Friday, 4 March 2011

Day 232- 245-From Palace To Ashram

pic from lodging.com

From a splendid example of a regal Indo-Saracenic architecture,

pic from lodging.com

the style and fashion of which I hope to replicate in
My Maharajah's Palace,


to a spiritual haven built for a subliminal awakening

pic from tripadvisor.ie

teaching a giving  life  I  aspire to lead, 

this is the journey I will be embarking for the next 2 weeks.

And


am

excited,


very excited.

In another few minutes, I will be leaving for the airport to catch my 0230 hrs flight to Delhi . In the course of the next 14 days, I will be travelling through the vast Rajasthani deserts, chugging along ancient pilgrimage route and dunking myself in the sacred River Ganges. Yes! THE Mother Ganga! THE Very Source Of Life!

It is unlikely that I will be on the world wide web while experiencing these wonders of Mother Nature. I will miss you all and although  I cannot bring each and everyone of you along, I hope you can at least join me on another  wonderful trip around our human planet. O yes, don't miss my twig ladder and about a thousand or more of my fishing traps in the video which should really be watched full screen. 



I have watched it many times and I still get the goose bumps each time.

Thank You , May, for thinking of me and for giving me the link.

And till I am back from India, my friends, 

namaste!

67 comments:

Drora's minimundo said...

I am sure you'll be having a wonderful experience. I have been there a few years ago. It was so impressive that I still remember every bit of the way. Enjoy and come back to us inspired.

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

Have a Wonderful trip Sans!

Victoria

The Old Maid said...

Have a wonderful, safe trip there and back home! Find peace and even more inspiration!:) We too will miss you! See you in 2 weeks:D

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Have a safe trip and a lot of fun!
I will miss you too but waiting for your next post full of information and beautiful pictures. Pay attention on the rugs for me, pleeaase! Natalia

May said...

Como ya te he dicho es posiblemente uno de los videos mejor hechos.
Gracias por ser alguien especial y un amor de persona.
Besitos, May

Ascension said...

Hola Sans
Que maravilloso viaje vas a hacer, me encantara ver las preciosas fotografias que vas a conseguir.
Disfruta de tu viaje, pasatelo genial y espero que en la vuelta venga con esta carita :0))
besitos ascension

Miniatures by Natalia said...

I mean, images, inspiration, you know, lol... Natalia

Katie said...

Have a safe trip hun!! And enjoy every minute of it. It sounds amazing!!! Hopefully while you're gone, I can catch up on your blog...I've missed so much!
Hugs!
Katie

....took me a minute to realize the birds were coming from your blog...lol

Lataina said...

Have a wonderful trip, Sans! =)

Susanne said...

Wauw Sans, I wish you a very beautiful and wonderful journey!
Love, Susanne

Eva said...

oh! I am green of envy!!! I thought that you travel because of your work.... :)
Enhjoooooooooooooy a lot!!!

contar said...

un vídeo realmente impresionante, espero que lo pase muy bien en su viaje y que nos muestre muchas imágenes para poder compartir aunque sea un poco de el.
un abrazo

a really awesome video, I hope you had a great time on your trip and show us many pictures to share even a little of it.
a hug

Jollie said...

Namaste Sans!
Have a wonderful trip!!
I am a bit jealouse of you now, that must be such an amzing once in a lifetime experiance! :)

Warm hugs, Jolie

Ara said...

oooh! Have fun Sans! I can't imagine the pictures and stories you will bring back! Oh yes and the things you will make on your return! I'm excited! hugs, ara

malu2 said...

Felíz viaje,que lo pases muy bien,y cuando vuelvas,ya nos enseñaras cosas,te hechare de menos.Besosssssss

BiWuBär said...

Have a wonderful trip, full of inspiration and wonderful experiences! And thanks for that BBC-clip, they really made a good job.

Greetings
Birgit (and Flutterby, too)

Daydreamer said...

OOOOHHH! Green with Envy! *SIGH* And Purple, Pink, Maroon, ...... I KNOW you will have a FANTASTIC Time! I will eagerly await your return.... just to hear about your impressions and experiences! Breathe Deep! Seek Peace! Just to BE in the Buildings you wish to depict will be an invaluable experience!
I will miss your faithful commenting and your creative posts..... but it will be worth the wait to see what you bring back in your Spirit from India!
Have Blessed and Safe and Inspiring Travels, Dear Sans! My Thoughts will be with you! :):):)

Piikko said...

Sans, I hope you have a fun and a wonderful trip!! We stay here waiting when you're back:D

Ana Anselmo said...

WOW! what a lucky girl you are, I hope you have a fantastic trip and a wonderful experience.
love
Ana

TreeFeathers said...

Wow, the photo of the palace interior is beautiful - all that decoration on the ceiling is just amazing!

Have a great time on your trip, can't wait to hear about it when you get back! :)

- Grace

Snowfern said...

wahhh i hadn't even realized it was the weekend and you'd left already T-T

SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK~!!!!

Kikka said...

Wish you a very enjoyable journey!
See you when you are back!
Minihugs
Kikka

bastrota said...

Have a wonderful trip with many exciting experiences, Sans!

I wished I could come with you on your journey.

Namaste!

Hugs and greetings
Marion

WeeLittleWest / Kathy Olaf-Obrenski said...

Have a wonderful trip!!!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Have a marvelous trip, Sans! We will be here waiting for you. :)
Hugs

Ani said...

that a great trip! I hope you're enjoying more than a lot!!

Kim said...

Sans- I have been thinking about you on your adventure- I can hardly wait for you to return and tell us all about it!!! I hope you are having the time of your life :)

Papillon Bleu said...

Sans!!! You are going to India? YAY!!
I went to the museum of childhood and took some photos for you but they are a bit blurry :-(
I will still send them once I know you are back!
Namaste!

Tallulah Belle said...

Hey you I've missed you I am so behind.

I am sure oyu are having the most wonderful time though and you know I am so envious.

Can't wait to see what you got up to when you return...I am off next week for 3 weeks but we'll catch up then xxx

Sans! said...

Drora :):) I am home :):). So much has happened since I was gone :) but I am finally having some breathing space to reply to all my dear friends :).

I love very many aspects of the Indian culture and because of that I can love India for all its quirks. It is hardly a cosy or easy country. Someone told me, if you can travel in India , you can travel anywhere. Haha! Truth is I am more comfortable in India than I was in parts of Africa :). I will share more of my adventure soon.

Sans! said...

Victoria, I did have a wonderful trip. Thank you for your good wishes! :)

Sans! said...

Ewa, it was peaceful and in many ways, very new to me. I am back and trying not be sucked back to the very bad habits and the old ways that I had grown accustomed to but were not doing me any good. :)

I am already looking forward to my next ashram experience.

Sans! said...

Natalia, its lunchtime again in Singapore :):) !

I was looking at my India pictures with my friends last night. There is a special picture I took just for you. :) You must come back here when I make the post on Maharajah India to see that pic ok?

Sans! said...

Muchas gracias , May! Estoy tan conmovido que pensó en mí:)

Sans! said...

Ascensión Namaste!

He recibido su correo electrónico de Japón. Gracias, mi dulce amigo y querido. Como puedes ver, estoy muy seguro:). Ya sabes, me enteré de Japón sólo dos días después del tsunami ocurrido Estamos muy aislados en las montañas en el ashram. No hay televisión, ni periódicos, ni radio. Estaba ajeno a todo lo que estaba sucediendo en el mundo, pero también significaba que yo era apacible:).

Le mostrará imágenes pronto:).

Amor, besos y abrazos

Sans! said...

Natalia, I did a bit of stitching in India :). Stupidly, I took the sewing box to the plane so now I am without scissors and even needles! I have forgotten that they were prohibited on the plane when I came back. So now I am without my favourite sewing scissors :(. The gain is my dad just bought me a pair of beautiful Victorian embroidery scissors so as they say, you gain some, you lose some :)

Sans! said...

Katie, hope you are reading this reply because I had to tell you I received that lovely lovely birdhouse on 18/3/2011! It was sitting on my desk when I came in to work that day. :). Must have arrived early.

Seriously, the birdhouse is perfectly made. I love it so much! This morning, I have found a place for it at the tribal house. We will see if it is to be permanently there :)

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Sans! said...

Thank you, Lataina! I sure did!

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Sans! said...

Susanne, my friends and I are already planning to visit India again this August! hahaha :)

Sans! said...

Eva, it was all play and no work :)!

Sans! said...

Contar, I will make my posts over this weekend :). My friends and I had a good laugh last night when we saw them :).

Sans! said...

Jollie, because of this trip, I have deepened my friendships with 2 girls I have known since I was 18 ;). I also found some answers that have been plaguing me for a few years now. I think it's the chance to be quiet , meditative and mindful. I am really glad I did this trip :).

Sans! said...

Ara :):):) How's the little one?

The ashram was a yoga retreat and because it taught me to focus and concentrate so well, I have been bugging my sis to let her 10 year old girl join yoga classes :):) so that she too cna learn how to focus and concentrate. My niece really has an attention span of a 5 year old still :). I will tell you more soon :)

Sans! said...

Maria Luisa :)hola hola!

Tuve un gran tiempo, pero quizá no en Delhi! :):)

India no es un país fácil. Había muchos estafadores y yo estaba engañado tres veces en una fila .. jajaja! :) pero cuando fui a las montañas del Himalaya en el ashram fue, cada uno fue directo y tuve que lidiar con gente honesta. Yo estaba agradecido:). Te diré más pronto:)

Sans! said...

Birgit, I don't think I will ever be tired of that clip. And guess what? When I was in India, I saw many many many of the life size ladders that looked like the mini one I made! :):)

Sans! said...

My dear Betsy, I think you, in particular, will enjoy the ashram experience. Being so close to nature, spending hours on meditation and yoga every day , having vegetarian meals ...hmm, which may be a problem..

Do you like Indian food? The ashram I went to used loads of beans and potatoes so I worry all the time about gas during yoga or worse, when we are quietly meditating ..lol!

Sans! said...

I am back Piiko. I will really love to read about what all of you have been up to during my time in India :):). Soon!

Sans! said...

Ana, I did and I told my friends about how I may be visiting Portugal and Spain soon :)

Sans! said...

Grace, it's pretty surreal that I got to stay in the very palace where that hall was. It is really mind blowing and absolutely gorgeous . I will show you pictures soon!

Sans! said...

Cindy, it's been 2 weekends and I am back already :):) Soooooooo happy to be home !

Sans! said...

*waving at Kikka :):)

Sans! said...

Marion, you can do anything you want :) including visiting India with me. I am planning a craft trip to India next year. This is a trip I will love to make together with anyone of you because it is doing what we love. Embroidery, block printing, silver smithing etc etc.

Let me know if you want more details :):).

Sans! said...

Kathy O-O :):)

Honeyyyyyyyyy I'm Home!!!!!!!

Sans! said...

Norma, :):) Thank you for being here :).

Sans! said...

Ani, this trip may very well be a life changing experience :).

Sans! said...

Kim, I read your email before I left and felt really heartened ! It's amazing how much we have bonded over this short time :).

I am very eager to share what I did in India with you :):).

Sans! said...

Patricia !!!!!!!! Museum of Childhood? Yay! I went to the Craft Museum in Delhi and saw the most amazing exhibit of an Indian market scene in 1:12. Sadly I was not allowed to take pictures :(:(

I can't wait to see those pics you took! Quickie quick quick , send me :):)

Sans! said...

Jayne, you have been greatly missed. Guess what magazine I bought when I was in Delhi ? Elle Decor India of course ! LOL

Loan it to my sis without reading it 1st so I don't even know what's in there.

Now that you are back, don't go away for too long again.

Snowfern said...

*GLOMP*

WELCOME BACK!!! ^ ^ i have been checking in time and again to see if you have been free enough to update! WHEN IS OUR NEXT MEET OMG!! XD

Sans! said...

Cindy, I have the kiddies (nieces and nephew) coming over to stay this weekend but I want to do one this month !! Howzzzzzz???

Email you soon :).

dale's dreams said...

I am glad to hear you are safe and sound and now at home. Cindy told me you were away.

I look forward to seeing the pictures from your latest travels. :)

Sans! said...

As you may have read by now, I fear my narration my end up being epic-sodal. Teehee

Minka's Studio said...

Thank you for posting the lovely photos from your travels. Wonderful!

Sans! said...

Minka, the ones in this post are not mine :):). I did this post before I left . But if you have seen the ones I posted later in late March and April and you still like them, then I am very flattered because after seeing Claude Renault's work on the blog you recommended, I know mine pale in every way :):):)

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