning Church of St Leonard, originally built in the 12th century, this stone building is one of the jewels churches in the Cotswolds, and it is a Grade I listed building (awarded to those buildings of exceptional interest). Although we were not allowed in due to closure, it was enjoyable to observe its stone-medieval outer view. 

While at Bledington, we were lucky to come across with the good-looking Aramis the Shetland while he was out on his afternoon walk, sweet little pony. 

We continued then towards Icomb passing by lovely green scenery and a reservoir, where we observed nice tiny dragonflies during their blue-amongst green colourful flights. 

We arrived in Icomb at 1:10 pm and crossed slowly through this quiet Cotswold, which provided us with lovely views of historic cottages and incredible medieval carvings. Misha got excited to see that the local church, St Mary the Virgin, as she wanted to have a private pray and have her sins pardoned, blessed her. 

We crossed through stunning and wavy grassland and had the chance to admire some well-dressed horses around the area. I was astonished, this was seriously a unique view.

We continued towards Wick Rissington following still the Oxfordshire pathway and enjoying more gorgeous views, woodlands, ponds. This village is spread along a lovely green area of half a mile. We found a small yet refreshing stream of water where some local children were happily playing and having fun. This village is considered as “unspoilt” for its stunning Cotswold stone cottages. It was then 2:30 pm, and we continued our way passing by the Greystones Farm Natural Reserve and continue along until our next stop, our lunch stop Bourton on-the-water.

3 pm: Bourton on-the-water: I was pleased to arrive at this fascinating village because it was lunch-resting stop point!. 

As I came into town, I felt sort of walking into a fictional children story. The stone houses, bridges, natural rural vibe, wow.. it all felt rather special. I was gladly surprised to see that many people enjoying their picnics. Although the shops, cafes, restaurants, attractions and hotel were still closed, (this was mid-June 2020), I could still notice the vibrant spirit of the local people.

Everyone seemed joyful in the outdoors relaxing by the shores of the River Windrush, a river than travels through not only this village but also other parts of the Cotswolds and other rural areas to the point to meet the Thames on its journey to London and the sea. 

After lunch, we wandered around the village and discovered that it is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of its pretty bridges that crossover the flowing River Windrush passing through the town-centre. 

We continued then our way, leaving behind Bourton-on-The-Water and witnessing more unspoiled fields and natural woodland, passing by Cold Aston, Naunton, we witness water streams and more animals such as horses, sheep and even little tiny frogs!. 

While we walked through Naunton, where we stopped and were peeking at one of the lovely cottages….when suddenly when the lovely owner came out, her name is Mary, and she invited us in the see her beautiful garden and her historic lovely home. She was happy to share her stories about living in the village, and his life back in London.. she also told us the many of the cottages in the Cotswolds now belong to rich bankers from Hong Kong… there you go, you learn something every day.

We thanked Mary for her hospitality and continued our way towards Lower Slaughter and then Upper Slaughter.

Initially, our estimated hiking length was 27 km, but in fact, it had already been 30 km. We then realised that we were behind schedule to get back to Moreton-In –Marsh train station for the last train service to London. It was nearly 9 pm and I was exhausted after 9 hours hike, I definitely did not want to rush! But we were at risk of being stranded.

At that point, I remember fantasising that someone would come across and offer to take us to the train station so we would not miss our last train to London. All types of accommodations in the area were closed due to the Covid restrictions, so it was a bit worrying for a moment. 

But worry not, as it was then when we spotted two ladies driving a Zip-Car, they were noticeably also having a day out around the area. And for some reason, they stopped exactly where we were walking by…Voila, as you know I believe that human solidarity still exists, and it did exist for us that day. Martin approached them and asked them to take us to the train station. And the two pretty ladies, one from France and the other open from the USA kindly gave us the 15 minutes’ drive-ride to Moreton-in-Marsh. We managed to catch the last train at 9:54 pm! Phew. Happy days.

We arrived back in London Paddington 11:30 pm ready for a great night sleep.

 Thank you again for reading my adventures, they are all blessings that the universe allow me to experience.

Blessings to all.

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Jenny

Cambodia: Angkor Archaeological Site: Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan – Day Two

Here the itinerary for day two 🙂

1. Early Sunrise (Did not rise for me) @ Angkor Wat

I revisited Angkor Wat temple today since I read that the sunrise is breath-taking. I got up at 4 am and headed towards the temple, as recommended to get the sunrise view. Unfortunately, it was not my lucky day for this view, since the sun never actually rose, it was a pretty cloudy morning…, so the only picture I managed to get was one of the murky blue skies. Still gorgeous, so no complaint at all.

2- Pre Rup

The temple was built in a foothill, designed on a 3-pyramid layout rising to 12 m, it represents Mount Meru, dedicated to Shiva, the temple was erected in 961 by King Rajendravarman II. It is only 6 km East of Angkor Thom so naturally was our next point to visit. The temple was unearthed during the 1930s by French George Trouvé who brought the site back to light from its overly nature-overgrown status.

This enormous brick construction symbolises the five mountain peaks of Mount Meru, the sacred mountain in Hindu mythology, its size, height and warm-toned made it an ideal place to witness the beauty of its countryside surroundings.

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When I visited, it was still early in the day, and I was the only person at that moment, so I took advantage for some solo photos and to contemplate the atmosphere for a bit before leaving for the next visit.

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3- East Mebon: 

East Mebon temple was an island, and as such it was only accessible by boat Standing here today, surrounded by trees, palms and so much nature, I found difficult to imagine this temple in the middle of a gigantic reservoir. I learned an artificial body of water created that island through various embankments which contained over 8 million of cubic water. This construction achieved then the deviation and linking of water-flows around Angkor.

I noticed stone lions, which supposed to be the guardians of the temple bordering the platforms. Also, in the four corners of the temple, I observed the beautifully engraved elephants, which show artistic ability.

The temple remains in service, where believers still pray to the Hindu god Indra to ask for rain at the end of the dry monsoon season in April and May, as such, it is common to see offerings of candles and incense around the site.

4- Ta Som:

We passed this relatively quiet site, built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, on our way to Preah Khan. The temple features three enclosures with big gateways known as “gopuras” and a central sanctuary.

5- Angkor Complex - TAM SON by Jenny Rojas

The highlight when visiting this temple is to see the bizarre-view of a strangler fig growing on one of the gopuras. It seems that nature undoubtedly claiming back from space from history.

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fig growing on one of the gopuras

Along the way, I crossed a central sanctuary and its four corners buildings. Some of the carvings are particularly skilled, especially to those of the female divinities represented in various styles.

5- Neak Pean:

This natural-man made beauty is a large square lake which is surrounded by four smaller ponds. It was built in the second half of the 12th century by king Jayavarman VII, dedicated to Buddhist. It is also believed to have been sacred to Buddha as he reached Nirvana.

11- Day Two - Angkor Complex - Neak Pean - Late 12th Century - by Jenny Rojas

The central pond is an imitation of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, which gives way to the four great rivers of the earth. These rivers are signified at Neak Pean by moulded gargoyles corresponding to the four cardinal points Lake Anavatapta, worshipped in India for its healing powers.

14- Day Two - Angkor Complex - Neak Pean - Late 12th Century - by Jenny Rojas

6- Preah Khan:

Our last visit of the day, and one of the most impressive to my eyes.

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This temple was built following after the defining battle with the Buddhist King of the Chams. This king belonged to a kingdom in what is now Vietnam, in the year 1191.

The victory secured Jayavarman VIII his position into the most significant period of Khmer prosperity. Its name translates to “the Sacred Sword”.

This impressive structure stretches over an area of 56 hectares. The area still has few traces of t Buddhist figures, which changed into a more Hindu style by the King Jayavarman VIII in the 13th century.

The structure was initially built-up with wooden houses and huts, long gone, where ordinary people lived. The inner sanctuaries seem to look overcrowded among the several temple buildings, including a well-preserved Hall of Dancers.

This temple truly impressed me, and all its aesthetics are unique; for moments, it feels that the overgrowing vegetation and giant trees keep swallowing the ruins!.

 

Thank you very much for reading my blog, and don’t be shy leave a comment.

“Angkor Wat is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.” – António da Madalena, 1586

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Barichara: The most beautiful town in Colombia & Frutos Conciencia Barichara Living Foods of Our Land

Barichara…where she creates a magical world, where I am blessed to be invited from time to time, even when I show up at her Barichara home with twelve members of my beautiful family!

 This trip, to this lovely town called Barichara, in Santander Colombia, was in July 2017 and I remember arriving anxious to see my family, after an 80-day tour around various countries in the world..

..and then Barichara caught me again, I was full of pride to be Colombian. I have no doubt that this is truly a magical place, full of a calm and a peaceful atmosphere, where time seems to have stopped.. almost as if it was taken from one of Gabriel García Márquez books. This is a city reluctant to lose its historical identity, which I had previously visited years ago with my sister Adriana, but it was then time to return.

This has been one of the trips that I have never written about before but which brought me great joys, sentiments, adventures and much friendship, thankful to see this gathering becoming true. Well, as I was telling you a few lines ago, Margarita had invited me times before… and well, then my travelling head, full of ideas, told me that this city could be the ideal point to set up a family trip, and without further ado, I proposed my family to meet me there on the last weekend of that July, to celebrate together with family and friends, the culmination of my fantastic 80-day trip. That was the place then,  where we would enjoy a warm weekend in July, with my great friend Margarita.

Thanks to my family who is exceptional and a little crazy, and mostly so willing to cope with my madness. They grabbed their kids and stuff and embarked on a 300km road trip and almost 7 hours from Bogotá to Barichara, arriving at Margarita’s door, Tu Casa Barichara, a place where they were welcomed with affection, friendship and love for the land.

While they were travelling through the mountainous roads of our beautiful country Colombia, I was leaving San Pedro Ambergis in Belize, happily aboard those birds of metal, sticking my nose to the window as usual. I crossed Panama, Bogotá, and Bucaramanga…. And then 3 more hours by road… phew until finally arriving at dawn, with my eyes on the neck, tired but happy at the entrance door of “Tu Casa Barichara,” with the tremendous illusion of seeing my loved ones and making a mixture of adventurous memories during that weekend in that wonderful land of Santander.

Barichara: The most beautiful town in Colombia

Barichara is a small town in the north of Colombia, in the department of Santander, a city that proudly adorns itself with its cobbled streets and its brownish and colonial architecture, it is also colloquially known in the country as “the most beautiful town in Colombia“, thanks to being one of the best-preserved, where one feels that they have travelled a couple of centuries ago.

Barichara, a place of colours and brown/reddish roofs where churches play a significant role. We passed by the beautiful Chapel of Santa Barbara, which was very close to the main square, there I took the opportunity to take some photos of the family moments. Right in front, there was a sculpture of a cross and oxen ploughing the land symbolizing the activities of this land. This turned out to be also an ideal place to stop to observe the rows of tile roofs that can be seen in Barichara that seem to extend towards that beautiful mountain perspective.

The streets of Barichara gave us a vivid representation of the city, as it was the best way to appreciate it, spending the afternoon hanging around the squares and streets while stopping at some craft stores, or eating ice cream, moments full of scenes for good photos. Barichara also gave us the opportunity to get in touch with ecotourism, nature and beautiful landscapes full of green fields and traces of our colonial past.

Canon del Río Suárez y el Gran Cordón de Los Yariguíes - Barichara by Jenny Rojas111

We then stopped for a while at El Mirador where we enjoyed a panorama drawn by the Canon of the Río Suárez and the Gran Cordón de Yariguíes, there the sun gave way to witness the magnificence of the gigantic Andean mountains.

El Camino Real – From Barichara to Guane:

This 8 km trail was built by the indigenous Guanes, and later on, used by the Spanish during the colonial times. The path has become a traditional route, and one recommended to those lucky people visiting this area of the country. It goes from Barichara to Guan. It normally starts at La Calle de la Piedra de Bolívar.

At the time, I had not arrived yet to Barichara, but my family undertook this hike and then told me all details about their experience. It seems to have been a challenging one. The path is full of cobblestone roads with many descents and ascents, which made it difficult to hike since they were together with their young children, who in the end were managed to complete the hike happily. The route allowed them to enjoy this ecotourism experience, full of beautiful scenery and also allowed them to experience a little bit our past, the past of our Guanes aboriginal ancestors.

“In Colombia, there is the most beautiful, authentic and beautiful city, an authentic jewel of our past and our heritage ”JR.

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Jenny

 

Well, now I would like to tell you a little about Margarita’work, who as I told you before, is a great friend who I deeply appreciate and respect for her integrity and love for the land. (By the way, whenever you want to go to Colombia and visit this beautiful city, do contact me and I can gladly advise with your personalised itinerary).

Frutos Conciencia Barichara:  Live and Energy Food

Frutos Conciencia Barichara - Barichara, Margarita and her team

The community group led by Margarita works with science and ethics to heal the body and mind from the roots, where the power of our relationship with food comes from our mother earth, as a connectivity doorway, mother listens to and cares for our body, our spirit and therefore all our surroundings. Frutos Conciencia believes in the opportunity of transforming the world from the delights of natural food. Each powerful cereal mix, made by Margarita and her team of collaborators, includes a variety of fruits, seeds, and leaves, carefully pressed and made to make food a conscious act of well-being and health.

The ingredients are all locally selected, fresh and nutritious, from their own garden or from local peasant production in this region. They are then perfectly blended and fermented to produce true nutritional delights for human consumption. Frutos Conciencia strives to care for relationships with all beings that make possible the realization of this unique product, to provide light and transform lives, those lives that Pachamama has given us, to fill it with the pure food of the earth made with a lot of love.

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And if you are still reading, here I share this: My Writings Dedicated To My Friend Margarita Higuera: Frutos Conciencia Founder. Written in September 2019)

”. .. and here we are, taking a breather in time, to pause and take time for ourselves, for me.☝️ Today, I celebrate her life, because she travelled over 8000 km, with her handsome little man.. Ahead in time, through the sky with no limits.. to this part of the ocean,, and thanks to a wonderful gigantic metal bird… An Avianca Dreamliner.. A bit of the story today is about dried fruits, those that she transforms from her gorgeous and fertile Barichara land, thousands of miles away from London, she converts them into delicacies of glory, delicious and super healthy that I can practically taste a piece of heaven. She works entirely an organic product, full of faith, patience, passion and love for the land, Pachamama is her life, her natural state of mind. That day I had the joy of trying some of those delicacies. Mmmm Lucky me!.

In everyday life, she gives herself to others and often even forgets her own needs. She is tremendously kind with that sort of energy that illuminates the whole coast! , ..well that day the Costa Coffee of the Westfield promenade!. I can feel her spirit chit-chatting because of the pleasantness of her thoughts and then she drinks a hot black cup of coffee, in the hot weather like that day! Madness… just because she lives in a different world. We are so different yet in some way alike. Being around Margarita feels like an instant of profound well-being. And while I am sipping my nice iced-soy cappuccino, I listen to the stories of her fantastic yet real-life adventures, I smile and I listen.

That day I escaped work to see this remarkable woman, who I profoundly admire, who lives in a world outside our world, outside our system, in a jewel of a town, frozen in time, called Barichara, in Santander, Colombia, so peaceful and so present. She expresses and smiles by experiences of working the land with her own hands, and of those fortunate to be around her, she has the power of creating, rooted from her curiosity for nature, and then she creates a magical world, where I am blessed to be invited sometimes. (Even when I show up at her Barichara home with 12 members of my family!!!).

Challenges of time, matter not, neither does expired passports.. there are no obstacles to her path of life.. because she carries on, she travels through her routes and beaming along the way… and despite some drawbacks, she inspires peace. She converts the impossible into I’m possible. She is a rock, yet vulnerable to the social modern system we live in.

I write sometimes stories and today she was my story, that one that I really needed to share. Her life is based on living her presence, sometimes a hippy and always happy.. Always a psychologist and forever a friend. Today my writing is dedicated to her “mi niña mangarita” as I call her sometimes, with a heart of gold, thanks for making my day and many other days before today, more joyful and full of calm, hope and comfort…. friendship shall remain within the energy of our souls. Feeling inspired, with a highlighted heart I’m grateful for another blessed day”

How Can YOU Help This Initiative? – Frutos Conciencia Barichara

  1. After reading this article, check their social networks of the project and share it, sometimes we want to help and we don’t know how, well here is the opportunity to help this beautiful community project.
  2. After buying and testing your product you can also share your feedback about it to Margarita and/or even better also share them on all your social networks.
  3. Make your requests, enjoy the mother earth within you.

 

“Mother Earth is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. You carry Mother Earth within you. ” Thich Nhat Hanh

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Barichara: El Pueblo más lindo de Colombia & Frutos Conciencia Barichara Alimentos Vivos de Nuestra Tierra

Barichara…

“ella crea un mundo mágico, donde tengo la suerte de ser invitada de vez en cuando… incluso cuando me presento en Tu Casa de Barichara con doce miembros de mi bella familia!”

Este viaje a esta hermosa y pequeña ciudad llamada Barichara, en Santander Colombia, fue en el mes de Julio de 2017 y ese dia yo llegaba anhelosa después de un paseito de 80 días por el mundo.

Barichara me atrapo otra vez, la visita me lleno de orgullo colombiano, no me cabe duda que es verdaderamente un lugar mágico, con una atmosfera de paz y calma donde el tiempo parece no pasar, casi casi que parece sacado de un cuento de Gabriel García Márquez. Allí hay un ambiente de conexión con nuestra tierra, una ciudad pequeña y acogedora que se reúsa a perder su identidad histórica. Yo ya había ido años atrás con mi hermana Adriana, pero era ya entonces la hora de volver.

Este ha sido una de los viajes de los cuales nunca había escrito antes pero que me trajo enormes alegrías, emociones, aventuras y mucha fraternidad y agradecimiento de ver esta reunión hecha realidad. Mi gran amiga Margarita me había invitado ya varias veces…y possss yo con mi cabecita que está  siempre llena de ideas, se me ocurrió que allí podría ser el punto ideal para armar un viaje familiar,… y sin más ni más, les extendi la invitación al resto de mi familia para encontrarnos  en el último fin de semana de ese Julio. Un viaje para celebrar juntos en familia y entre amigos, la culminación otro sueno cumplido en mi vida.. un mi viaje sola, recorrido fantástico de 80 días por varios paises del globo

Bueno y gracias que mi familia es única y un poco loca en el buen sentido de la palabra, pues todos me llevaron la cuerda, agarraron sus chinos y corotos y se dieron al viaje en carretera de más de 300 kms y de casi 7 horas desde Bogotá a Barichara, y así llegaron a parar en la puerta de la casa de Margarita: Tu Casa Barichara, un lugar donde fueron recibidos con mucho cariño, amistad y amor por la tierra.

Mientras mi familia viajaba por las carreteras montañosas de nuestra hermosa Colombia, yo salía de  San Pedro Ambergis en Belice, feliz montada en mis pájaros del aire, pegando mi nariz a la ventana como siempre  y conectando así por Panamá, Bogotá, Bucaramanga… .y carretera. phew hasta por fin llegar a la madrugada, con los ojos en la nuca y aún más chiquiticos que lo normal! a las puertas de Tu Casa Barichara, con la ilusión de tremenda de ver a mis seres queridos y hacer juntos una sopa de aventuras durante ese fin de semana en esa maravillosa tierra de Santander.

 

 

Barichara: El Pueblo más lindo de Colombia

Barichara es un pueblo al norte de Colombia, en el departamento de Santander, un lugar que se adorna orgulloso de sus calles adoquinadas y su arquitectura marronsita y colonial, tambien conocida coloquialmente en el pais como “el pueblo mas lindo de Colombia”, por ser unos de los mas conservados, donde uno se siente que ha viajado un par de siglos atrás.

Las calles de Barichara nos brindaron una viva descripcion de la ciudad, y pues fue la mejor forma de apreciarla, pasando la tarde merodeando por las plazitas y calles mientras parabamos en algunas tiendas de artesanias, o a comer un heladito, momentos llenos de escenas propicias para buenas fotos.

 

Barichara, un lugar de colores y techos marrones enrojecidos donde las iglesias juegan un papel significativo. Nosotros pasamos por la pequena  Capilla de Santa Barbara, que estaba muy cerca de la plaza principal, alli aproveche para tomarles unos fotitos a mis modelos preferidos. Justo al frente encontramos una escultura de una cruz y bueyes arando la tierra simbolizando las actividades por esta esta tierra de campos. Este punto tambien un lugar ideal para detenernos a observar las filas de techos y entretejas de Barichara que pareciecen extenderse hacia lo largo una interminable vista montanosa al frente nuestro.

Barichara tambien nos brindo la oportunidad de entrar en contacto con el ecoturismo, la naturaleza y hermosísimos paisajes llenos de campos verdes y repleta huellas de un pasado colonial. Paramos tambien un rato en El Mirador, donde logramos observar un panorama trazado por el Canon del Río Suárez y La Serrania de Los Yariguíes, donde el sol se dio paso mostrarnos la grandeza de nuestras imponentes montañas andinas.

 

Canon del Río Suárez y el Gran Cordón de Los Yariguíes - Barichara by Jenny Rojas111

El Camino Real – De Barichara a Guane:

Este recorrido de más o menos 8 km, fue levantado por los indígenas guanees, y luego fue usado por los españoles.

El camino se ha vuelto un recorrido tradicional y recomendado para los afortunados que visiten esta zona del país. Va desde Barichara a Guane, generalmente comienza desde la calle de la Piedra de Bolívar. Yo aún no llegaba, pero mi familia si lo hizo y me contaron que fue una aventura retante por caminos empedrados de muchas bajadas y subidas, lo que lo hizo más difícil fue estar obviamente con mis sobrinitos que aún tenía 4 y 5  anitos de edad.

Sin embargo ellos fueron los más alegrones y llevaron la jornada muy bien. La ruta les permitió disfrutar de esta experiencia ecoturística, llenas de paisajes hermosos, y además les permitió tocar un poquito del rastro de nuestros antepasados aborígenes Guanes.

“Para que las joyas si en Colombia existe la mas bella, autentica y bonita ciudad, joya de autentica nuestro pasado y nuestra herencia”JR.

Que Es Frutos Conciencia Barichara? Alimentos Vivos Y Energéticos

Bueno ahora me gustaría hablar un poco de la labor de Margarita, quien como les conté antes, es una gran amiga a la que aprecio y respeto profundamente por su entereza y amor por la tierra. (A propósito, cuando quieran ir a Colombia y visitar esta linda ciudad, me cuentan y con gusto les puedo asesorar con el programa entero).

La labor de la que voy a hablar se llama frutos conciencia Barichara y reúne un profundo compromiso con la tierra, la naturaleza, el sentido de comunidad y camaradería, para poder un alimento puro de la tierra para nuestro disfrute, aquí la historia:

El grupo liderado por Margarita, trabaja arduamente con ciencia y conciencia para sanar el cuerpo y la mente desde la raíz, donde yace la gran potencia de relacionarnos profundamente con nuestros alimentos, aquellos que vienen de nuestra madre tierra, como puerta de conexión, comunicación y cuidado de nuestro cuerpo, que es nuestro templo en la tierra, y de nuestro espíritu, por ende todo nuestro entorno. Frutos Conciencia cree en la posibilidad de transformar el mundo a partir de las delicias de los alimentos naturales.

Aquí les comparto fotos de su producto – Fotos por @pedromiguelfotografo

Cada mezcla poderosa de cereales, elaborada por Margarita y su pequeño equipo de colaboradores, incluye una variedad de frutos, semillas y hojas, prensadas y elaboradas esmeradamente para crear del alimento como un acto consciente de bienestar y salud. Los ingredientes son todos localmente seleccionados, frescos y nutritivos, provenientes de su propio jardín o de la producción local campesina de su región.

Luego se mezclan y fermentan con precisión para producir verdaderas delicias nutritivas para nuestro disfrute. Frutos conciencia se esmeran por cuidar las relaciones con todos los seres que hacen posible la realización de este producto único, para proveer luz y transformar vidas, esas vidas que Pachanama nos ha regalado, para llenarla del alimento puro de la tierra elaborado con muchísimo amor. Si  quieren ayudar a este lindo proyecto, compartan este artículo, compren (no importa si estan afuera del país, pueden comprar para sus seres queridos) o sigan a frutos_conciencia_Barichara en las redes sociales aquí:

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Bueno y si aún siguen leyendo esta nota, aquí quiero compartirles este escrito que le dedique a mi amiga Margarita, la creadora de este lindo proyecto. Lo escribi durante su visita a Londres el año pasado

Un Escrito Dedicado a Margarita Higuera: Fundadora de Frutos Conciencia Barichara

Septiembre de 2019, tomando cafecito en Café Costa de Westfield Shepherd Bush

 .. .. “y aquí estamos, tomando un respiro en el tiempo, haciendo una pausa, para nosotras mismas, para mí mas que nada. Hoy, celebro su vida, porque viajó más de 8000 km, con su pequeño hombre guapo… adelante en el tiempo, a través del cielo azul y sin lí.. a esta parte del océano, y gracias a un maravilloso pájaro gigante de metal… un Avianca Dreamliner …hoy comparto unos momentos con ella. Un poco de la historia de hoy es sobre frutas secas, Frutos Conciencia Barichara, las que ella transforma de su hermosa y fértil tierra de Barichara, a miles de kilómetros de Londres, y las convierte en manjares de gloria, deliciosas y súper saludables que prácticamente puedo saborear un pedacito de cielo. Ella trabaja completamente un producto orgánico, lleno de fe, paciencia, pasión y amor por la tierra, Pachanama es su vida, su estado mental natural. Ese día tuve la alegría de probar algunos de esos manjares. Mmmm ¡Qué suerte! En la vida cotidiana, ella se entrega a los demás y, a menudo, incluso olvidándose de propias necesidades. ¡Es tremendamente amable con ese tipo de energía que ilumina toda la costa! Pues hoy la del Costa Café del Westfield !. Hasta puedo sentir su espíritu parlotear con fuerza de sus pensamientos…ella luego bebe una taza gigante de café hirviendo americano y negro , yo me rio de verla.. ¡en el clima cálido como este día! Esta loca. Pero.. solo porque ella vive en un mundo diferente. Somos tan diferentes pero de alguna manera parecidas. Estar cerca de Margarita se siente como un instante de profundo bienestar, de esperanza. Y mientras tomo capuchino de soja helada, escucho sus historias de aventuras fantásticas pero reales, sonrío a carcajada y la escucho. Hoy escapé del trabajo para ver a esta valiosa mujer, a quien admiro profundamente, que vive en un mundo fuera de nuestro mundo, fuera de nuestro sistema, en una joya de una ciudad, congelada en el tiempo, llamada Barichara, en Santander, Colombia, pacífica y muy presente disfrutando el ahora. Ella se sonríe contándome sus experiencias de trabajar el campo y la tierra con sus propias manos, y las historias de aquellos afortunados de estar cerca de ella, ella tiene el poder de crear, arraigada en su curiosidad por la naturaleza, ella crea un mundo mágico, lleno de luz, de conexión, donde tengo la suerte de ser invitada muchas veces (¡Incluso cuando me presento en su casa de Barichara con 12 miembros de mi familia.Los desafíos del tiempo, no importan, tampoco las historias de pasaportes vencidos y arreglos de viaje a última hora… hoy no hay obstáculos para su camino de la vida… porque continúa, viaja a través de sus rutas y radiante en el camino, inspirando paz. Ella convierte lo imposible en posible, es una roca, que aunque vulnerable al sistema social moderno en el que vivimos, siempre sale victoriosa. A veces escribo historias y este día como hoy ella es mi historia, esa que realmente necesitaba compartir. Su vida se basa en vivir su presente, su valoración por la tierra, a veces hippie y siempre “happy”. Siempre psicóloga y siempre amiga. Hoy mi escritura está dedicada a “mi niña mangarita”, como la llamo a veces, con un corazón de oro, gracias por hacer mi día y muchos otros días antes de hoy, más alegre y lleno de calma, esperanza y consuelo… la amistad permanecerá dentro de la energía de nuestras almas. Sintiéndome inspirada, con un corazón resaltado, hoy agradezco por su amistad”

Como Puedes TU Ayudar Esta Iniciativa???? – Frutos Conciencia Barichara

  • Después de leer este artículo, chequea sus redes sociales del proyecto y compártelo, a veces queremos ayudar y no sabemos cómo, pues bueno aquí la oportunidad de ayudar este lindo proceso comunitario.
  • Luego de comprar y probar su producto también puedes compartir tu retroalimentación acerca del mismo a Margarita y/o aún mejor también compartirlos en todas tu redes sociales.
  • Hagan sus pedidos, disfruta de la madre tierra dentro de ti.

 

“La Madre Tierra no está fuera de ti. La Madre Tierra no es solo tu entorno. Llevas la Madre Tierra vive dentro de ti”. Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Con Amor

🙏

Jenny

Last Day in China: Rongshan Lake Scenic Area & Guilin to Hong Kong Bullet Train: Day 10

It was our last day in China, so I was feeling a bit emotional because, despite the exceptionally hot weather, I knew that it would be a long time before I would come back here again. I had enjoyed so much Chinese culture, their unique landscape and the plenty of funny stories we had experienced so far there with my little Felipe.

By Jenny Rojas Aug19 - Rhonshang Lake Scenic Area
View from the Aroma Tea House Hotel in Guilin

Anyhow, that morning things took an unanticipated event. Well not that bad so no worries! !.. The thing is that our next flight, which was going to be from Guilin to Hong Kong (which I was looking forward to going, as it would have been my first experience on-board Cathay…) got cancelled due to the disruption protests at Hong Kong Airport. I only realised it because I had e-mail alerts set up for all my flights.

Thankfully since I arranged our trip through our trusted local partner, by the time I called them to notify them, they had already arranged an alternative transport for us! Happy days! That is what I called good service! … This change turned out to be a worthy surprise as well since we found out that that we were going to be travelling instead on-board the new train service, which the locals call “bullet train” from Guilin to Hong Kong, so I knew that this was going to be a good thing to feedback to my colleagues. I fully recommend it now as a preferred option to travel between these two cities.

 

Rhonshang Lake Scenic Area:

Since our morning suddenly got freed you due to this itinerary change. I decided to full up with an energetic breakfast at the lovely roof-amazing-view restaurant at Aroma Tea House hotel, before going on an enjoyable stroll around the area, which luckily for us was by the shores of the beautiful Rhonshang lake scenic area, also called “four lakes and two rivers”.

The whole area covers the Rong Lake, Shan Lake, Gui Lake and the Mulons Lake and the rivers Li and the Taohua.

This morning walk also turned out to be a charming experience of witnessing the local culture, beautiful scenery.

As we walked along the shore on an uninterrupted picturesque view from Rong Lake and Shan Lake, I could not stop feeling a sense of peace and delight while observing the locals during their morning routines of dances, singing and practice of Thai-chi.

We even managed to have a look at the Old South Gate, a thousand year’s old gate, which is original from the Song Dynasty. Truly a pleasant morning that was.

Bullet Train:

After midday, we left for Guilin West Rail station. The train journey time is 3 hr and 20 minutes-ish.

Bullet - High Speed Railway - Guilin to Hong Kong

I learned that the train offers three types of seats: 2nd class, 1st class (the one we get to travel on today) and Business Class. I found the journey comfortable. I found the seating layout of 2-2 configuration spacious, and restful. This first-class service offers power outlets, snack and of course plenty of amusing views.

The trains are super modern and have fountains in between carriages with cold and hot water, which made easy for me to make some noddle’s on-board for our lunch. (I had beforehand bought our food and snack since unfortunate I found that crew and staff around China speak very little English so I would not know how to ask for a vegan or egg-free meal).

We sat down and relax for the whole journey, before arriving happily and on time at Kowloon Hong Kong Train Station where our next adventures were waiting for us.

“The right train of thought can take you to a better station in life”

Thanks for reading!!! 🙂

Love from

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Jenny

 

 

 

 

Día 9: Crucero por el Río Li: Un viaje impresionante viaje desde Mopanshan a Yangshuo

En Guilin, nos hospedamos en el centro, en Aroma Tea House, un hotel boutique discreto pero confortable con una excelente ubicación, a pocos metros de las orillas del pintoresco lago Ronghu, y un lugar encantador para pasar la noche antes de emprender nuestra aventura en crucero al día siguiente.

Nuestro segundo día en Guilin nos trajo más aventuras encantadoras y paisajes increíbles y emocionantes, que al mismo tiempo también nos obligaron a despertar nuestra imaginación. Nunca antes conocí el término “paisaje kárstico”, pero con este viaje, sin duda lo aprendí, espero que lo aprecies también después de terminar de leer esta publicación.

 

CRUCERO POR EL RÍO LI

A la mañana siguiente, viajamos hacia el sur 26 km para llegar al muelle de Mopanshan, donde nos embarcamos en un impresionante viaje de 54 km, por el río Li hacia la ciudad de Yangshuo.

Day 9 - Guilin Journey - Beautiful Scenery River Li Cruise to Yangshuo
Our itinerary for today

Nos fascinó la vista y ciertamente nos encantó jugar con nuestra imaginación para apreciar las representaciones descritas por los locales sobre este escenario espectacular.

China - Day 9 Li River Cruise by Jenny Rojas

 

El Crucero:

Nuestro guía me dijo que hay tres tipos de barcos para navegar en este viaje de 4 horas; siendo estos: 3 estrellas, 4 estrellas y 4.5 estrellas, los cuales operan diariamente. Las diferencias entre ellos son principalmente su capacidad y calidad de las comidas.

Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo - 3 Stars Service
Crucero Tipo 3 Estrellas

A nosotros nuestro operador nos reservó un tipo de 3 estrellas, con una capacidad de 150 personas. El bote me pareció espacioso, cómodo e impecablemente limpio. Este tipo de servicio de barco incluye un almuerzo bandeja básico, tipo avión, pero más grande; yo lo encontré decente para un servicio de 3 estrellas (a pesar de tener dificultades para obtener una opción vegana!). Los otros dos tipos de cruceros ofrecen un servicio de buffet con una variedad de platos.

 

La Experiencia:

Salimos del muelle a las 9:30 a.m. y viajamos a través del río Li durante cuatro horas. Inmediatamente comenzamos a disfrutar del paisaje, viajando por el área de Jiuma Huashan Xingu. La vista desde nuestros asientos era fantástica, casi tan buena como la de la cubierta superior, gracias a las grandes ventanas de vidrio.

Pasamos cerca de la misteriosa Cueva de la Corona y la roca Wangfu, que aparentemente representa a una mujer cargando a su bebé mientras esperaba el regreso de su esposo, luché por encontrar esa forma, pero ahí está la cosa, jaja, , por eso mencioné anteriormente que tuvimos que usar un mucha nuestra imaginación. Poco a poco pasamos por el maravilloso paisaje de Yangdi que me trajo recuerdos agradables de mi viaje a Vietnam en 2017, en Tam Coc, que ofrece vistas similares de ríos y de montañas.

Felipe asumió el papel de camarógrafo, y fuimos a la cubierta superior para filmar algunos clips de esta hermosa excursión fluvial de 54 km, una verdadera maravilla natural, donde apreciamos los regalos de la Madre Naturaleza.

Luego, pasamos por la colina del Fresco de nueve caballos, un acantilado de piedra grande y afilado con un fondo de montaña de cinco picos, que desde la distancia se asemeja a un mural con nueve caballos en varias poses, aquí nuevamente, tuvimos que agregar imaginación para ver esto. Esta colina es una de las principales atracciones de este viaje, así que te dejo juzgar por la foto de abajo a ver si encuentras la forma.

Li River Cruise Nine-Horse Fresco hill By Jenny Rojas
Nine-Horse Fresco hill

También pasamos por pueblo de Xingping, playa de Yellow Clot entre otros. La gente dice que la colinas circundantes alrededor de esta ciudad se parecen a un monje y una monja discutiendo entre sí, bueno, nuevamente la imaginación juega un papel importante aquí. Por último, dejamos atrás Snal Hill antes de llegar al muelle de Yangshuo a la 1:30 p.m.

Toda la experiencia nos llevó entre paisajes kársticos únicos, que parecían estar artísticamente decorados, salpicados de colinas onduladas, acantilados y picos esculpidos de piedra caliza, absolutamente hermoso. Parece por lo que escuche que han sido la inspiración de cientos de poetas chinos, y pues bueno, no me sorprende este, pues a también me inspiró! . Este paisaje es tan apreciados que apareces en sus billetes de ¥ 20

Yangshuo:

Al llegar a la ciudad de Yangshuo, caminamos y también visitamos el mercado de West Street. Todo el pueblo se opone al encantador paisaje que lo rodea: ruidoso, congestionado y un poco caótico, lleno de restaurantes y puestos de recuerdos.

 

Súper agradecida por otra aventura increíble = 🙂 y agradecida también de que hayas leído mi blog.

“A medida que el río se entrega al océano, lo que hay dentro de mí se mueve dentro de ti”. Kabir

Con Amor

Jenny

Day 9: Li River Cruise: Stunning Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo

We stayed in the centre of Guilin at Aroma Tea House, a low key yet comfortable boutique hotel with a great location, just metres away from the shores of the scenic Ronghu Lake, happy days :), and lovely place to spend the night before heading onto our next day cruise adventure.

Our second day in Guilin brought us lovely adventures and superb exciting scenery, which at the same time also required us to make the best out of our imagination. I never knew before the term “karst scenery”, but with this trip, I undoubtedly learned it, I hope you appreciate it also after finish reading this post.

 

LI RIVER CRUISE

Early morning, we journeyed 26 km south the proving to arrive at Mopanshan Pier, where we embarked on unforgettable waterway journey through Li River arriving in Yangshuo town 4 hours later.

Day 9 - Guilin Journey - Beautiful Scenery River Li Cruise to Yangshuo
Our itinerary for today

Throughout the excursion, we were fascinated by the view and certainly loved playing with our imagination to appreciate the representations described by the local about this spectacular setting.

 

The Boat: 

Our guide told me that there are three types of cruises for this 4-hours waterway journey: These are: 3 stars, 4 stars and 4.5 stars, they all operate daily. The differences between then are mainly its capacity and quality of the meals.

Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo - 3 Stars Service
Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo – 3 Stars Service

 

We were booked on a 3-star type, with a capacity of 150 people, which I found indeed spacious, comfortable, and spotless. This type of boat service includes a basic lunch box which I found of a decent for a 3-star service (despite struggling to obtain a vegan option!).

The other two types of cruises offer a buffet service with a variety of dishes or more spacious seating layouts.

 

The Experience: 

 

Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo -Our Itinerary
Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo -Our Itinerary

We left Mopanshan pier at 9:30 am and journeyed through Li River for four hours. Straight away we started to enjoy the scenery by travelling around the Jiuma Huashan area. The view from our seats was beyond fantastic, almost as good as the one from the top deck, thanks to the large glass windows.

Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo - By Jenny Rojas (2)

We passed near the mysterious Crown Cave and Wangfu rock, which apparently represents a woman carrying her baby while waiting for her husband’s return!, I struggled to find such shape, but there you go, this is why I mentioned earlier that we had to use a lot our imagination. It was fun to squeeze our eyes while trying to figure out the shapes!

Li River Cruise Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo - By Jenny Rojas (1)
Day 9: Li River Cruise: Stunning Journey from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo

We slowly passed by wonderful Yangdi Scenery which brought me back enjoyable travel memories from my trip to Vietnam in 2017, in Tam Coc, which offers similar mountain views.

Felipe took the role of a cameraman, and we went to the top deck to shoot a few clips of this delightful 54 km waterway excursion, a truthful natural wonder, where we certainly cherished the gifts of Mother Nature!.

Next, we passed by the Nine-Horse Fresco hill, a large and sharp stone cliff with a five peak mountain background, which from the distance resembles a mural with nine horses in various poses, here again, we had to add thoughtful imagination to see it, but the hill is one of the top attractions within this journey, so I let you judge by the photo below.

Li River Cruise Nine-Horse Fresco hill By Jenny Rojas
Nine-Horse Fresco hill

 

We also passed by Xingping TownYellow clot beach, people say that the surrounding hills around this town resemble a monk and a nun discussing with each other, well again imagination plays a big part here.

Lastly, we left behind Snal Hill before arriving at Yangshuo pier at 1:30pm.

The whole experience took us among remarkable karst scenery, which seemed to be artistically decorated, dotted with rolling hills, cliffs, and endless limestone sculpted peaks that it has been the inspiration of hundreds of Chinese poets, well I am not surprised, it did inspire me too.! So much that it is also featured on their ¥ 20 notes

Yangshuo:

Upon arriving at Yangshuo town we walked around and also visited the West Street market. The whole town opposes the charming scenery that surrounds it: loud, congested and a bit chaotic, full of restaurants and souvenir stalls.

 

 

Super thankful for yet another amazing adventure = 🙂 and grateful that you have read my blog.

 

“As the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you”. Kabir 

Love

❤️

From Jenny

 

Chengdu a Guilin – Terrazas de arroz Longsheng – Ancient Zhuang – Diaojiaolou – Día 8

Cuando nuestro tiempo en Chengdu llegó a su fin… 😕nos preparamos para nuestro próximo destino: Guilin.. 🥳…Más de 1100 km separan estas dos ciudades, por lo que organicé para llegar allí en avión.

Vuelo:

El aeropuerto de Chengdu Shuangliu (CTU) es  grande, moderno y cuenta con todas las comodidades que se esperan de los aeropuertos contemporáneos. Este es el principal aeropuerto de la provincia de Sichuan y una puerta de entrada muy importante para el oeste de China y Air China.

El aeropuerto maneja más de 50 millones de pasajeros al año y tiene dos pistas de aterrizaje. Nuestro vuelo de hoy fue de solo 1.45 minutos, a bordo de un Boeing 787-800 de Shandong Airlines. A pesar de ser una aerolínea local (hija adoptiva de Air China) pude emitir y administrar mi vuelo gracias a su acuerdo de emisión de boletos con Hahn Air. En general el servicio fue bueno y muy superior a viajes cortos similares en aerolíneas Europeas. Aterrizamos entonces en el aeropuerto Güillín Liangjiang (KWL),

Guilin Liangjiang -KWL - the main airport Guangxi

Este es el aeropuerto principal de la región de Guangxi que maneja alrededor de 9 millones de pasajeros al año con una sola pista.

 

Guilin a Longsheng

 Aterrizamos a las 13:05 en el aeropuerto y de allí salimos de una ! a nuestra visita a Longsheng para visitar los famosos campos de arroz.

El viaje en carro fue de dos horas y media, la distancia de 100 km desde aeropuerto.

La visita principal de hoy es para apreciar los famosos campos de arroz de Longi, que los tengo entre ojos desde hace varios años gracias a todas las fotos que se ven en línea.

Guilin to Longji Rice Terrace Journey - Day8 - Jenny Rojas

Terrazas de arroz de Longsheng:

Las terrazas de arroz de Longsheng son indescriptibles de verdad, también se les dice Longji  o Dragon Backbone Terraces. Longji quiere decir “columna vertebral de dragón“.

Las terrazas cubren una serie de aldeas en el área de Longsheng, incluidas entre ellas : Jinkeng, Ancient Zhuang ( la que visitamos nosotros ), Ping ‘an y Huangluo Red Yao Village, entre otras.

Estas terrazas tienen una largisima historia de más de 700 años, originalmente construidas durante la dinastía Yuan. Ellas ofrecen una vista agrícola multicolor impresionante 🤯 que realmente me dejó sin aliento! ¡Literalmente!. (Bueno el calor y la humedad ayudaron al desaliento lol). Mientras caminábamos bajo el clima extremadamente cálido alrededor del pueblo, también logramos disfrutar de nuestra caminata guiada.

Luego llegamos a un pueblito llamado Ancient Zhuang, allí Emily nos dijo que este es el pueblito minoritario de Zhuang menos modernizado en el área de Longsheng. Esta ubicado en el centro de la montaña Yuecheng, al norte de la provincia de Guangxi. Así pues comenzamos a caminar por entre ellos caminos y colinas. Esta área es el hogar de la gente de Zhuang, que aún conserva grandes viviendas de madera y cultura de talla de piedra.

Los dos estábamos luchando con el calor, pero aún apreciamos a nuestra guía local, Emily, nos contó muchas historias sobre la cultura local y cómo se cultivan estas terrazas de 5 colores, por los campesinos de la región.

Los campos en terrazas están dispersos entre 300 m a 1100 m sobre el nivel del mar. El paisaje es espectacular, (ya se que lo he dicho muchas veces pero realmente no hay foto que justifique , son preciosos ) son como una especie de obra de arte pintada por la naturaleza, yo me quedé cautivada turuleta😋.

Luego, nos contaba Emily,… que estás “terrazas de la columna vertebral del dragón“, como traducirán en español, son el resultado del profundo conocimiento de la tierra y el vigoroso trabajo de la comunidad Zhuang que surgió a través de los siglos.

 

Diaojiaolou

Por ultimo también tuvimos la oportunidad de experimentar la vida local al visitar una casa tradicional del pueblo donde “charlamos” (¡con mi fluido mandarín !) Con la “jovencita” más bella de 83 años (¡su piel era increíblemente tersa!). Estos chinos!!

Visiting Diaojiaolou - Stilt House in Ancient Zhuang Village (1)

Ella nos permitió visitar su casa de madera. Este tipo de casas se llaman Diaojiaolou, que se traducen como “casa sobre pilotes”, están construidas sobre la ladera de una montaña, sostenidas sobre columnas sobre el suelo.

Esta hermosa mujer, de aspecto tan joven a pesar de su edad , nos mostró su casa con mucho orgullo.

La planta baja de la casa generalmente se deja solo para animales, y las personas viven en el primer piso, elevado .

Había artesanías y recuerdos a la venta en su casa, y bueno le compramos algo para agradecer su hospitalidad.

“¡Oh, ser un dragón! un símbolo del poder del cielo, del tamaño de un gusano de seda o inmenso; a veces invisible.”  Marianne Moore

Con cariño

💖

 Jenny

Chengdu to Guilin – & Longsheng Rice Terraces – Ancient Zhuang – Diaojiaolou – Day 8

After a few months since my last entry, I just happened to have some time to do some writing. And yes it is about China, all positive here. Enjoy…

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As our time in Chengdu came to an end, we prepare for our next destination: Guilin. Over 1100 km separate these two cities, so arranged for us to fly there.

 

Flight Journey:

 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) is quite big, modern and with all amenities expected of contemporary airports. This is the main airport in Sichuan province and a very important gateway for western China and Air China.

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The airport handles over 50 million passengers yearly and has two runways. Our flight today was only 1.45 minutes, onboard a Shandong Airlines Boeing 787-800, I was able to issue and manage my flight’s thanks to their ticketing agreement with Hahn Air, and overall the service was decent and much superior to similar short journeys in Europe.

We landed at Guilin Liangjiang (KWL), the main airport in the Guangxi region which handles around nearly 9 million passengers yearly with one runway.

 

Guilin to Longsheng  

We landed at 13:05 to the airport and we left straight from there to our visit to Longsheng to visit the famous rice fields. The car journey was approximately two and a half hours and distance approximately 100 km from Liangjiang International Airport.

The visit to today to appreciate the well-known Longi rice fields.

Guilin to Longji Rice Terrace Journey - Day8 - Jenny Rojas

Longsheng Rice Terraces:

Longsheng Rice Terraces also named Longji Rice or Dragon Backbone Terraces, Emily told us that Longji means dragon spine in Chinese. They cover a number of villages in Longsheng including Jinkeng, Ancient Zhuang, Ping’ an, and Huangluo Red Yao Village, among others.

These terraces have a long history of over 700 years, originally built during the Yuan dynasty offer the most impressive multi-coloured agricultural view that truly took out my breath away! Literally!. While we walked under the extremely hot weather around the village we also enjoyed our guided walk.

We arrived at a village called Ancient Zhuang, we were told it is the least modernized Zhuang minority village in Longsheng, located in the middle of Yuecheng Mountain, north of Guangxi province and started hill-walking thru it. This area is home to the Zhuang people, who still preserve large wooden housing and stone carving culture.

We were both struggling with the heat but we still appreciated our local guide, Emily, telling us many stories about the local culture and how these 5 colours terraces are grown, local farmers. The terraced fields are dispersed between 300 m to 1100 m above sea level. The scenery is spectacular, sort of a piece of art painted by nature, I was pleased and captivated by it all.

The Dragon’s Backbone Terraces are the result of the deep knowledge of the land and vigorous work of the Zhuang community that came about through the centuries.

Diaojiaolou

 

We also experienced local life by visiting a local house where we “chatted” (with my fluent Chinese right!) with the most beautiful 83 years young lady, (her skin was amazingly smooth)!. She allowed us to visit her lovely wooden house.

These type of houses are called Diaojiaolou, which sort of translate “stilt house”, they are built on a mountain slope, held over columns over the ground.

This gorgeous young-looking lady showed us around her house with pride. The ground floor is generally left just for animals, people live on the first floor. There were handicraft and souvenirs for sale at her house and we purchased some of them to thank for her hospitality.

“Oh to be a dragon!! a symbol of the power of Heaven – of silkworm size or immense; at times invisible.”  Marianne Moore

 

Love

💖

from Jenny