Hotel de l'Orient
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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We started early with a bike ride around some of the temples in the area. The last one was called the shore temple, because of its location, surprise, surprise. I enjoyed being on a bike again... Even the dodgy bikes they lent us. Must do more when I get back home. Breakfast was at a German bakery we had spied on the way home from dinner last night. I had a set breakfast with toast (yummy loaf bread), poached eggs (sadly ...
... a really sad sight to see and I felt really sorry for it. When I did some volunteer work at the elephant conservation park in Thailand, I was able to meet some really happy elephants. They looked so much healthier and happier than this one. What a sad life to lead. And the people got so much joy out of being blessed by the elephant too. If only they knew how it was most likely trained and what sort of life it led. Not that I know, I am only making assumptions based on how it looked. ...
... for 15 minutes in silence. There was a single ray of light that came from the roof and was reflected down from the sun by a mirror that tracked the sun’s movement across the sky during the day. The ball had images of the clouds in it and the upside down sky, which was pretty cool but did not detract from the sheer oddness of it all. One man next to Bob fell asleep and proceeded to snore through the last few minutes of our meditation time (we found this very funny). Then ...
... floral patterns on the tomb where people bow down and pray. There is lot of volunteers around who are disciples at the Ashram.
There is a bookstore where I bought a book on the life of Sri Aurobindo and the mother. The official guide explains that Aurobindo was from Bengal who went to England for education and qualified for the Civil Service but intentionally disqualified himself and returned to India. He was involved in some of the early Independence ...
... where volunteers can come live/work/learn with the local people of the village. The village has been trying for a year to readjust their daily lives to create a more sustainable way of living. Francois has been setting all that up, introducing people to other people, and getting contacts in some of the bigger cities to be a relay point for volunteers when they're making the way up to Nhalma (name of the village).
So back to the story...when we ...