Heaven on earth

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 16, 2006

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

ok, so i am in puerto iguaz˙ the town that houses the argentine part of the iguaz˙ falls (which lies on the border of 3 countries - argentina, brasil and paraguay).

yesterday i went to the falls.

phenomenal. i mean i knew i should go because it was meant to be impressive and i figured i wouldn't be coming back this way anytime soon but... WOW! i can't actually explain it. i will try...

from looking at the photos you will know that these falls are gigantic and breathtaking. however, the thing that can't be captured in a photo is the power. i mean the physical energy that that much water moving at that velocity can generate, but also this intense spiritual energy that is omnipresent in the park.

the place was aswarm with thousands of tourists, this was distracting. but there were a few delicious moments where my gaze was uninterrupted by the hoards of people (like myself) snatching instants of beauty with their cameras, hoarding them for later. there were a few exquisite moments when i could hear nothing but the ROAR of the water crashing upon itself. in these moments i felt an energy so strong it pulsed up through me from my feet. these falls, this place, holds a dizzying kind of power.

i left the garganta del diablo ("throat of the devil") until last. i was tired and ready to go home by this time, having been wandering the enormous park in the heat of the day for about 5 hours. it sounded ominous but, from looking at the map, i assumed it would be somewhat impressive. so, sweaty, tired, and grumpy with all the bloody tourists, i darted through the crowd. when i arrived something changed in me. i will not be able to explain this, but i will try.

i was awed. the sheer volume of water crashing down into that basin. the intense beauty of the lines of water off to my left, racing into a mist so thick i couldn't see the bottom. every so often a slight spray would rise up and spritz my face. this place was beautiful and powerful. i could feel that straight away.

i took some photos, and within moments of putting my camera away the wind changed direction, as did my experience. suddenly i was amid a beautiful, unique rain, a rain like none i have ever experienced before. this rain did not fall from the sky, it rose up from beneath me. it rose up and engulfed me in it's warm, wet embrace. it held me. it spoke to me. it eased me. it cleansed me.

i stood there in the "rain", which by now had scared away most of the tourists, with arms outstreched and eyes closed. a truly joyous moment. this is the most special place i have ever been. i didn't want to leave. i wanted to be a part of her. i thought about jumping in. sounds crazy but i did think about it.

this will sound strange but i think this is the place i would like to die. if there was ever a place to end your life it would be here. to be absorbed into the bowels of the earth. and yet, i think this place would save me, for how could you want to die when you live in a world in which exists this kind of beauty?!

i know this sounds strange, but this was my experience. interestingly last night i had a very intense conversation with 2 guys at the hostel who (independently) had both had similar experiences as me. the overwhelming energy, the joy, the urge (for just a moment) to jump. all of this.

if you have been here, maybe you know what i mean. if you have not, i urge you to come.

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