So much has happened in the last couple of weeks I feel so blessed to have had some absolutely amazing experiences. Like one of my dear brothers said, travelling is all about learning things about yourself and about the world, and I feel like Im learning so much.
I stayed in Mcleod Gange for 2 weeks coz it was such a lush place (apart from the rain!). I did some volunteering doing English conversational classes with Tibetan refugees and other travelers. We sat in a class room and basically chatted English so the Tibetan people could practice outside their official classes. The conversations naturally turned to the reasons they were in India and the horrific things that had happened to them. I had to fight back tears alot during these classes and felt really humbled speaking to them as they didnt even show anger - I think I felt it for them! One 22 yr old girl is in my thoughts, she was frustrated in Tibetan and whilst in a street with her friends in Tibet shouted 'Free Tibet!'. The Chinese police threw her in jail for 8 months, they poisoned her and beat her. When she came out she said the Chinese government forced her to leave Tibet. She misses her mother alot. And all of this for shouting for freedom of her country. I feel disgusted and sad for these people. It breaks my heart.
On a lighter note! I went to the Dalai Lama's teachings! I managed to find a seat right on the alley way he would be walking past to his seat, he walked right passed me and looked at me and giggled... I can honestly say he had such an amazing ora, I could really feel it it was overwhelming and I got so emotional! Felt like a bit of a tit but I looked around at people near me and everyone was the same. Unbelievable. He spoke about the dependence of things, how everything and everyone are interdependent but have great attachment to themselves and this is why people get upset when things dont happen the way they want, or something happens they dont want. We cant control so many things so why get upset! He said through meditation we can overcome delusions and dispell negativity. He cracked jokes alot of the time he had such an amazing nature. Felt truly blessed to be in his company.
After getting completely mangled on my last night in Mcleod I headed to Manali, which is like the Amsterdam of India! Spent 4 days wandering round the mountains, sitting my rivers and waterfalls and generally being a tad stoned. Good days. Met some fantastic Goans's, such strong characters and their level of loyalty to eachother was amazing.
After Manali I headed to Leh where Ive been for the last 2 weeks. Been so excited about heading here as one of my brothers speaks very highly of it. And I can see why!! The epic journey here was well worth it, nearly 500km, scary mountain passes, a crazy Nepalese driver and several heart attacks! Leh is a beautiful mountain dessert, it has a gorgeous mountain palace in the middle, with gorgeous old mud like houses, winding alleys, beautiful little streams, hundreds of gompa statue's, the friendliest people and all surrounded by rolling mountains. Its pure magic! The people here are so welcoming, you walk around the streets and everyone's saying Jule! (hello!) like you've known them for years, Ive had the biggest grin on my face!! The surrounding areas are jaw dropping, went on a trip to Pangong Lake with a brillirant Brazilian girl and a group of Israeli's, it was absolutely stunning. We stayed in a Ladakhy families house all camped out in one room. Brilliant! Met some absolutely brilliant travellers here who've been a real inspiration. Feeling lucky :-)