Shale Warks

Oh Wow!
After 2 weeks of straight work (more or less) we got a few days off.
If you are working on a boat in dirty water, swimming is the biggest temptation.
And swimming we went…with aliens.
The locals call them gentle giants.
I am still completely spiked by my SECOND ever diving experience, so please excuse my completely exaggerated description of these calm creatures.

Everybody probably knows that i am talking about whale sharks, if not, well you do now 😀

The Place is Osob, the time some where after 4h of bus ride with 3 babies, we are happy to see clean sea.
There is some minor trouble with finding a place to seep but everything turns out fine.
We do some afternoon diving, to get some water on our dirty, dust encrusted skin.
Plans are made to get up before the ticket office opens… we don’t want to pay 1000 Piso (25$) for diving with the sharks.
It turns out we don’t stand a chance against the wakeup-skills of the workers.
So we have buy tickets for a 30min dive (in the end we were granted a full hour, so basically until we were exhausted 🙂 )

And it is indescribable!
See for yourself!

I really enjoyed this trip.
It was very nice, because even though there were many people in boats only a few were snorkeling and none except for us were free diving. So the 8m of water were basically left to us and the amazing animals. Whale sharks, Turtles and Fishes who also wanted to be fed.
Obviously one has to weigh the negative consequences this feeding spot has.  We had a short briefing about how we should behave around them, and there is a fine for actively touching them.
I guess they are doing what they can to support and protect the (whale) sharks, as you can still get shark-fin-soup in the Philippines.
But Whale Sharks are normally migrating animals which don’t stay stationary in the same territory.
Here they are domesticated and harvested as a tourist attraction.
The feeding ground attracts more sharks each year, so i hope it doesn’t have a bad ecological influence.
But like in all places that attract many people, i can completely understand every single person who came here!
Because I really enjoyed it.

I am exited what else is there to come!
So long
Ole

Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama

and about 10.000 exile Tibetans.

I have lost track of time.
How long have i been here in this wonderful Tibetan colony.
I taught German and English to some really motivated Tibetans.
They have organised a whole volunteer system to teach interested people, not only from Tibet, but also from Bhutan, Vietnam, Nepal etc. for free.
When you talk to the Tibetans on thing i really dominating the topic, Chinese Occupation and the suppression of Tibetans. You get to know how they crossed the Himalayans, how the Chinese raid the natural ressources of Tibet (which are really rich by the way) and destroy most of the wild life.
The Tibetan flag is omnipresent and you can see “Free Tibet”-signs and stickers in all variations.
All is overshadowed by huge posters of the People who burned themselves for peaceful protest. So far it have been 59 people immolating themselves, and the number is growing.
The tibetans don’t even want a free Tibet anymore, because they know China will never give it up, but the want an end to the suppression, and the killing and torturing of innocent people.
To give an example, in Tibet you are not allowed to have a Picture of the Dalai Lama in your Home, otherwise you will go to prison. And i think everybody agrees, that the Dalai Lama is nobody to be scared of.

These people are refugees, political refugees, who don’t have freedom in their home country, and because everybody is eager to make business with china, nobody dares to touch this sensible topic on a political level.

BUT
Even though the situation seems hopeless, the people are happy. They enjoy their lives and smile.
Because:
“If you have a problem and there is a solution to it, you don’t need to worry.
And if you have a problem and there is no solution, there is simply no point in worrying.”

So please inform yourself about this issue, and also inform others if you already know, because some people don’t even know what Tibet is… :-/

but enough of Tibet.

I had a Reiki session, which was impressive.
I make progress in Meditiation, even though i still don’t have a teacher.
I got sick again, but i got over the worse. Just a little cough and clogged nose left.

My plan is to go back to Bir for a day, and after that take a train to Karnataka.
I heard Hampi and Gokarna are 2 of the most beautiful places in India, the Ole is going to investigate 🙂

Now:
Pictures:

One central temple with prayer mills in Dharamsala

The audience for the play due to the 52nd Aniverary of the Tibetan Childrens Village

The sitting kids symbolize the Tibetan border, the ones inside the different aspects of tibetan culture…it was really a really neat play about Tibetan history….and yes at some point China came, occupied it, cut down the Trees and killed the Animals.

Khampa, a Tibetan guy i know from English conversation class. we hiked to the bakhsu waterfall.

Just the Ole, chillaxing at the river 🙂

On our way back, this guy wanted to sell drugs to me. When i realized that i was seeing a real Arian i had to refuse the drugs and take a pic instead. (Look at those eyes!!!)

Speaking of Arians, Indians have no problem with svastikas whatsoever…

Second trip to the waterfall with Patch, a crazy yet cool Irish guy, i somehow forgot to take a pic…it will follow
We got onto the river pretty far down and rock climbed our way up as far as possible. when we saw this nice place with the amazing stone faces we stopped. (it might be that we stopped because Patch had a little accident…but the place was amazing!!)

so after a while of reading, relaxing and accupressure, i decided to take a shower 😉

After taking a shower, you need to enjoy the other attractions, too!
So JUMP!! *brrr

First shocked

Then happy!!

This guy is Rajan, my german student..or a chance to earn some pocket money…

I hope you all are well, i am feeling better and think i’ll be completely healthy in a few days 🙂

So long Ole

p.s.: I am really interested in who reads this Blog, can anybody who reads this write a little comment? either here or on facebook?….i am a little curious 😀