FEATURED MEMBERS

Get inspired by other members and their adventures

Lauren Eimicke

Favourite adventure: Plant research in the Amazon Jungle

Member since: 2016

Countries visited: 40+

——————————————————————

What’s the best adventure you’ve been on?

Medicinal Plant Research in the Amazon Jungle (the lungs of the planet). My mission was to head into the dense jungle, meet with a Shaman (medicine man) in a local community to photograph, learn and write about some medicinal cancer-curing plants which are slowly disappearing. Today, 121 prescription drugs sold around the world come from the Amazon’s plant derived sources. 70% of medicinal plants known to have anticancer properties are found here. This delicate rainforest once covered 14% of the Earth’s surface and now covers less than 6%. At the current rate of loss it is estimated it will be gone in 40 years. As it disappears so do many potential valuable drugs.

I was inspired to do this trip after the loss of my father to cancer two years ago. During one of our jungle treks we were on our way to set up camera traps in a clay lick where different types of animals gather to eat or lick the clay. Clay licks contain vital mineral nutrients including salt, that is important for animals to maintain a healthy nervous system, heart and muscles. Before reaching our set point we stumbled upon this fresh footprint of a jaguar! I was a bit frightened, but having 3 dudes with machetes around did abate my fears.

During the course of my stay in the jungle I swear the universe was testing my endurance and I can honestly say I had moments of despair and wanted to throw in the towel and say “fuck you jungle”. At the end of the day I was determined to overcome my unsettling feelings; telling myself “don’t give up, you can and will get through this”. All this wasn’t evident until the last few days when I comprehended the truth with the help and guidance of a shaman (that’s another story) that I finally let go of any expectations and allowed myself to go with the natural flow of whatever life hands you. I believe that sometimes in life we hit these pivotal points where bad shit needs to happen so we can get clarity on what’s really good. This was one of those pivotal points. Once I let go of the bad I allowed in the beautiful things that life wanted to show me.

What drew you to go on that trip?

Loosing my father to cancer

What was THE moment when you thought “this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done”?

After the fact of going through it..

Who was the most interesting person you met?

Besides the shaman: A local named Antonio Jara I had the pleasure of meeting this awesome and talented human being during my time in the Amazon. Each morning he would wake up singing and excited about the day ahead giving great energy to those around him; including myself. His story inspired me. A selfless man filled with compassion for humanity without bearing any fruits in return.

What would you bring next time and why?

My boyfriend

——————————————————————

What’s the most underrated place you’ve been to?

Slovenia. It’s somewhere I never thought about going and turned out to be one of the most beautiful landscapes that we drove through.

What part do you hate about travelling?

Having to say goodbye to the incredible people you meet along the way and sometimes the airports!

Out of all the places you’ve travelled to, which one would you marry, which one would you fuck, and which one would you kill? Why?

Fuck New York bc that’s where my roots are from. Marry Bali bc it’s my favorite place on the planet. Kill India bc of the traffic.

What’s your favourite memory from the Day 8 community?

Turning what I thought was a fling with my now skipper boyfriend into the love of my life and now being able to work side by side with him.