Goodbye Dakar….

I’m on the early morning flight from Dakar, recalling the mixed feelings I had about Senegal when I was leaving Asia. Just a few days before I flew out towards the West, I had met two German ladies on the Ko Chang Island. After talking to them, my mind was full of questions: “Why do…

10 days of mind training, aloe vera & much more

“Donnnnng, donnnnng, donnnnnng, donnnnnng”. I open my eyes slightly and realise this is the first of the 10 mornings with a 4am wake-up call in order to start the first morning meditation at 4.30 am. True to my old habit I just turn around and close my eyes to steal another 15 or 20 minutes of…

Bringing joy in children’s lives

If someone would tell me before leaving on this trip that I would spend almost 2 full weeks with a group of older American volunteers (the oldest was 77-yup, you read it correctly), I would probably laugh out loud and say “No way”. But it is exactly what happened! It turned out that I arrived…

Morning at a Buddhist temple

One of the advantages of these types of travels, when one is not constantly moving around and hopping from one place to another, but staying longer in one spot, is that you get to know people a tiny bit better; let’s say enough for them to invite you along on a visit to a temple….