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Bye bye everyone, hasta la proxima! But before that, mummy has drained the car battery! So we're waiting for Doug to bring the jump leads as ours are locked in the van and we don't have the keys... Sigh, well it is officially our first bit Of adventure. Come on Doug! We re now ...
... as I'd hoped! It was a lot of "a what, sorry?" Nobody understands my accent! Like I was looking for oil of oregano, which I pronounce "oh-ray-ga-no" and the women just stared at me blankly. Eventually, I had to literally spell it out for her, after she got out a pen and paper! Before I could finish spelling it out for the cashier, someone behind me goes "o-ri-GAH-no" (<-- my attempt at phonetics). Like, to-may-to/to-MAH-to people, it's the same ...
... they often have good reasons for doing so such as supporting monks etc. But she agreed that the Dharma should be accessible for all. Rinpoche loved our gift of Welsh chilli chutney from Parc Slip, especially in its Xmas reindeer gift bag. They wished us Merry Christmas and reminded us to come tomorrow for Christmas get together and Chod practice. After a spicy lunch of Aloo Dum ( potatoes in a gravy), with chapatis. We did Kora around the Stupa, then ...
... far was Scavenger. Challenging but doable and a thoroughly enjoyable route. This is a really interesting and picturesque area, a huge wide beach with the prominent rocks standing pyramid-like. We again had a great day of sunshine and beautiful surroundings. Gotta watch out for that tide though!
Our last day we spent at Box Bay, mainly practicing set ups for group work but also got a few climbs in (again after a lot of frustrating confusion with the guidebook!)
... Luckily it was oncoming traffic that we didn't have to sit in. After about three hours, we finally arrived at our hotel.
Getting out of the car meant fighting the winds to the hotel doors and I was getting very nervous about the weekend at this point. Winds were gusting enough that it was difficult to close the car door. But we managed to make it into the room. The hotel was very nice complete with a ...