It’s my birthday!
This birthday is particularly great, since I’m in the middle of the Himalayas in the idyllic town Dharamkot with an altitude of about 2,200 meters.
Dharamkot is a small town up in the mountains close to Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj: home of the Dalai Lama. There are many Buddhist monks walking around here, as well as Tibetan refugees and Tibetan food in the restaurants. I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the Monks here and it seemed that he was walking around talking to passersby (tourists) about compassion. He has been studying for 12 years total now, and has 4 years of studies left, after which he can choose to focus on meditation, compassion or teaching about Buddhism. He finds meditation too difficult, so will probably focus on compassion.
I ate chocolate Momo’s, which is a traditional Tibetan dish, usually not with chocolate, but hey: it’s my birthday.
The temperature here is significantly lower than it was in Varanasi and Rishikesh: 18 Celsius here compared to 37 there. This is of course due to the high altitude. I love this temperature, the sun is shining bright and I have much more energy. In the evenings and early mornings it is a bit too cold for my flimsy clothes, so I bought a Nepalese blanket and some sheep wool socks to keep warm. Happy birthday to me!
There is also a dance party here this evening where my Scottish friend Scott and I will be going to.
Tomorrow back to same ol’, same ol’ which should consist of more greatness.