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Sep 1, 2010 - Bike issues

Some bike issues have reared their ugly heads and I (eric) am without a bike..... We had been limping our rear wheels along for the last 1000km and would have to completely disassemble and clean the hub when it failed to engage and power the wheel. Many times this needed to be done in most inconvenient spots and times. In addition, the rear rims were worn to the point of needing to be replaced from the brake pads picking up abrasive stuff on the wet and sandy descents from the passes. We were two days into a ride from Keylong to Chamba and...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Himalaya

nach dem ganzen kumph mela und yoga stress zieht es uns in den norden, weil in die berg san mir daham! da michael weiss da ein ganz nettes plaetzchen namens dharamsala, das seit ueber 50 jahren die neue heimat des dalai lama und all der geschundenen exil tibetern ist! traurige geschichte!!!!!!! so kommen wir in den genuss der tibetischen kultur ohne je einen fuss nach tibet gesetzt zu haben!! nicht unweit von dort, etwas bergaufwaerts liegt das etwas verschlafenere doerfchen dharamkot, wo wir die naechste woche verbringen! in dharamkot...

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Der ferne Osten

Jan 14, 2010 - Dharamsala-day 2

We spent the whole day in Dharamsala today and it's been great! I really like it here. It's almost like a vacation from India because of the Tibetan influence. Unfortunately, His Holiness forgot that I was coming and took a trip to Eastern Europe, so I'll have to catch him next time. However, I think he was smiling at us from wherever he is because we had a beautiful sunny day that wasn't freezing cold! We started out at an artisan centre where they are working to preserve all of the Tibetan arts and traditions. There were amazing...

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Tamara in India!

Jan 13, 2010 - Dharamsala-Dalai Lama here I come!

Yeah! We just arrived in Dharamsala this evening. We're very high in the mountains and can see snow not too far away. It's very beautiful, fresh, and peaceful here. I can see why the Dalai Lama lives here. We're not sure yet whether or not he's at home or off on a speaking tour. Even if he is in it's beyond a long shot that we'll even catch a glimpse of him, but I'm still hopeful. Tomorrow will be full of Hindu and Buddhist temples. Should be very interesting. Also, I'll get a chance to buy some Himalayan clothing! I'm wearing about 8...

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Tamara in India!

Sep 25, 2009 - McCleod Ganj - Dal Lake

Up at 5:00 a.m. Kept awake by barking dogs, weird dreams, and the blanket slipping off all the time. So I did a two hour loop walk past an old English church and up to what is written up as a sacred lake. At St. John's church there is a monument to a previous Viceroy of India, the Earl of Kinkade, who died here. He was previously Viceroy of Canada. Wonder which one he preferred...... Dal lake was a bit of a surprise - there's no lake, just mud and a few stagnant pools. And two pedalos that aren't earning the owners much income. I asked a...

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Sep 24, 2009 - McLeod Ganj - The Dalai Lama's Palace

I am definitely in the minority here in McCleod Ganj - home of the Tibet government in exile and the His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 95% of the Westerners are what I would old fashionedly call "Hippies". I honestly think there must be some sort of competition for the hippiest look. Trendy Tibet bags abound - for the men as well as the women; long (dirty) hair, tied back; beards (again, men and women); lots of beads (neck, wrist, ankles, I am guessing other places); rampant thinness to the point that people look unhealthy; pale skin; a deep,...

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Jul 27, 2009 - Vashist to Dharamsala

Buy a ticket for the tourist minibus that goes that night to Dharamsala and set off in good time to the private bus stand to catch it. Only it's gone already and I'm told that I'll have to take a rickshaw to catch it up. This isn't good, as the bus I should be on is still here and doesn't leave for another half hour - that bastard of a travel agent has taken the fee for a tourist bus and put me on a cheaper one. Nothing I can do about it now, so off I go, catch up with the bus, have to then pay for the damn rickshaw of course (only twenty...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Jul 11, 2009 - Dharamsala

Dharamsala is known as a tibetan exile. We visited the Dalai Lama temple, There were many beautiful wall paintings and golden statues depicting tibetan dieties. Sameer and Jean adventured on their own the Secreteriat of the Tibetan Government in Exile while Pascal Rested back at the hotel.

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I Love India 2009

May 7, 2009 - Chilling out in Mcleodganj

I phoned home the other day and was asked by Kinnie Snr what I missed most about home. I couldn't think of much at the time, but as I walked back down the road afterwards, I realised that the one thing I really miss is the divide between humans and livestock, or animals in general in fact. It's a cliche to say it, but there really are cows everywhere here, nosing through rubbish or sitting in the road, monkeys on the roofs, dogs running in the streets. Or in your room. I made the mistake of not bolting the door properly last night with the...

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Apr 30, 2009 - Meditation at Tushita

After a short but steep climb with the backpack, checked into my dorm at Tushita all set for a 9 day course on Emptiness, one of the key concepts of Buddhism and of Tibetan Buddhism in particular. Tushita is lovely and quiet but it has a problem, one of the simian kind - those damn monkeys again. Normally they're quite timid here, but judging by some of the tree-limb shaking activity going on in the canopy, it's mating season, and so they can be quite aggressive when they try and steal food from your plates. Routine here is mediation at...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Amrtisar to Dharamsala

Sdet off on the 07.30 bus to Pharankot, and then change there for a bus to Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. One of the things I love about India is that it's so easy to get things fixed. While waiting for my bus at Pharankot, a shoewallah points at his selection of shoe laces and then at my shoes, reminding me that I need some new laces as these are frayed to hell, plus the insole of one of them has come away, so I get that all fixed while I wait for 20 ruppees. The bus ride to...

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Mar 29, 2009 - The 5 Chinese Elements integrated arts performance and my trip to Dharamsala

We just finished our third annual production with 360 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I always seem to lose sleep over it, but the production always turns out well and I am continually impressed by what the students do!!! This year was less stressful, as we had another music colleague join our team, as well as a Laban dance teacher. With 5 of us, the work seems possible. I don't know how Meemie (the art teacher who originally had this crazy idea) and I used to do this on such a large scale alone. Last year, we had Kevin, another art teacher help...

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