Trip Start Mar 21, 2005
351Trip End Ongoing
Thank you for picking me up from the side of the street and giving me a ride. Thank you for inviting me to stay at your home even though it was after midnight on the streets. Thank you for pointing the way. Thank you for teaching me from your soul, about yourself, about your land. Thank you for visiting me and traveling with me. Thank you for eating dinner with me and traveling the slow train with me and laughing and smiling and playing. Thank you for staying with me and providing encouragement. Thank you for fixing something, whether small or big. Thank you for your small gifts of love. Thank you for your faith. Thank you for your freedom and your freedom to give. Thank you for teaching me the tough lessons, too.
Thinking back, I've learned a few things such as:
Setting yourself on fire with gasoline is potentially dangerous...stop, drop, and pull your pants down.
Eating Tibetan food in the countryside can lead to a case of the worms, but so what.
If you aren't careful in India, you could electrocute yourself.
Laundering your passport is a waste of time.
These things will help me in life from here on out, unless a truck runs me over tomorrow.
So unless that truck runs me over tomorrow, it looks like I'll be volunteering for Obama's campaign in Virginia until election day. In this little world of ours, I feel we need positive voices instead of negative ones based on fear, so I'll begin with getting the positive person into office, doing my small part in the Shenendoah Valley. The people of the world have also spoken and indeed it is time for a change in the way we do business and live our lives.
Politics is just a part of the whole picture.
A whole mind change is...
So, yes, now I have a valid driver's license, the signs are all in English for a change, and the televisions I happen to see are spouting nonsense as usual. Slowly, I will catch up with friends and family...this will take time, so please be patient and give a shout if you want.
One last thank you: to you, for reading this and looking at the pictures. For me this was all a labor of love and I hope you were able to get something out of it, whatever that may be.