Gerardo

Without water – what do you do? Nothing.

I met Gerardo at the hot springs of Termales del Cañon del Tolima where he lives alone in his little hut without electricity, without a proper bed or oven. But evidently this is all he needs to be happy. At this little hermitage at 3900m above sea level he protects the hot springs and the trees.

What is your secret to not feeling lonely out here?
Ah, well here I have the birds, the mountain, the people who arrive, the trees, the wind. I am never lonely, I have company.

What is the most important thing in your life and why?
The most important thing, what makes me happy, is being healthy. This is the most important.

Yes, sure, there are no doctors around here. If you could send a message to the entire world, any advice, what would you say?
Of course, to send out a message into the world: let´s take care of our nature, our way to be, yes? The waters of the whole world. Think of the water war. I wish that everybody listening took care of the waters of the world. This is the best message I could possibly send out into the world. Without water – what do you do? Nothing.

And do you have a wish?
My wish – let there be peace. Peace in the whole wide world. Just like here. Exactly, we want no war, but peace. There shall be no discrimination, everybody shall be equal.

What is your secret for not feeling lonely? Let us know in the comments below!

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