Wieder im Lande. Kakao-Reise mit Kakao Mischa

It feels like it was last week. I packed my things, emptied my room, signed the last flyers and ate my last dinner in our Kakao Community near Würzburg.

Reuniting with Anka in Colombia and traveling together to Ecuador, Guatemala and who knows where else was on the agenda. Kakao here, Kakao there and maybe a little vacation over there. 


We are back in Germany. 

I rub my eyes as if it had been an intense yet pleasantly warm dream. And what exactly makes a dream a dream and reality a reality? Now I'm sitting at the same desk, doing the same work. 

I've gotten a little tan, a little relaxed, too, it seems....


But what has this journey taught me? 

Firstly, I realized that I can no longer travel to a country without a goal and a clear intention. I need an intention, even if it is something "passive" like relaxation, otherwise I go to bed in the evening dissatisfied. In addition, I realized again how important it is for me to exchange with like-minded people, even abroad. I find a balance between locals and people who are consciously on their path, be it a spiritual, humanitarian, creative or revolutionary one, optimal. 

I have noticed that, unlike in the past, most of the spiritual offerings in so-called hippie places do not appeal to me and do not inspire me. 

Community projects and innovatively as well as sustainably created spaces, on the other hand, always captivated me. I realized that this is the direction I want to go and run in from time to time.

I also learned how challenging and at the same time rewarding it is to interact and cooperate with indigenous people. And I got to see that it is possible to protect threatened rainforest areas and to give incentives to the indigenous population to do the same by clever use of the mechanisms of our market economy. (Props go out to Jan and the team at Original Beans). 

The last and perhaps most important lesson that comes to mind right now is that of my roots. As the child of an immigrant family, raised in welfare housing and on the fringes of a well-off society, I have never felt rooted anywhere. Until today.

Because thanks to the trip and the absence from our Kakao community, I felt for the first time what it is like to have a place that grows with me and needs me as I need it. I am happy to be back here in Germany. Because this is the place where I see my purpose and mission right now. 

Maybe you are here too and ready to shake things up a bit with me? Get in touch. 

With love, your Mischa

Photocredit: Yana

Written by Mischa Levit
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