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sunny 23 °C

I took a sleeping pill last night so woke up feeling great after a slow start we went down for our final breakfast at our favoruite cafe outside the Dalai lama's palace. We got a photo of our new friend Dolma who also gave us her email address and asked us to add her on Facebook. While sitting at the cafe we were captivated by the little baby monks these very cute boys in their robes and a young Tibetan guy sitting at the next table struck up a conversation with us about Tibet and how he came over here, it was lovely talking to a local and we were very impressed when he told us he had met the Dalai lama a few times. After breakfast we went shopping and we shopped for about two hours getting gifts and exploring all the different items available, everything is sooo cheap and so we bought quite a bit of stuff. We were a bit worried about getting it all home so we decided to post some of it back.
Now that was an adventure all on its own! To post something in India you need to get the item hand sewn in a calico bag, which is then sealed in strategic places with wax. This was easy and cheap, the guy then tells us we need to get two photocopies of our passport and fill out a form. So we go back to the hotel and get two copies of our passport and head back to the post office and ask for the customs form only to be told the guy that sews the bags has the forms, so back to the guy who sews the bags who the tells us he only has one form left so can we get a copy! Back to the hotel we go and get a copy of the form and wait in line at the post office to post the parcel...so after an hour and about $60 later we have posted our stuff back, it should be home in a week ... fingers crossed.
After the post office debacle we have lunch at Jimmy's which has a rooftop where you can dine which was great fun and once again we bonded with the waiter.. it is a gift haha..I had the best dessert I have ever had in my life a Banofee pie!
After lunch we went back to the hotel to meet up with the group and head to a meditation centre which is 10 mins up the road, we had made friends with a taxi driver named Ahmed who saw us and waved us over and off we went. The meditation centre was soooo peaceful..there were people all over meditating and reading and sleeping in the sun... what a great place, I could see myself spending a week there just chiling. Venerable Namdag did a short teaching and a 5 minute meditation before we headed back to the hotel. It was a love afternoon. Kim and I went and had another look around d and did a little more shopping and I spotted some little meditation cushions for 150 rupees so we went to buy them and the shopkeeper puts his finger on my forehead and said "you are teacher" freaked me out a bit, he then started talking about 67 and how my beauty comes from my mother and I couldn't figure out what he was trying to say but it was pretty cool :-) IMG_2232.jpgIMG_2235.jpg
We were heading back to the hotel when I spotted some converse shoes and though oooh they might be cheap and went to buy some but the Tibetan shookeeper said he was sorry but he was closing because he had to get ready for candlelight vigil as two Tibetans had immoliated themselves this afternoon, I was shocked at how sad this made me, I have really grown to love and respect the Tibetan people over the past week and I took this news personally. We watched the parade of candles go past as the Tibetans sang and kim and I went down to the ceremony and were very moved by the story.
We left the ceremony as I was supposees to do an online test for uni but gave that up as a bad joke as it was just too hard, it was only worth 20% so I will just have to hope the rest of my assessments will be enough :/
We then packed our bags ready for the next leg of our journey and am hoping for another good nights sleep for the 14 hr bus ride tomorrow!

Posted by sonya13 09:53 Archived in India

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