While at the retreat, we took a cooking class with the chef of the resort. We made corn fritters, a chicken curry, and some sautéed greens. We were in the class with a kind Dutch family of five. We enjoyed learning how to cook as well as getting to know the family. Continue reading “Balinese Food Class and Hot Springs Hike”
Both of us had wanted to learn yoga and meditation in an in-depth setting, so we found a retreat in Bali that sounded like it matched our interests. After a long and winding road, we arrived in the mountains (hills, really) of Bali for our retreat. We checked in early and enjoyed lunch. After that, it seemed as though things just went wrong. After talking with management many times, we were finally told that the instructor for the week didn’t show up and they were unable to find a replacement. We were crushed and didn’t know what to do for the week; we had booked a 7 day retreat. After quite a bit more talking, we were informed that they would be able to get an instructor for the following day. Phew!
We travelled up the coast from Guangdong to Fujian to see one of the unique architectural features of southern China, the Tulou. These ‘earth houses’ are large multi-family dwellings, like a condominium with a courtyard. The round Tulou are especially notable. During the Cold War, Americans seeing satellite images of the Tulou though they were missile silos or fallout shelters. Continue reading “Tulou Villages of Fujian “
We took a train to reach Tibet, also known as “the roof top the the world”. The journey on the train to Lhasa, Tibet is truly part of the adventure. The Tibetan Train line was not completed until 2006 and it boast number world records, engineering feats and scenic views.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway includes The Tanggula Pass which is the world’s highest point of railway, at an impressive 16,640 feet above sea level. It is also the only train that services the highest train station on the world, Tanggula Station, at 16,627 feet above sea level. Continue reading “The Journey to (and from) the Roof Top of the World “
We trekked for 6 night and 7 days through Annapurna Conservation Area. It is the largest protected land mass (7629 sq. Km) in Nepal and is on its situated on its northern boarder. It boast climate zones tropical to alpine as well as great biodiversity.
Another national park visited! We love our national parks at home (USA) and we enjoy seeing other countries’ national parks as well. This park started as hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Rajasthan but now it is a major wildlife tourist destination. It covers 392 sq km and has a 10th century Fort on top one of its hills. The fort isn’t open for visit but overlooks the park as a reminder of its royal history.
On our way to Sardargarh we stopped to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that teaches the way to a life of liberation and bliss is by harmlessness and renunciation. The goal of Jainism is liberation of the soul. The temple was magnificent. It was built in 1447 and is made of white marble. There are 1,444 marble pillars inside the temple and no two are the same.