Sunday, November 6, 2005. My flight plans from Los Angeles International Airport to La Ceiba, Honduras included seats on three planes operated by TACA Airlines, a Latin American carrier serving North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. . .
After five hours and two stops, one in San Salvador, El Salvador, and another in San Pedro Sula, we landed in La Ceiba, Honduras.
Without regalia or suit and tie, Dr. Sebi carried his usual diplomat’s stance in the terminal, even in his brown sandals, white short sleeved cotton shirt and matching white loose fitting cotton pants. He stood beside Matun smiling with his eyes. I found him receptive, his hug firm, not a hint of a healer’s roadblocks down through the years or his own past ill health.
When cab drivers vied for his attention, he greeted them but one pre-selected comrade stood ready to take my suitcase and drive us to Agua Caliente, a town twenty-four miles east of La Ceiba. Agua Caliente, Spanish for “hot water” and the location of Dr. Sebi’s hot spring and twenty-year-old healing center, Usha Village.
The cab travelled on a two-lane paved road, a blacktop that cut straight through miles of low lying flora, palm trees, and scattered one-story adobe houses. Children looked out of glassless windows. I watched thin mutts mosey along in yards and beside the road. We drove past new housing development construction in limbo. Then, within seconds, the next frame in the cab’s moving picture revealed a billboard that offered comfort and luxury at completed houses.
I learned more than luxury Dr. Sebi prefers peace and life as close to nature as possible. Almond trees and mango trees flourish at Usha Village. My nighttime snack included three juicy fibrous mangoes I gathered each day. They had fallen from trees that stood on twenty acres, property replete with a paved entrance stretching about one eighth of a mile long from the main gate up to the first cabin.
The cabins—Dr. Sebi calls them huts—are one-story, one-room structures with a twin bed, some with a double, a nightstand holding an oscillating table fan, a chair, and a wooden wardrobe. The tiled bathroom has a bathtub with sides that stand about three feet high, which I found a tad unsettling to climb over the first time since I’m a little more than two feet higher than the top of it. But once I settled underneath the shower I found a soothing gem: natural thermal water.
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