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  • (Photography: Quentin Kayser, with an Iphone)

    This is the story of how a kidnapping turned into a meditation session.

    My friend Max and Myself where in Granada, Nicaragua.

    We decided to take our Guitars and Cameras for an inspirational trip outside of the city.

    A public bus brings us just outside of a little town called Masaya.

    There, we shared a taxi with this woman who were going at the same place than us : The biggest handcraft market in central america.

    The Taxi stopped twice to pick up two more guys.
    Uncomfortably sit between those ones, the driver and the woman on the front, I was telling Max that this situation reminded me of how we manage to fill 30 persons in a mini-van in Africa few years before.

    We were driving fast.

    Suddenly, the woman, the driver and the 2 other guys, all together, screamed "ASALTO!"

    We were grabbed violently, a screw driver front of our eyes.

    "Que cerran los ojos, si los abren, los voy a matar"
    "Close your eyes, I'll kill you if you open them"

    I think it was pretty clear.

    The fake taxi, the "too cool" woman who asked to share a ride, those two other guys were all part of a plan.

    Find tourists, sneak them in a car, scared them as hell and take everything they have.

    Because we needed to close our eyes, I naturally calm down.

    I remember the first thing I told myself was everything is going to be alright, I forgive them, truly, honestly.

    After few minutes, I could feel their hands releasing the pressure on my arms...

    Time stopped.

    I was surrounded by Love, I could feel my breath, I was deep into myself. Calm was surrounding me and I felt free. Probably more free than ever felt before.

    I wasn't scared, I was just me.

    Maybe half hour passed by, or maybe an hour, I don't know.

    When we finally went out of the car, Max and myself looked at each other, smiled and gave each other a big hug, full of Love and compassion.
    I knew he also went into this deep meditation state.

    It's probably what saved us that day : PEACE and LOVE
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