Boa tarde tudo mundo!
Just a quick one from Patrimonio da Penha, 13km from the site of the rainbow which officially ended just over a week ago. But of course, with the caravan the gathering never ends, we’re fulfilling the vision of one long rainbow gathering from Brazil to Guatemala!! The caravan is still using the site of rainbow for its preparations but we have consensed to leave no later than the 9th of March. We probably have our first gig at the school in Santa Marta on March 9th, we will camp in the quadra, the… I don’t know… gym hall or assembly space or whatever you want to call it. It will be the first public performance of our show. Still to be confirmed, though.I will go there tomorrow to confirm it.
I’ve been in Penha for a few days to sort out my life before I return to rainbowland tomorrow. I was in the horse caravan and I still have a horse, so arranging a good home for him before I leave has been a priority. I’ve also recorded 22 horse caravan songs before we all split up… though the horse caravan will continue, but with mostly new faces. I wish them all the best on their journey, in the end we’re all doing exactly the same thing, just in slightly different ways.
I’m getting a lot of good news from the caravan. It’s all coming together beautifully. They’re a focussed group of about 20 right now, working very hard on getting the show ready. A couple of days ago they all put out a massive forest fire, it’s happened a few times now, actually. There’s a pyromaniac on the loose… It’s mostly likely a message from hardcore Christian locals to the “immoral hippies” to “get out now”. Not to worry, though, most locals around here love us.
And I just received some potentially great news about vehicles… Gili and Matti, who went to Belo Horizonte to look for combis, apparently found one for 1500 reais! And it’s roadworthy! That’s completely unheard of and a little bit suspicious but as we have exactly 1550 reais in our vehicle magic we don’t have much of a choice. Even if we have to spend another few thousand to repair it, it’s still an extremely good bargain. Manifestation… If they buy it, whoever is going to have the vehicle registered in their name has to go there as soon as possible to start the presumably long registration process.
All caravan members who want to will be able to upload posts and photos on this page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and identify yourself to receive a special contributors’ password. For the rest of this site I will make an administrator’s group, at the moment it’s only me but I hope that will change soon…
Very exciting days. At times frustrating, very hard work and full of boring practicalities, but it’s REALLY HAPPENING! We’re becoming a real community, a real nomadic tribe. But who knows what will happen when we hit the road… who’s in and who’s out… and who’s in between? No one really knows…