Friday, October 23, 2009
Posted by wheelo at 8:21 PM
hey thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! i just have a few minutes at the icafe and my laptop won't connect so all my good intentions of blogging and emailing are lost. had a great day today. it was our day off and we did a trek high into the mountains to a temple and a lake. weather is perfect. another girl, rebecca, is celebrating her birthday today too so i'm not alone. it's my nephew jonny's 7th birthday so...happy birthdy, jonny!
i miss everyone and i saw all the facebook posts...thanks! i appreciate all the good wishes as i enter the last year of my thirties! i'm thinking of everyone lots and will hopefully be able to post soon. more to come!
[nad, so glad you found the blog. i've been thinking of you...you're next! assiee & myra...thanks for that donut shaped cake! i think i know what happened to the middle;)
Posted by Ali at 12:44 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ALIIIII!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! HIPHIP...HOORRAYY!!!!!!! HIPHIP HOORRAYYY!!!!!! HIPHIP....HOORRAYYY!!!!!
Happy birthday bestest travel buddy!!! Wishing you a wonderful day in India with many happy returns!!! I hope you like the cake!!! It's the Toblerone cheesecake that I wanted to make back in Beirut. Nancy asked me to make it for you!!! Hope you have a lovely time!!!
Lots of love, hugs, kisses, car horns, snickers bars and giggles....
Love Alyssa & Nancy xxx's
Posted by wheelo at 2:47 AM
Friday, October 9, 2009
Okay, so here's the ashram. It's my "day off" which means that after 6am satsung, 8am yoga and 10 am breakfast, we are free until 6pm dinner. Mathaji sent us off to the little town of Uttarkashi with the warning in a thick Indian accent, 'try not to eat...or in two days the diadea will come." I'm in an internet cafe trying to handle a maddening little tax problem that arose my first night in New Delhi. So...about life in the ashram... [bxA] Obviously it's beautiful up here. It's a tiny little ashram with just forty of us on the course and three teachers.
Posted by Ali at 8:38 AM
Saturday, October 3, 2009
the last few days have been mayhem and magical...
this was my super posh hotel in new delhi. photo was taken at 6am otherwise there'd be a zillion people, cows, bicycles, rickshaws, motorbikes and dogs everywhere.
Posted by Ali at 12:00 PM
Thursday, October 1, 2009
30 September 2009 - New Delhi, India - outside the Vivek Hotel, City Center
I made it to New Delhi...easy as pie. Had a fun leaving drinks in Beirut last night...at Graffiti, the icafe-by-day-pub-by-night hangout in Hamra where Arezoo and I have become part of the furniture. Just before midnight Derek and Osama walked me back to my apartment where they observed me in travel-tizz mode. They were sweet, asking "where's your money? do you have your passport? your plane ticket details? you should wear your money belt...." They wanted me to put the money belt on right then, like somehow the New Delhi Danger awaited me on the airplane. I haven’t worn a money belt in years, but plan to for the train ride. I’m 36th on the waiting list for a seat on the train, so everyone keeps teasing I’ll be riding on the roof like in the movies…in which case money will be the least of my worries. I’ve been told most Lebanese aren’t interested in travel to India, which seems true since I couldn’t find one India travel book in Beirut, not even at Virgin Megastore. I've had several genuinely concerned Lebanese people lean into me and warn, "Why India? It's dangerous there. Be careful."
Posted by Ali at 12:26 PM