My dear readers,
I send out some surprises allready, but i am sure most of them haven’t arrived yet.
Thats why i am giving you another present right here.
it is once again picture time:
Stunning sunsets at lowtide, we tried to reach the buffalos, but it was so muddy we could barely walk
1237 steep steps to the tiger temple
A cheeky wizard greets us half way up
well thanks for the warning
Exhausted we reach the top. thankful for a cup of water.
but it was definitely worth it
thunderstorm is approaching, we better walk back down the stairs
our trip to the hotsprings…watch the drowning kids
We reached Chiang Mai just in time for Loy Kratong the festival of lights.
Every little dot is a lantern
and thy got caught in cables
and trees, luckily there was no fire
And then we went to meditate. This is the library
the ordination hall
and the oldest temple with a buddha statue from the 1400s
every Full-half and new-moon it is time for Buddha day
we give offerings to honor the tripple gems, buddha, his teaching and everybody that followed his teaching to enlightenment
the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance. the burning of incense represents the fragrant scent of morality. flowers represents the aspiration to achieve the body of the Buddha with the thirty-two marks of the Buddha as well as the teaching of impermanence.
My little “kuti” where i lived and also meditated quite bit.
offering alms food for the monks
After we were out of the monastery we celebrated Bodhi Day on top of the mountain in Doi Suthep
with an amazing view
and magic powers
Celebrating our one year aniversary with the most delicious Pizza ever!
And now for all the fans of furry animals…i give you tigers!
We played music for this girl, she loved it and her friends joined in too.
Now we take a night train to our next destination… what an adventure.
i am pushing myself to finally write another blog entry.
it has been more than a month, the last time it has been so long between two entries was when i was in the middle of the pacific i think.
At least i have a good excuse 😉
Anyhow lets start at the beginning.
Rose and i explored the mountain springs of the Krabi-province. Blue pools and hot waterfalls were awaiting us in midst a beautiful jungle.
We were quite enjoying these natural wonders and relaxed a little before we took a bus that took us straight into a spooky Bangkok.
We met up with old friends Nico from Infinity and my friend Rawi that i met last time i was in Bangkok. Together we jumped into the Halloween parade on Khaosan Rd.
After Halloween war over we readied ourselves for the North.
Our Hotel-concierge recommended to go up early as the festival of lights “Loy Krathong” would be in full flow. So we jumped in the next available bus to Chiang Mai to catch a view of the lantern fest. It was breathtaking.
Like ghosts or ascending souls all over the sky the lanterns were flying.
In columns of thousands, never ending.
They were rising up to the clouds where the flames where extinguished by the moisture.
On their way up however they created a second starry sky.
The river was full with little floating candles which were joined by descending lantern paper.
Of course we joined the madness and wrote our wishes on a skylight and let it fly to unknown heights.
The next day, we were not really expecting anything and had just changed hostels, we got notice from the monastery: “Now is the time, the next opening is in a week”
We were confused, as a couple days later we got information, that we could just walk in.
But we quickly packed our necessities and i tried to contact my parents, so they wouldn’t be worried when their son suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth for a month 🙂
The monastery was intense to say the least.
Feelings that have boiled unknown, ideas and thoughts that presented themselves and memories well remembered and also long forgotten all tried to keep me from the present moment. Some still do.
Meditation is a great exercise to get calm, to discover inner truths and to build up grey matter in the brain. I hope it will be seen as necessary as brushing our teeth in the future.
But enough of that.
Now i am out and on my way to the next adventure 🙂