It’s a mean little bug that’s laid me very low and stopped my back-packing adventures mid-flight. I have no idea how I caught it – it could be due to the extremely hot weather, or something waterborn from the Ganges (hardly surprising), or perhaps some microbe living in the filthy backstreets, or maybe it was … More Came home with a little more than just memories
When I drive towards a roundabout, husband Mark is always banging on at me about ‘lane discipline.’ Well, he would have a field day with Indian taxi drivers, or come to that, anyone courageous enough – or stupid enough– to get behind a wheel on Indian roads. There are basically two modes of driving. One: … More The perils of Indian taxi drivers and a visit to the Wagah Border
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
I knew the average age for an IVHQ volunteer is mid to late twenties, but I hadn’t expected older volunteers (people over fifty) to be such a rare breed. Therefore I was delighted to bump into Rhonda, a gutsy fifty-five year old Australian, who has been volunteering in different parts of India for several years. … More Rhonda’s advice for older volunteers
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!