Valerian Tea

Today was the 101th anniversary of Vilcabamba, so there were parades, the free symphony performing in the church, little kids marching, and teens with their band, friends to sit and have tea with,  so fun! But the main thing is, the perfection of the camera arriving today from my ex, and that it worked, even after being three weeks in the mail,  what! So I got take pics of everything, then run home and charge it fast. I got some goodies from Franco, the organic gardener who sells his produce in front of the Juice Factory, a few bamboo stalks for a dollar, and some almond butter, fresh strawberry and pineapple jam sin azucar, without sugar, some greens and butter beans. Also bought a cup of fruit from a vendor for a dollar. Let her cut it up, right? Then came home to find my phone was missing. But in not less than three minutes, Roberto arrived with it, to tell me that I had dropped it in the street outside the Vet’s office, where Tiko had his last shot. And that Dr. Pablo had picked it up and called him to bring it to me. What a town!

Recipe of the Day: Valerian Root Tea


1 tea kettle

1 quart water

1 Valerian Root (or 1

tsp. powdered herb of Valerian)

touch of Stevia (if its too bitter for you)


Boil the water. Then pour over the herb and let sit for twenty minutes. To have a sound, sound, baby-like sleep, I drink three-four cups, one every hour before bedtime. It’s a deep sedative, used by all the women of my family for years, as well as to reduce anxiety, help with digestion, for depression, and to have lucid dreams.

Word of the Day: fiesta – party

Tip of the Day: Even thought it’s a wonderful, close-knit town, people visit from other areas constantly. Keep your valuables close. Several years ago, a friend of mine visiting Vilca was sitting in a cafe with her family. There was a distraction outside, and when she turned around, her laptop was missing, finito, gone for good.

The people there said it was probably kids from the next town, planning the distraction and carrying out the deed. She also had her fannie-pack slit open in the crowd at the Quito airport, from underneath, where her passport and money was taken without her even noticing! So always keep a watchful eye on your belongings while traveling!

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