Where the Dalai Lama stays
Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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Our first week was spent trying out the Iyengar Yoga classes in Dharamkot, a neighbouring town. It was about a half hour walk up into the hills
Food and water is not a problem here. There are filtered water stations throughout the village which highly support re-filling water bottles and the use of less plastic. There is also no shortage of international cuisine, all very authentic and good. We have tried Japanese, Korean, Thai, Italian plus the usual Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Western. Food is very inexpensive here. Most meals are under $6 Cdn for both of us, not including the occasional beer for Rajiv on a Saturday! That adds an extra $2.50 to the bill. Also lots of cafes for afternoon coffees and cake.
We spent the last two weeks of our afternoons volunteering at ROGPA, an organization that works with newly arrived Tibetan refugees. We volunteered at the Baby Care Centre (BCC), like a day care. The service is provided free to the parents, so that they can work and get on their feet
The work we did was nothing glamorous - changed nappies, emptied potties, fed the kids their afternoon snack, played with them, sang nursery rhymes and made sure they didn't kill one another. When the kids fought, sometimes, its like in the NHL, (okay, maybe that's stretching it, but that came to mind one afternoon) we let them have it out until it got a little rough before separating them. Even then, the feisty ones were usually clawing and waiting to give that final hit. As Rajiv said, these kids sure teach you equanimity and patience.
This is our last stop, before we head off to Delhi on May 20th to catch our flight to Singapore and then onward to Canada on July 2nd. And it looks like we will be driving the van back to Ontario (a big yipee from Rajiv). I have conceded that it may be fun doing that. I might regret my decision but hey......this will be the last leg of our journey, might as well make it memorable!