Mission Impossible Prague 2012

The retreat house was indeed very quiet. Despite that, I woke up very early in the morning to have breakfast. I saw the German lady I met last night and had a chat with her while the other retreatants extremely quietly ate their breakfast. I was actually quite impressed. It wasn’t just because they could … Continue reading Mission Impossible Prague 2012

Vienna, Salzburg, Austria 2012

Vienna, Austria. First thing first, dinner with a friend I met in Bhutan 😊. He took me to a popular restaurant in Vienna. The schnitzel was soooo good. I had never had such delicious and succulent schnitzel before. The sauce that came with it was perfect. I think it was a mixture of some berries. … Continue reading Vienna, Salzburg, Austria 2012

Abyaneh, The Unique Red Village; Kashan, The Garden City In Iran

We left the Esfahan city and headed to Kashan which was the garden city in Iran. It was (still is) famous for its gardens.  Before that, we stopped at a unique red village in Iran, Abyaneh. It was indeed very different from other parts of Iran. The name of this place, Abyaneh, was derived from … Continue reading Abyaneh, The Unique Red Village; Kashan, The Garden City In Iran

My Favourite City In Iran, Esfahan

After our visit to the majestic Persepolis yesterday, we headed to Esfahan today. I didn’t expect much again as I am not a city person but when I got there, I was impressed and it became my favourite city in Iran. When you don’t have any expectations, you get surprises. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Naqsh-e … Continue reading My Favourite City In Iran, Esfahan

Whatever Is Produced In Haste Goes Easily To Waste

‘Whatever is produced in haste goes easily to waste’ was actually written by a very famous Iranian poet from the medieval period, Sadi. He was born in 1184 and died at the age of 94. He wasn’t just famous for his writing style but also for the depth of his social thoughts. His poems were … Continue reading Whatever Is Produced In Haste Goes Easily To Waste

My Last Day In Tibet. Drepung Monastery

It was my last day in Tibet. I would leave tomorrow. A lama that I met on my second day in Tibet asked me to visit his monastery so I came. Drepung Monastery wasn’t as grand as Potala Palace but it had that ‘monastic’ taste - very simple, but it was huge. There were many … Continue reading My Last Day In Tibet. Drepung Monastery

Sunrise in Lake Namutsuo. Was It Really A Peaceful Night?

At around 7:30am, the sun rose. We got up to take photos of the sunrise around the beautiful Lake Namutsuo. It was a peaceful night for most of us last night except for the couple who had only stayed in Tibet for one day and didn’t give themselves enough time to acclimatize. The wife woke … Continue reading Sunrise in Lake Namutsuo. Was It Really A Peaceful Night?

A Night In Lake Namutsuo, The Second Highest Salt Lake In The World

We all gathered in a hostel at 9am and started our journey to Lake Namutsuo, the second highest salt lake in the world (some sources said it's the highest).  After our dinner last night, we had closer ties with each other. We put all our money in a ‘central fund’ and we elected a treasurer … Continue reading A Night In Lake Namutsuo, The Second Highest Salt Lake In The World

Return To Lhasa

The next morning, we were joined by the owner of the restaurant from Shigatse. He needed to go to Lhasa so our driver gave him a lift. On our way, everybody was in good spirit. My travel companion was feeling so much better, so good that he looked as if he had never suffered from … Continue reading Return To Lhasa

Mountain Sickness. Near Death Experience

7 a.m. ? I looked through the broken window.  The sky turned from jet-black to dark blue. Stars changed from sparkling white to faintly visible white. The other travellers in the room started to move around on their benches. One of them said energetically, ‘Finally! Let’s go out to take some photos.’ He sounded as … Continue reading Mountain Sickness. Near Death Experience