Two Days in Bagan~

An echo of the great sense of awe that met me when I first saw the great pyramids of Giza back in 1996, Bagan enveloped me with an overwhelming wonder that will live in my mind as long as I walk and breathe. Thousands of beautiful structures spiraling to the skies scattered across miles of green trees, a setting that could  only have been imagined by something greater than us. I felt humbled at the beauty and richness of what caused such a place to exist. 

Two days are certainly not enough and can only open a small window to what lives in this world. 

Collecting essences

collecting essences

collecting essences

There were times when most people were born, raised, lived out their whole lives in a single place. The stories of lands far away were but fantasies and fairy tales. Not today. Our children travel and experience so much in their young days than was possible in a whole lifetime even a 100 years ago. They collect the essences that live in different lands, they take them into themselves and blend them with their own consciousness, making them future world citizens and connecting them into a web of connection that envelopes the planet making it friendlier and more integrated. I do pray that this is what will make this world a better place once they carry the torch of humanity into the future.

Day 24~ October 24th~ Yunnan

girl with the pearl necklace

There is a little girl who lives on a mountain top, her home is made of mud bricks and it is one big room, her brother, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents all live in that big room, also her chickens, pigs, cows, cats, dog and all the birds in their trees. She has a very pretty pearl necklace and a lovely pink dress. Her name she could not tell me, she was too shy to speak. I will call her the girl with the pearl necklace.

Day 4~ May 4th~ Cambodia

the faces in the jungle

No matter how prepared you are when visiting Cambodia and despite all the photos you may have seen, meeting the stone buddha heads and faces in the jungles of Siem Reap can be an astounding experience. There is a great serenity in those faces, a wonderful calm even with the sense of eeriness, and they raise hundreds of questions in the mind of any visitor.

Even when the temples are in a state of ruin and natural erosion and deterioration, Siem Reap is visited by thousands of monks who continue to pay homage in this historical place. Something religious is very alive and well in Cambodia and it is quite difficult to miss.