I awoke yesterday morning at 5.30am to the delightful sounds of Payma’s mum gobbing up outside my bedroom window. But my day really started when she came into my room at 6.00am to clean The Dalai Lama’s altar and light two large incense sticks. She disappeared for a couple of minutes, to reappear with a … More Just another ordinary day…
Teaching English to Tibetan monks is one thing, but to see the Dalai Lama in person is quite another. From Thursday to Saturday here in Dharamsala, he has been holding twice-daily open audiences at the Temple. As 6,000 people are expected at each session, I was thrilled when Kunchok, a senior monk who runs the … More A Teaching with the Dalai Lama
Okay, so the bus stop in the middle of a Delhi slum wasn’t exactly London’s Victoria Coach station, and the road certainly wasn’t a motorway, but this was a journey I’m glad I didn’t miss. It started for me (I was travelling with four other IVHQ volunteers) with two delicious potato cakes from a food … More A gruelling bus journey soothed by the Dalai Lama, himself!
Almost there. Within 48 hours (all going well) I will be at Mumbai airport, boarding the two hour Kingfisher flight to Delhi. I am feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety, but good news! The EFT tapping seems to have worked. The prospect of a nine hour flight to India does not fill me with … More Almost off on my IVHQ adventures!
It’s count down to my big IVHQ (International Volunteer Headquarters) Indian/Vietnam adventure. In nine days I climb aboard my flight to Mumbai, and hope to catch the connecting Kingfisher flight to Delhi a few hours after my arrival. That’s not looking too hopeful at the moment. Kingfisher pilots are striking because they haven’t been paid … More Countdown to IVHQ adventures and dealing with fear of turbulence