Meditation at the Monastery

The last few days has gave me a bit of an excuse to try and meditate more regularly.  For those of you who are interested I thought I’d give a bit of an idea what that was like. I tried to meditate between 2-3 times a day, for only 15-20 minutes at a time.  I…

A stay at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu

After some haggling over price and a very bumpy ride through Kathmandu’s earthquake damaged roads, our taxi climbed up the steep hill towards Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery that welcomes people from around the world for Buddhist study, meditation and retreats. A guard met and questioned us at the large ornate gate into the…

24 hours in Kathmandu, Nepal

It is still early days but we are both feeling pretty impressed by Kathmandu and the Nepalese people.  It’s only a matter on months since they experienced several devastating earthquakes and all we have seen is cheerfulness, kindness and resilience since arriving! Yesterday evening, through our jet lag, we visited Durbar Square. Whilst I found…

Goodbyes #2 Aylesbury via London

It is all change back in Aylesbury with mum and dad packing up their old house and each getting ready for their moves.  It has been such a long time coming and we are very happy for both of them, but I must admit it is a funny feeling for me leaving the house for…

Goodbyes #1 Cornwall via Dismaland

Before leaving the UK and setting off for Myanmar, or interim locations while we await confirmation of Anna’s VSO placement, we took a drive down to Cornwall to visit my and say goodbye to my family. The timing was perfect for a half way stop at Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare. In Cornwall we took a walk down to…