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Ok. Fine. I admit it. Lemon, ginger and honey tea appears to be just as good at fighting cold and flu symptoms as pseudoephedrine. There, I said it. I draw the line at wearing brightly coloured woollens and stinking the place out with patchouli incense though, I'm not that much of a ******* hippy yet. I couldn't be a hippy anyway, I like ...
... disappointed to find that the stand was closing for the day and was therefore unable to serve them. So to their surprise, I gave them my momos. In exchange, they gave me some tips about other places to eat around town and to visit in the area. (They have been here many times before and know their way around quite well.) So it turned out to have been a win-win exchange: momos for tips.
Rishikesh, Monday, 10 March, 2014
I started the day with a trip to ...
... world. At Haridwar, 10 million people attended a recent Kumbh Mela celebration (which takes place every 12 years).
We were very fortunate to be accompanied by a researcher from the Wildlife Institute of India, who had a personal connection to Haridwar and the River Ganga and was able to explain to us many of the customs and rituals, as well as guide us through the throngs of people. Individuals, families, and large groups participated ...
... I actually didn't want to open my eyes after the intitation as it felt so nice where I was. Maybe I was connecting to Osho and the universe?
Then I was presented with my certificate and given my spirital name which is Ma Prem Bodhi.
Ma is mother - Prem (i'm not sure) and Bodhi is enlightenment - so I am on my way to enlightenment - which is great as this is a bit what this trip was all about.
... on our first real adventure, white water rafting. None of us had done this before, and were all a little nervous as our young guide warned us of each rapid's "high difficulty level" before shouting "FORWARD!" which directed us to paddle as hard and fast as possible. But we never capsized, it was just a really fun thrill ride. The best rapid was called "Body Surfer" where we jumped out into the freezing Ganga and rode the whirlpool waves.
After five ...