Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A beautiful hurricane.

Yesterday it was still possible to get outside, as rainfall was light and the wind moderate.
At 8 o’clock the appointment with the mechanic was honoured to fix the issue with the connection of the camperbox to the chassis of the Fuso Szulc.
But the mechanic had decided not to work this day that the full force of the hurricane Henriette would hit the town of La Paz.
In half an hour the Fuso Szulc was back where it had spent the night.

Meanwhile by the minute the wind and the rain were intensifying and soon the streets of La Paz were turning into canals.
Most shops and restaurants were closed and people were looking for shelter in their own houses.

Having safe and warm shelter, it was like a situation in a film or a book.
Eight people in one place forced by nature to spend the hours of the storm together.
An American-German couple from Munich, Germany.
An Italian couple from Rome, Italy.
A French couple from Paris, France.
And the sweet and helpful friend, now also very generous.

Situations of emergency and disaster fraternises people.
It makes the social interaction more intense.

Therefore soon two tables were put together in the large and beautiful hall and enjoying drinks the international group of persons got to know each other better.

While outside the wind and rain battered the town, inside there was a wonderful time experienced.

Food was brought to the table and shared.
And an inspiring conversation took place covering subjects like President Bush’s visit to Iraq, the level of innovation of the politics of President Szarkosy of France and the likelihood of a returning to power of Silvio Berlusconi.

But as it grew darker outside, the conversation became more personal.
What was the role of the ego in life?
Should a psychotherapist, charging a high fee saying it is to motivate the client to be highly involved, not give half of that money to Amnesty International?
Why has life become so expensive in Europe?

Fascinating subjects because no final answer or conclusion can be reached.
Emphasised by the last question to discuss put on the table by the sweet and helpful friend:
Why do fish not taste salty?

It was decided to all see a movie.
With a beamer projected on a movie theatre size.
It was the 2002 film “Frida” by Julie Taymore starring Salma Hayek about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Several of the audience had already seen this film but it is such a good movie that it was a privilege and deep joy to see it again.

While watching the film a new earthquake rocked La Paz.
A heavy one with a magnitude of 5.0 on the scale of Richter.
The doors opening to the beautiful garden were rambling like ghosts trying to get in to swallow the group of friends into oblivion.

Now the hurricane Henriette is heading for the mainland of Mexico.
La Paz has no more rain.
Just wind and dark skies.
A new effort will be made to see if today the mechanic is willing to work.


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