After Ten days Vipassana Meditation Course,
I am back to the center of Leh City.
Leh seems to be a big city to me,
I am still the same person,
but something has changed.
We come back to hearth hostel,
and we feel so much connected with our vipassana mates.
So, we decide to meet all together in our hostel again.
To celebrate that we made it through this course,
and also to celebrate the birthday of Issac.
And of course, drinks are necessary!
But, it's "dry" day, and the one and only wine store
in town is closed.
Well, I am definitely not that kind of person
who give up just like this.
So, I ask Anish (from the hostel),
if by any chance I can get alcohol somewhere.
In the end, he bring me to the
"underground black market"
I am not so scared, but in the same time,
it's really "underground" and dark.
So Anish open the door from the middle of nowhere
and we arrive in the "black market"
The woman ask, "what do you want"
and then I answer "what do you have"
Well, it's funny when I think of now.
I am the only woman there except for the owner.
I have to say, it's very special experience for me
Walking in the main market, you always hear "Julley"
or it actullay means everything
One time I ask, how to say cheers in ladakhi
and he thinks for while and say "Julley"
"O Julley" means "Thank you"
"Ya Julley" means "Bye"
You feel the positive vibes around you,
I am really grateful to see those happy faces!
Of course, it happens something that challenge me
In ladakh area, the connection is not that good
even sometimes when you connected with WIFI
but anyway, not many places have it
在拉达克地区, 整体上来说, 信号并不是很好
I need to contact my family that I will stay in India
a bit longer
Also, after 10 days, I need to contact my family
My phone doesn't work, same with the internet
It's 7pm at night, I go to a shop randomly
just to ask if they know where I can recharge
The owner say that he can help me
After one hour of trying.
finally my internet is working again
But then he refuse to take extra money
but just the money he helps me to charge
Then, he tells me that during the winter time
It's very dangerous to walk alone without a stick
Cold winter and not every shop it's open
especially during the night,
他告诉我, 冬天的时候, 晚上独自在街上行走
Street dogs are a big problem, and they do bite
during the winter time,
they don't have anything to eat
So then, the owner walks me back to my hostel
with a stick
Little things but it melts my heart.
In my hostel, because of the cold winter
Same with meditation center,
all the water pipes are frozen
And the "ladakhi style toilet",
it gives me the motivation to walk 20 mins
to the main market every morning to do my "business"
Well, I won't post the ladakhi style toilet here,
but if you want to see, ask me in private
and I will send it to you.
Please, not to mention about shower,
we don't actually shower
But actually I enjoy it very much,
it's totally a diffrent experience,
but it reminds me,
we don't need much to live.
Ancient Palace Leh,
around 30 - 40 mins from main market
从主集市出发大概30 - 40分钟
All they way up to the Palace,
surrounded by breathtaking views
You can see all Leh city from here,
also all layers of mountains behind
Simple way of living, and the communities are happy
We find a spot with lots of prayer flags,
and we walk up to the top
We meditate for few minutes under the strong wind
The moment we open our eyes,
that feeling is kind of strange but full of power
When I am at the top of this part,
It reminds me the last day of vipassana
We all want to climb up the mountain in the back
of our center
Just would like to see what's behind there
It's actually forbidden to cross the border
(we can't cross the assigned border during the course)
But we all climb up and every one of us
The last group sitting is calling,
Assist teacher is ringing the bell
That time I am still up in the mountain
I don't not reach the peak because we don't
actually have enough time
And the bell is ringing,
I am nervous because of the bell
But in the same time
I am saying "Anicca Anicca Anicca" all the way down
我开始喊"Anicca Anicca Anicca"
All our vipassana mates wait until all of us come down
from the mountain
No one leaves the team and go to the hall
That's the power, we are in this together
What's behind the mountain?
If you think you are at the top, it's never the top
There's always a higher peak.