Today would have to be the most awesome day I have had so far. I woke up feeling well which was great as I didn't want to spend my 40th feeling sick, we had got up early in order to go to the temple before all the crowds got there and to hear the monks chanting so we found a spot behind the monks and chilled out waiting for the monks to arrive. Julie bought me a beautiful bunch of lotus flowers that attracted the bees and i sat in a kind of meditative state while watching them and listening to the monks, the vibrations and energy is truly amazing in this place.
After being there for an hour we headed back to the hotel for breakfast and to meet the group for our return visit to the roots institute. Kim and i learned our lesson and took a tuk tuk this time. We once again had a tour of the medical clinic as some of the group wasn't with us yesterday but it was a lot more fun today as it was baby day and kim and i had a lovely time playing peek a boo and making them laugh.
After we visited the clinic we went over to the orphanage and school and this was fantastic, I talked to the school principle and we had a tour of the classrooms and met the children and was very impressed with what they had done with so little resources. It has inspired me to come home and do some serious fundraising for this organisation. We the had some lunch before heading off to feed the poor and hand out blankets.
That was a bit of a disaster and truly upset me, it takes a lot to make me cry but when over 300 people descend on you looking for a meal and a blanket to the point where they snatch and right each other it is truly heart breaking. It got so out of control we had to stop as it was getting dangerous and we were worried someone would get hurt. Kim, Kat, Julie and myself walked to a cafe to have a cold drink and calm down and got talking to this American guy and kim discovered it was John Landaw the guy who wrote Buddhism for dummies (which I am reading at the moment) and wno we are going to a talk ln Saturday! The universe is truly crazy at times, we went from this terrible low to and incredible high. We knew that ven Nam Dag had a great respect for John so we got him to come along with us to surprise her and she was so pleased to see him it made us feel great.
We had a quick bite to eat and the went next door to buy some Indian cotto tunics. There was a bunch of us in there and it got quite crazy with clothes being thrown back and forth, finally we had all finished and i got 4 tunics for 2000 Rupee(about $40)
After a shower we headed down for dinner where I was surprised by Norboo with a lovely birthday cake and everyone sang happy birthday and made me feel very special, and loved which meant the world to me as I missed my family very much today.
All in all it was an incredible day and one I will never forget!