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Ruby, Caleb and I visited a fair in the nearby village of Naddi recently. It was right next to a holy lake called Dal Lake, which by New Zealand standards would more be considered a small dirty pond but it seems that water is so precious here, it's good to proclaim various catchments holy to ensure they are well preserved.
The first ride that caught our (or particularly Caleb's eye) was a small jeep attached to a pole going in circles on a ...
As you may have seen earlier on the blog photos, we were fortunate enough to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama (or HHDL as they call him here) last week. This is not so uncommon when you realize that his home base in exile is situated just below where we are living, in a town called McLeod Ganj. Seeing the Dalai Lama here is a bit like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris... it's a box you really should tick.
We only heard a rumour amongst ...
... with this church! He took out a roll of cigarettes, offered me one which was politely declined of course, and started smoking. It smelled like burning pine. He then said, you know December 25th, the Christian festival, right? No dear sir, it is called Christmas and I don't celebrate that. I responded in my mind. However, I just nodded. There is a Buddhist opera, he told me. Yes, the Sho Dun festival, I've heard. Have you hiked to Dal lake or to the waterfall? What, you think ...
... day to show us the local sights. We started at the Dalai Lama Temple. We watched a documentary on China invading and taking over Tibet. The photos were so very sad, humans show such cruelty to one another yet we all die the same way. The Tibetan refugees set up home in Dharamsala and McLeodGanj and wait to this day to go home to Tibet but China wont give it back just yet. It will happen one day, it gets closer as each year passes but there is a long way to go.
We found ...
Having been in India for just a few days, I can't quite believe how much India has taught me about myself:
Fears before arriving in India, I was totally freaking out. I thought to myself:
- how am I going to cross those roads without being killed?
· how am I going to handle the beggars and those people who keep pestering me?
· how am I going to make sure that I don't eat the wrong foods and make myself sick?