Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Our little lodges
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The population is over 1 million, the place is really crowded and very poor. Our guide, Naryan, explained that people move in from the villages to try to earn a living. The air was very dirty and hard to breathe. It was also quite fascinating in many ways. We visited Thamel, which is crammed with shops and restaurants, a short walk from our hotel. We bought lots of souvenirs there, of course.
We were only in Thailand a few days. The King's Palace in Bangkok was worth seeing. It was the only place that looked like the King of Siam movie! The rest is pretty modern and cosmopolitan. We did spend one night outside of the city on the river. After we got a little rest OFF the plane, we flew to Katmandu, Nepal.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The Tiger Temple was established by local monks who care for abandoned wild animals. Tum told us it had gotten very tourist-y and it has, but still, I got to pet a tiger! The fur was oily and not at all soft and fluffy like I expected. Nancy, running behind a tiger in the hopes of getting to pet it, got peed on instead. Call it a wilderness experience if you like.
Getting a "massage" from an elephant caused me to question my sanity!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Let your soul stand
cool and composed
before a million universes.
This is a little altar at a restaurant where we ate lunch in Thailand. There are so many tales to tell about our trip that it's hard to know where to begin. It was exotic and exhausting and exhilarating all together....a million new universes.
Friday, July 25, 2008
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
This poem is being sung by Palbasha Siddique, a 17 year old Bengali girl, who lives in Minneapolis. This song was written for Matt Harding for his Dancing video.
Beautiful in all ways.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Big dogs rule! Almost my whole life I have lived with dogs--"the gods of play." I can't imagine my life without my animal friends.
Getting this picture involved getting on the ground which gave Brogan an invitation to come try and sit on my head. He's a handful to play with but he's such a sweet boy.