THE TREK-END DECEMBER 2015

December 27, 2015

THE TREK-END DECEMBER 2015

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CHRISTMAS DAY …NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN INDIA SO MANY HOLIDAY MAKERS. ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY ON THE BEACHES OF RAM JHULA

The photos in this post are just some scenes from my last days here….

I have not done much blogging these past three months while in Rishikesh.  I did not feel the need to record and share the many amazing things that have happened to me on the journey this year, and I honored that feeling as much as possible.  This has been an exciting and rewarding three months for me, more than I could ever have imagined…

It was much more than the usual enlightening journey and opportunity to grow that India always is for me.

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RAM JHLUA

This trip I was blessed with amazing synchronicities and opportunities to be of service in ways I could never imagine.  People from all over the world found their way to me for many reasons, but it is interesting that all of them, in some way, were dealing with a similar issue, one which I myself had been dealing with for some time and finally found closure here in Rishikesh via an Angel that was sent to me for my own healing and release.

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GOOD MORNING LAXMAN JHULA

Being of service to so many, all of them very young, was indeed an honor and a privilege.  To be found worthy to be a channel for messages and information that these young people needed at this place in their own journey, was most humbling.

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LAXMAN JHULA AS REFLECTED BELOW IN THE GANGA

 

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RAM JHULA REFLECTED IN THE GANGA BELOW

I was also blessed with a balance of work, which brings me great joy, and leisure and pleasure time which also bring me great joy…being careful not to allow one to take away from the joy of the other.

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Most importantly, however, this journey took ME so deep into MYSELF, to places I could never imagine reaching, as to be labeled a TREK rather than a trip.

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VIEWS TOWARDS LAXMAN JHULA FROM RAM JHULA

It’s been an amazing trek for sure, and the ramifications of the discoveries made in these distant places will affect everything that comes after in my life.IMG_20151225_165718

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RAM JHULA BEACH AND LOVELY PLACE TO SIT QUIETLY IN MEDITATION AND DEVOTION ALONG MA GANGA

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And with this, I say goodbye for this trip, few as the posts may have been, they have been posted with joy.  Hope they brought you all some pleasure and joy as well.

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ONE LAST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

Namaste

With love light and JOY

Jane


POSTAL PERPLEXITY AND DESERTED STREETS

December 11, 2015

POSTAL PERPLEXITY AND DESERTED STREETS  DEC. 8, 2015

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Will try and keep this short….Yesterday, I had someone take me down to the local post office branch in Laxman Jhula with all the stuff I want to send home by parcel so as not to be overweight.  Everything went as planned….no problem…until I realized after leaving and getting almost home that I had wrote the wrong zip code.  This is probably worse than writing NO zip code because if there is NO zip code then they have to look at the city name and probably would be no problem.  But if the zip code was written in huge numbers ( as it was),

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the parcel could easily float around Israel for some time before getting to my home town.

Tried finding their phone number online….it was too late, and I was much too tired anyway, to go back….but no luck finding the number of this small local branch.

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LAXMAN JHULA BRIDGE GHOSTLY EMPTY

So did my best to get it out of my thoughts, knowing that the only thing to do was pray it didn’t get sent out the same day (which would be a rare occurrence in India), and that when I came back early the next morning it would still be there.  AND IT WAS!  It was just being picked up for shipping forward when I arrived….changed the zip code, and completely relaxed…happily going home.

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OUT FOR STROLL ALL ALONE

 

But, being out so early in the morning (9 AM), on a cold day, brought me the surprise of completely deserted streets and even the site of Laxman Jhula Bridge completely empty!! (You can see those photos above)

 

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I’ve NEVER seen anything like this in all the years I’ve been coming.  If I hadn’t taken these photos, I probably would imagine I was dreaming the whole thing, the scenes seem so amazingly out of character….

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Just a couple of more sights from the early morning ghats….devotion and fun along the Ganga

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JAI MA GANGA

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DEVOTION AND FUN ALONG THE GANGA

The weather is colder with each day….thankfully, I have a heater in my room….no sun at all today with the feel of rain in the air….hopefully once it rains, the sun will return in a cleared sky and will warm my bones again…

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QUIET EARLY MORNING ON LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

Namaste

Jane


A Feeling of Complete Freedom

November 21, 2015

A FEELING OF COMPLETE FREEDOM AND WELL BEING

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FLOWERS ALONG THE WAY

It’s been almost ten days since my last post…which is a true reflection of how honest my perceptions of the last days have been…Copying here some random ideas written in my journal over the past 10 days…and will share photos to give you some idea of the lovely things these days have brought with them…long walks, visit to the Buddhist Stupa and Temple in Dehra Dun (here is a link to a full album of photos from a few years ago if you are interested:  MussoorieAndBuddhistStupa )which is always a peaceful and worthwhile day for me despite the difficult drive there in traffic…new restaurants, took the Ram Jhula boat across for the first time ever and found it a very convenient idea when I don’t feel like walking all around…interesting insights into my personal life and where it is going…it’s been a very full and rewarding 10 days, and NOT blogging has been one of the blessings…the photos here also reflect some of the Natural and Human beauty which is everywhere to see…if we are mindful of it.

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RELAXING WITH FRIENDS ALONG LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

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FAMILY FUN GANGA BATHING

 

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RAM JHULA

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RELAXING WITH FRIENDS ALONG LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

 

Nov. 10 Brought with it two episodes concerning “angels” sent to assist me, and resulting in two beautiful closures which were necessary at this stage of my journey, and an amazing AHA! moment regarding myself and my purpose for being here.

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

 

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LAXMAN JHULA BRIDGE ABOVE AND BELOW

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

Nov. 16 A Feeling of Complete Freedom

Have found a sweet spot with the perfect mixture of people and alone..

there are still lots of things I WANT to do, and things I NEED to do, but will flow with the days and for now just relax into whatever seems to come.

 

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FAMILIES ON VACATION…SHOPPING AND JUST ENJOYING RISHIKESH FOR THE PARADISE IT IS

There seems to be a respite in the initial blast of cold weather which began a while back and this is another great blessing.  Even the mornings and evenings are chilly but comfortable enough to enjoy sitting outdoors with a warm shawl or sweater.  Nights are still warm enough to sleep comfortably. Will enjoy this for as long as it lasts .

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GANGA RIVER RAFTING

Feeling freer than ever these days – despite there being certain things that IMG_20151119_151323

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RELAXING AT LAXMAN JHULA AFTER A 10 KM WALK UPSTREAM

I “have to” do, like getting eyeglasses (well, I did that yesterday and story will follow in a post), a few things I need to purchase and send home by parcel, and some people I “want to”, “need to” visit, and of course my blog posts,  I don’t feel hassled by any of this.

Everything will get done whenever it is meant to.  Slowly, but surely…and for now, just letting each moment move along as it may.

 

TRULY A FEELING OF COMPLETE FREEDOM!

Nov. 17 brought further insights and understandings into the COMING stage of my life which also allowed me to feel a further sense of wellbeing and freedom.  It’s been a truly insightful and rewarding 10 days!

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NATURAL BEAUTY SURPRISING US AT EVERY TURN OF THE ROAD

Enjoy the photos

Until we next meet

Namaste

with much love light and JOY

Jane

 

 


DRAMATIC SUNSET OVER GANGA

November 12, 2015

Just a quick photo post of a dramatic sunset over the Ganga as seen several days ago from 60’s Beatles Cafe in Laxman Jhula

SUNSET BEGINS

SUNSET BEGINS

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FIERY DRAMA IN THE SKY

FIERY DRAMA IN THE SKY

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NEW THINGS TO DO, AND NOT TO DO-NOV 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

NEW THINGS TO DO, AND NOT TO DO –NOV 12, 2015

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

As are all my journeys to India, this one has been different as well, bringing with it its own blessings, discoveries, insights, meetings with lovely new people and doing new things (and NOT doing many other things).

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BACK ROADS OF LAXMAN JHULA

Today is the day after Diwali, Festival of Lights (and NOISE!!!)….things are now gratefully calming down.

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DIWALI AT SWISS COTTAGE

Today I took the boat across the river from one side of Ram Jhula to the other for the first time…even though I’ve been coming here for nine years!  I actually prefer walking around and across the bridge, but today, had the urge to try the boat.  It was lovely…took about one minute to get across.

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BOAT RIDE ACROSS GANGA AT RAM JHULA

BOAT RIDE ACROSS GANGA AT RAM JHULA

Been relaxing a lot near my room-much more than is usual for me, and feeling very at peace with it as well.

Tomorrow I am going to the Buddhist Temple, Stupa, Monastery, in Dehra Dun…something I do every year and probably would not do if my friend was not here.

I am definitely not feeling the urge, or need, to write at all, but feeling extremely at peace with all that is happening, and NOT happening.  I seem to be in a very much needed “there is nothing I must do” spot.  It is truly a blessed feeling.
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I’ve had interesting insights and AHA! Moments this past week as well, thanks to two “angels” who were sent my way, named S and M…powerful understandings and closures as well as profound changes on all levels as a result…emotional, technical/practical/perceptive, and Spiritual.

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GANGA VIEW FROM UPSTREAM ON BADRINATH ROAD

It’s been a blessed, enlightening and empowering journey so far, and there is still quite some time to go. 
I remain open and accepting of all that is to come, with joy, love, gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear.

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LAXMAN JHULA AT NIGHT

LAXMAN JHULA AT NIGHT

Namaste
Jane


FEELING THE CHANGE NOV 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

FEELING THE CHANGE
Life is peaceful and pleasantly relaxed

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS

The photos in this post don’t necessarily reflect the content of the post but they are from a lovely day out….and there are a couple of links to full albums at the end for anyone interested.  And there will be more, but fewer and at less frequent intervals…

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GANGA OFFERING AT LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

For several year, it has been very subtle…slowly creepy up on me and almost unnoticeable. The past two years, the  change has been less than subtle to be sure…no longer creepy up on me quietly, but pouncing on me and taking me completely by surprise, unbalancing me, and drastically shifting my perspective and perceptions.

ALONG THE GANGA...LAXMAN JHULA

ALONG THE GANGA…LAXMAN JHULA

I’m talking about the natural changes associated with the human body and its eventual wearing down and slowing up – as any normal “machine” will do – over the years.  Because it is natural, it is easily accepted but still can be quite disconcerting at times.

MOTHER AND CHILD SEEN AT LAXMAN JHULA

MOTHER AND CHILD SEEN AT LAXMAN JHULA

I had begun to feel this the past couple of years at home, just performing my normal daily activities, as well as my main physical activities which are walking and folkdancing..

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EVERYDAY SCENE FROM LAXMAN JHULA…SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

I KNEW things had changed, and easily came to terms with the “new me”.  I didn’t feel any great disappointment or frustration with the slowing down and changing energy levels.  Perhaps just a little surprise now and then.

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DRESSED IN THE HEIGHT OF “LAYERED LOOK” FASHION ON A COLD RISHIKESH MORNING

But it is only now, sitting here in Rishikesh that I realize completely just how far these changes have come over the past 2 years since I was last here.  Things I could do easily, on a daily basis, now need a day of rest in between, and take much longer to do, draining my energies much more quickly.

A PARADISE CALLED RISHIKESH

A PARADISE CALLED RISHIKESH

It’s taken me a few weeks to come to terms with this but now that I have, I’ve settled  into my new routine quite happily.  I can still do everything I want to do, choose to do, or need to do, just at a slower pace.

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS...SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS…SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

SHANTI SHANTI

HARI OM

NAMASTE

LIFE IS PEACEFUL AND PLEASANTLY RELAXED

photo album links:

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SOUL FOOD-OCT 7 2015

October 7, 2015

SOUL FOOD-OCT 7, 2015

BEING IN THE MOMENT

BEING IN THE MOMENT

Sitting here at Swiss garden for breakfast…

…decided to treat myself to my favorite, aloo parantha and masala chai…rather than the standard, healthy, good for me, porridge. This is breakfast to feed my soul as well and that is no less important to my good health. And to my great surprise, and joy, it is actually chilly! What a pleasant and welcome surprise….hints of the cold to come in a few months, but delightful right now! And a further added blessing, the Wi-Fi here is not working so I am able to completely relax….
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I am gently reminded of the pleasures of days past before all this was available. Just relaxing, being with all that is surrounding me, doing my needlepoint, reading….this is a powerful reminder of how much we miss out on when we become slaves of this new technology…..On the other hand, technology is a great blessing…as I sit here in Rishikesh, writing on my computer, I am able to listen to a radio station from Israel, just as if I was sitting in my living room at home….the best of both worlds!

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EVENING WALK AND LIGHT SNACK IN LAXMAN JHULA

It’s been an interesting day in general, and will write more about “getting out of my comfort zone” in the next post…the rest of the photos in this post were made possible BECAUSE I was able to get out of that place controlled by fears…and in addition to these lovely things…

PICTURE PERFECT...SUNSET IN LAXMAN JHULA

PICTURE PERFECT…SUNSET IN LAXMAN JHULA

JUST DID MY FIRST CARD READING….BEAUTIFUL!
Just being back in “service” again always does wonders for me…being in my purpose…and these readings, which basically bring deep insights to the person sitting opposite me, are extremely gratifying to say the least.

GANGA AT SUNSET

GANGA AT SUNSET

It has been a blessed day!
I am deeply grateful

With love light and JOY
Jane


END OF ONE WEEK OCT 4 2015 #5

October 4, 2015

October 4 2015 PHOTO POST END OF ONE WEEK

SARIS DRYING IN THE SUN

SARIS DRYING IN THE SUN

A full week has gone by since my arrival and it has been nothing like what I expected, and everything I expected and more. After being away for two full years, the impact of finally getting back and realizing how much my soul needs to be in this place, has left me moved to tears of joy more than once over the past days.
In addition, the welcome I’ve received everywhere I went has been nothing short of astounding. But the final surprise gesture which was totally unsuspected, came at one of my favorite restaurants, 60’s Beatles Café, yesterday. I love this place for the ambience, the wonderful music always playing softly in the background, the truly delicious and special food served (see a couple of sample pages from the extensive menu)

VEGAN CHOICES

VEGAN CHOICES

VEGAN CHOICES

SPECIAL SMOOTHIES

and of course a view to die for (especially at sunset).

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PRACTICING MY SELFIE SKILLS

PRACTICING MY SELFIE SKILLS

While there, relaxing on one of the lovely sofas, drinking a smoothie and recovering from the heat and long walk-enjoying a fabulous breeze coming off the Ganga….one of the owners handed this to me with a big mile and greeting. I was totally surprised, truly moved to tears-which in turn totally surprised the owner!

welcome backLater on in the evening, watching a lovely sunset which is only possible when we are blessed with clouds, I went back to coloring mandalas as a relaxing, sort of meditative practice I began awhile ago at home, with a new collection and coloring pencils which I bought here

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clouds bring sunset blessing (1)

I’ll hopefully be writing more about the week-which has been filled with ups and downs, some doubts, but great joy and contentment as well-and I’m extremely grateful for these blessing-but at the moment, have no great urge to write – so will let my photos speak for me for the time being.

GANGA RAFTING

GANGA RAFTING

CROWDS ON LAXMAN JHULA BRIDGE

CROWDS ON LAXMAN JHULA BRIDGE

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TOURIST TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS

TOURIST TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS

SNACK ON THE GO

SNACK ON THE GO

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GANGA BATHING

GANGA BATHING

WEEKEND TOURISTS

WEEKEND TOURISTS

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VIEW FROM MY TERRACE

VIEW FROM MY TERRACE

Namaste
Much love light and JOY
Jane


EARLY MORNING WALK #4 2015

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015
EARLY MORNING WALK DOWN TO LAXMAN JHULA, ALONG GANGA PATH AND BACK ACROSS RAM JHULA
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I decided the only way I would get past this spell of unseasonably, really hot weather, is to take advantage of the cooler times of the day. So this morning, I was already out walking at 6:30 AM and walked for 5.5 km with ease, and took lots of photos.

VIEW FROM LAXMAN JHULA EARLY MORNING

VIEW FROM LAXMAN JHULA EARLY MORNING

First of all, it was deliciously cool, even chilly, and down by the Ganga, the wind was so strong it was kind of scary walking across the swaying bridges. Look at these shirts which were hung up on the trees to dry, and apparently be ironed as well, and you can imagine the wind blowing off the Ganga….or this willow tree blowing in the wind

CLOTHES DRYING AND BEING IRONED BY THE WIND

CLOTHES DRYING AND BEING IRONED BY THE WIND

WILLOW TREE ALONG THE GANGA NEAR RAM JHULA

WILLOW TREE ALONG THE GANGA NEAR RAM JHULA

But it was delightful…
Secondly, It was a whole new experience. After so many years of walking in India, I’ve never been out at this time of the day and it was a completely different experience. ALL shops were closed, very few people in the streets

EMPTY STREETS

EMPTY STREETS

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LOTS of stray dogs which scared me a little as they kept approaching me…..but a while new world out there. Of course, no colorfully dressed woman in scores to photograph, but a I saw things which I’ve never noticed before on walks when I’m usually surrounded by people on all sides.

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DOOR FRONT IN LAXMAN JHULA

DOORWAYS IN LAXMAN JHULA

And of course, seeing the town slowly come to life, mainly children going to school, street cleaners, several people bathing in the Ganga or setting up stands to sell to people later in the day…quite lovely to say the least.
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STREET CLEANERS

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SCRAP COLLECTOR

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And the lighting on the mountains and Ganga and bridges was so different and beautiful to see.

NOTICE MOON SETTING OVER LAXMAN JHULA

NOTICE MOON SETTING OVER LAXMAN JHULA

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VIEW FROM LAXMAN JHULA EARLY MORNING

VIEW FROM LAXMAN JHULA EARLY MORNING

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RAM JHULA EARLY MORNING

SUN RISING OVER RAM JHULA

SUN RISING OVER MOUNTAIN NEAR RAM JHULA

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A VIEW FROM AFAR OF WHERE I LIVE

A VIEW FROM AFAR OF WHERE I LIVE

Hope you enjoy the photos in this post….look forward to doing this more often, maybe even tomorrow in a different direction.

I AM EXTREMELY BLESSED AND GRATEFUL

with love light and JOY

Jane


QUICK SUMMARY OF FIRST FEW DAYS

September 30, 2015

QUICK SUMMARY OF FIRST FEW DAYS

India Blog 2015 #3  September 30, 2015

FINALLY RELAXING IN MY HOME FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS

FINALLY RELAXING IN MY HOME FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS

After a hectic couple of days after arriving, I can now relax into this wonderful place which will be my home for the next few months

The weather is much hotter than seasonally expected, keeping me from my walks the past couple of days, and since I choose my room to suit me during the cooler, and even colder weeks, a room with plenty of sun and warmth, it is quite difficult right now.  And since there is no AC anywhere to speak of, I continue to seek out the coolest places to sit, and be, during various times of the day.

I am now in this lovely haven downstairs, at almost 5 PM, enjoying the cool shady quiet…writing these posts

PERFECT PLACE FOR WRITING

PERFECT PLACE FOR WRITING

My room is fine once the sun goes down and sleeping is even cool with the mountain breeze, but during the day, it is difficult to really enjoy being there….this should all pass in a week or so

I’ve just been flowing with things as they go…the second day I actually DID go down for a walk, thinking it would be OK, but after making it down to Laxman Jhula, after resting for awhile at the German Bakery,

SIGN IN THE BATHROOM AT GERMAN BAKERY LAXMAN JHULA

SIGN IN THE BATHROOM AT GERMAN BAKERY LAXMAN JHULA

I had to return home and getting back up to Swiss Cottage was not easy.  So I’ve sworn off walking around during the day.  Will try tomorrow at 6 AM…

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COLORS CROSSING THE GANGA

COLORS CROSSING THE GANGA

First day out , I just went to see some friends and do my shopping with free delivery of basic things I needed in my room….

Second day, I decided, during the walk I thought to take, to buy something to wear to a couple of weddings I have coming up….and that was the best part of the day as the clothing shop, Fab India, was air conditioned.  More expensive than I usually buy, as I usually go down to the market, buy fabric and then have it stitched by a tailor… but worth the price just to be able to easily try on clothing in the coolness of the shop.

FAB INDIA

FAB INDIA

I’ve been eating well…what a joy to be able to eat whatever I want whenever I want, without having to prepare it myself,….

…had three massages which were wonderful, met some lovely people, and of course have been spending time with dear friends….

Looking forward to the more reasonable weather, but using this time as “enforced” rest time….probably what I need at the moment anyway.

Hope to have much more interesting photos once I can walk around more….and of course much more interesting things to write about.

I am loving the “boring” time at the moment….just what the doctor ordered for me….

Be back soon

Namaste

With love light and JOY

Jane


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