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Misha Gitberg our trot from London, Budapest, Viena, Rome, Florence, Venice, Sophia, Istanbul, Doha-all so we can finally get to India! then Nepal, and then Thailand! and then Laos, USA and Canada.

from Thailand to Laos

THAILAND | Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | Views [1375]

Sawaidi Kaap Dear Friends and Family, we are in Lao s-yes, another country before we start our slow returning to North America. Last two weeks we spend in the North of Thailand, a city called Chiang Mai. (see pictures at : http://www.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, culture, meditation

Nepal to Thailand

THAILAND | Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | Views [2547]

Dear Friends and Family, I am writing from the hot, fragrant and modern Thailand where we have arrived three weeks ago. It was only three hours flight from Kathmandu, yet the world of difference awaited us in the super modern and stylish Bangkok's ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Happy New Year from Kathmandu

NEPAL | Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [634]

Dear Friends and Family! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! In 2008 may we all be peaceful, content and accepting of life's many tribulations! My favorite saying these days is: "One can never discover new things without consenting ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Indian letters 3: Bir, Amritsar, Haridwar

INDIA | Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | Views [3605]

Dear Friends and Family,   as I am writing this letter I have a dawning of a realization that most of you have very little time for long letters.  I imagine  you looking at this letter sitting in your Inbox with 100s of others and thinking whether ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Indian letters 2

INDIA | Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | Views [930]

Dear Family and Friends, we are back at  Dharamsala (from Ladakh) and just finished the 10 days retreat at Tushita monastery. It  was fruitful yet challenging as I struggled with a very traditional Buddhist discourse (even though it was taught by ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

child labor-reply to Lesli

INDIA | Sunday, 25 Nov 2007 | Views [1095]

In terms of child labor, it is hard to figure out how it works without knowing the customs and language. It seems that many Tibetan and Indian families hire a child, usually 8-15 years old to be a servant, which is a 24/7 kind of duty. These children ... Read more >

Tags: People

Indian letters 1

INDIA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 | Views [723]

Dear Friends and Family,   I am writing from India, yes! Teodora and I have made it here!   For those of  you  with whom I have not been in touch after my 6 months at the Gampo Abbey, I will provide a brief report of my last 9 months  ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

sense of home-excerpt from letter to Felisa

INDIA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 | Views [1043]

....letters from my friends are part of my connection with "home", even though the sense of home , you are right, is very fuzzy at the moment: at times it is memories of our previous orderly and comfortable but stressful lives, (Teodora often ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

side note on Donkeys

INDIA | Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | Views [1292]

Cows and donkeys go slowly about their business in Leh. Unlike in the villages, they have no tags, no bells, nobody is herding them. Here they have achieved true Independence. Cows are large with prominent and protruding architecture of carcas-they ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

lunar mountains of Ladakh

INDIA | Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | Views [2053]

Leh is a capital of Ladakh, spread out in the valley, surrounded by high snow peaked mountains. Since we came here, the peaks grow progressively whiter and more brilliant. There are ruins of the King's palace and an ancient Tsemo Gompa (monastery) above ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Smiles of India

INDIA | Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | Views [1630]

Smiles of India People here smile. Not everyone, not all the time, but often enough to notice. Their smile seems different from smiles of Eastern Europeans, who's smiles often have a conflicted, self-conscious and sarcastic nature.             ... Read more >

Tags: People

Meeting people

INDIA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Views [1522]

One of the great joys in our travels is meeting new people, other travellers like us. Story upon story gradually make their imprint on me. Young singles and couples, couples with children, people in the 60s and 70s, whether single or couples-all gladly ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Ode to the Indian toilette

INDIA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Views [1893]

Ode to Indian squat toilette For those of you who have undying interest in toilette activities-I say: rest assured. Any experience of Indian culture is not complete without the experience of this age old routine, renewed daily. Considering high density ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Manali and Vashisht

INDIA | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | Views [1780]

   views from the rooftop at our small hotel...    Small and ancient Siva temple in the centre of the village..it has a bath complex with hot sping water..      Kulu (one of the Himalayan tribes) woman we met on the road to ... Read more >

Tags: People

Vipassana 10 day course

INDIA | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [3982]

After doing 2 days retreat at Tushita Monastery, with some trepidation we signed up for 10 days Vipassana retreat. The course's description sounded very serious (and as we found out , accurate):  waking up at 4:30am, meditating for 11 hours daily, complete ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Tibetan Children Village

INDIA | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | Views [1560]

It was a nice trip by autoriksha. From Dharamsala, we climbed high to the green hills for about 20 min. The village itself was enveloped in what seemed like a permanent cloud of myst. In the office, Tashi, a Tibetan woman dressed in traditional ... Read more >

Tags: People


INDIA | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [2936]

Views from our house A street in Dharamsala Want some meat? come a tickle me... Autoriksha braving hilly roads around Dharamsala  Mistical cows eating rabage.. Dear Friends and Family, it has been three months already ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Shimla and evil monkeys

INDIA | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | Views [778]

full story is coming soon.... you can view more pictures from Shimla at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69781927@N00/sets/72157601875454392/detail/

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Arrive alive in Delhi

INDIA | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [2137]

We almost gave up waiting for our guest house driver at the Delhi airport, when he finally appeared: a short dark-skinned Indian man in his 20s, half-wet from the generous monsoon rain and with a dripping placard with our names on it, barely discernible.... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Abuse in Istanbul

TURKEY | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [1198]

                   Why abuse in Istanbul? Well, you just have to read on.... After resting in Bulgaria, we were ready to take back our tourist roles. Istanbul, although not very beautiful architecturally (except for of course all its ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

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