Sarel - Private Benjamin

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out” Art Linkletter A useful quote for those of us with expectations and particularly those of us mad enough to do voluntary work abroad, in…

Bombs and sheep

Two bombs went off at the finish point of the Boston Marathon this week. As yet no one seems to know who the perpetrators are but as President Obama promised,  and I am sure he is right,  they will be…

Bingo!

Bingo (UK), a game using a printed ticket of 15 numbers on three lines; most commonly played in the UK. The winner is the person who has all the numbers on one line or on the complete card. It is…

” Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Its our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us” Writing is scary. Writing letters to friends or business letters…

Secret and Sacred

This will be the final chapter in the story of my wonderful trip to Southern India….   Sheer distances in India plays a part in how much you can cram into a little over 3 weeks. A journey that might…

India 7: Ashrams and People

We  hung out at our comfortable Hotel in Varkala  for longer than we intended because we simply couldn’t decide what to do. I wanted to go visit the Hugging Mother, one of India’s living Saints, who is known simply as…

India 6: Hindu temple Festival WOW

  In Verkala where I left you last, we solved the “Iman with a mega loud horn”  problem by moving hotels.  Not far, just to the cliff top.  We had a short lived quandary re hotel choice. Style (loft style to be precise)…

India 5: Houseboat  Stay

I am on the beach  in Varkala in very southern Kerala. This was one of the places that was affected by the Xmas tsunami.   I have just posted on FB, “Varkala isn’t a complete success so far. The sand is black, the beach…