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Meeting Gita and Larry in Jodhpur station

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [591] | Comments [1]

Good to see these two..............haven't seen a "Westerner" for a while. Can't help it! Anyway this cute littel town was worth the long ride. Went straight to the market and got TONS of Saris - all used, but a $ each. Want to use them ... Read more >

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On the train to Jodhpur

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [2047]

I have never, ever seen so much filth, poverty, public pooping/peeing, crippled people (including kids), people sleeping with kids and babies in the middle of a filthy side walk sprawled out with all their limbs (if they have any). Not just in one ... Read more >

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Oh and.............

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [602]

.........most of you know, what a hard time I have with all the bodily noises Coby is producing night and day??!! Well, I have long stopped believing in coincidences and for whatever it is worth, I was/am - like never before in my entire life - exposed ... Read more >


More about the people.......

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [587]

The Vipassana Course- by the way- was mostly visited by Indians, men and women separat of course. One experience keeps repeating itself and is highly entertaining in my oppinion,is how "rude" these people are (and that - keep in mind- was judged ... Read more >


Mumbai

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [867]

The train took Marta and me to Mumbai- all fresh and pure as we were, we threw ourselves into the hustle and bustle of life again in it’s finest, after leaving Igatpuri station early this am, smelling the combination of shit and food (yes, the train ... Read more >

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Cheating on the 9th day...............

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [1076] | Comments [1]

Here the daily schedule at the center for the 10 days: 4am – wake up 4:30-6:30am meditation and chanting 6:30am-7:15am breakfast 7:15am-8am rest 8-9 group med. 9-11 instructions for med. 11-11:45am lunch 11:45 am- 1 rest 1-... Read more >


Arriving in Igatpuri, Vipassana Meditation Center:

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [11616] | Comments [42]

Anticipating the 10 day silence. This place reminds me of the temple of the 10.000 Buddhas   ( did you know that the same facilities for this Buddhist College near Ukiah was originally used for a mental hospital?) where I ride my yearly Buddhist ... Read more >


The first train experience

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [831]

Leaving Palolem at 3:40am. The train was only ½ hour late, but we got there 2 hours too early- waiting appears to be part of the Indian experience, no matter what. The train station in Margao was littered with sleeping locals and their blongings-... Read more >

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leaving Palolem soon

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [686] | Comments [1]

3/7/2009 Still in Palolem – this lovely place –enjoying every minute of it. People are very honest and friendly I the way they try really hard to cheat you- I love their way of doing it: Looking you straight in the eye, huge beautiful smile. I bought ... Read more >

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A trip to the Market

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Views [797]

Early morning in Palolem. First let me tell you about our (Marta and my ) trip to Anjuna and the market (Gita calls it the flea-Market). After the four different buses and learning more about the Indian culture and the local traffic (which is ... Read more >

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Gallery: Palolem, India

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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going Goa

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | Views [615]

The flight was delayed - of course, but we (Marta and I) got here. The airport was more my stile, not a sience fiction ghost image, but simple, small, primitive and very real. Gita and the taxi have been waiting for hours, but happy to see us. The humitity ... Read more >

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Gallery: Company outing

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 1 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Company outing

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 1 Mar 2009 | Views [625]

Margit is being a good wifey -  We went to Al Ain on Friday (it being already weekend around here - Sunday, people go back to work).  First I was a bit irritated, since it is the town I had to drive through on my "visa run", but then, of ... Read more >


Swimming in the Gulf

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [643]

2/24/09 On the way with our bikes to our favorite groceries store -Spinney’s- Marta and I stopped at the women’s beach. I stripped down to my bra and underwear, and went swimming – for the first time this visit. The beach, the sand – all is men made, ... Read more >

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How to apply for a visa to India

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [663]

2/22/09 Set out very early this morning to apply for a visa for India, first Marta (who I met in October 2008, when Coby and I visited the UAE the first time) and I took a taxi all the way out of town, to learn the visas and passports are handled ... Read more >


A weekend with Coby

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 21 Feb 2009 | Views [501]

Today, Coby and I took a trip out on the bikes (he rented one, because his bike hasn’t arrived yet…………..) All the way down the Corniche, past the Emirates Palace to the big Marina Mall (where I still couldn’t get the books I was looking for – that ... Read more >


The Story about India

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 21 Feb 2009 | Views [555]

Yesterday I learned that I need a visa for India, so I had to cancel the flight for tomorrow and since Friday and Saturday are like Saturday and Sunday here, I have to wait until Sunday to find an Indian consulate to apply for a visa –bummer…………..- ... Read more >


Gallery: Out with the bikes

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 21 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery


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A word or two about the women:

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | Views [573]

A lot of the women here are Muslims and do cover up their bodies and their hair. Some even wear a veil over their whole face (which is really strange when passing in an aisle or on a narrow street, because it appears as if they can’t see you, just because ... Read more >


Underpass

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | Views [484]

This is an underpass to and from the corniche - a 5 mile run with a bike path from the west end of town to the east (or the other way around)


Marin bikes

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | Views [924]

The biking is really fun and getting funner...Part of it is, that there are many pedestrian underpasses and the ramps (for wheel chairs) are different every time - narrow, with lots of bends or corners AND they go up and down, so, with a bike with no ... Read more >


Es ist nicht alles gold was glaenzt

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | Views [478]

I made a HUGE mess with my credit card (have you ever tried paying your card twice in the same month and not having enough Moola both times? Does that go into the same category as an over achiever?), and it spun me into another attack of anxiety – my ... Read more >


Gallery: Parks and our apartment

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 15 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Is it green in Abu Dhabi's Parks?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 15 Feb 2009 | Views [453]

The parks do look pretty nice and the plants are tropical like oasis’, so lots of palm trees. But –of course- they are all very organized and neat and there is no dirt on the ground at all – I think they even sweep the parks. But people do use ... Read more >


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