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Dipping in the Ganga river – Indian ashram experience

  Phool Chatti Ashram is a 100 year old ashram located 7 kms north of Rishikesh on the Ganga river bank. Here, you can experience ashram life in…

Phool Chatti Ashram Yoga Meditation India Ganga River Rishikesh Pooja Shiva temple

Temple ceremony – Indian ashram experience

  Prayer is an important aspect of ashram life. In the Phool Chatti ashram there is a daily evening prayer, or ”pooja” which is performed in the small…

Phool Chatti Ashram Yoga Meditation India Ganga River Rishikesh Neti Pot

Neti Pot – yogic cleansing in the ashram

  The morning routine in the ashram is a 3 hour program starting at 6 am. It contains meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), chanting mantras, yoga, and: yogic cleansing…

Phool Chatti Ashram Yoga Meditation India Ganga River Rishikesh

Spending a week in a traditional Indian Ashram

  Phool Chatti Ashram is a 100 year old ashram located 7 kms north of Rishikesh on the Ganga river bank. Here, you can experience ashram life in…

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Oh India… How little I understand of you.

  Every traveler who has crossed India will recognize this.. 😉

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Taking yoga classes in Rishikesh – and relààààx

  And once more I find myself on the yoga mat, this time in Rishikesh, a holy city on the Ganga river bank, world famous for its numerous…

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Designing an illustrated business card for Guesthouse Trimurti Garden

Trimurti Garden is one of those hidden gems that you can only stumble upon by reference of other travelers. It’s located on the foothills of Dharamkot, a village…

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Walking mindfully at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

Yeah.. what can I say? I have still a lot to learn when it comes to being mindful. 😉    

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Calm down that monkey mind at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

Fresh and clean after a refreshing shower I arrive in the gompa at 6:45 am. As the meditation starts: HELLO MONKEY MIND!! Maybe that shower was a little…

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

My karma yoga job at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

  For more information about the course please check out the Tushita website

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

How silence turned us into peaceful zombies at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

  For more information about the course please check out the Tushita website

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Eating mindful at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

For more information about the course please check out the Tushita website

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Waking up mindful at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

Being mindful is not that easy… 😉 “The gong woke me up this morning at 6 and I forgot entirely about ‘waking up mindful’ as was explained yesterday….

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Teachings in the gompa at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

  Teachings on the concepts of Tibetan Buddhism are given twice a day, the first 6 full days of the course. They take place in the Gompa, the…

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

Breakfast at Tushita – Introduction to Buddhism

Tushita is at an altitude of 1800 meter and in November it gets quite cold. There’s no central heating so everyone was wearing multiple layers of clothes. Silently…

Tushita Meditation center Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course McLeod Ganj India

10-day Buddhism course & meditation retreat at Tushita – McLeodGanj

One of my reasons for going to McLeod Ganj, in the North of India is to deepen my understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. McLeod Ganj is famous for being…

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Painting for a stray animal recovery center – Dharamsala

Badmash Peepal Farm is a small conscious living community near Dharamsala that strives to bring an end to animal suffering. Located in the beautiful countryside on the foothills…

The advantages of travelling as a woman in India – Delhi Metro

I’m in Delhi and I found my way to a nearby metro station. I’m on my way to cross the entire city to get to South Delhi where…

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Couchsurfing in New Delhi – Level Shoonya

Couchsurfing is an online, international hospitality network through which travellers can find local hosts and vice versa. I’ve always find it a nice way to get aquainted with…

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Exploring artsy Ranong – Thailand

I’m happy to run in to Nat, a Thai guy who has a very chilled out appearance. But in Bangkok Nat worked successfully for years as a visual…

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It’s a dog’s life on Koh Phayam – Thailand

After having enjoyed Europe’s comfortable lifestyle for a while, I’m back on the road again. First stop in Bangkok. I receive an e-mail from Sabai Sabai Bungalows asking…

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Touch base – Amsterdam

Amsterdam. Famous for.. well, we all know what Amsterdam is famous for. But more than spliffs and the red light district, Amsterdam has been home to me for…

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History is everywhere in France – living in a medieval watchtower

  “I’m so jealous of you Europeans. You are surrounded by centuries of history on often less than an hour drive!” sighted once a Canadian girl I met…

Hitchhiking through France!

August and September I was back in Europe for 6 weeks, of which I spent 5 weeks in France. What made me want to take a break from…

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Adventure is everywhere – eating mussels in Normandy, France

After 7 months of traveling in South East Asia I’ve probably had enough fried noodles vegetable for the rest of my life.. Going to France to see back…

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What I’ve learned of 7 months travel in South East Asia

After 7 months in South East Asia, of which only 4 were actually planned, it’s time for a quick evaluation. To go short – it were the best…

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Back to the Tomato Guesthouse – to paint signs! – Cambodia

And once more I returned to the lovely, Khmer family run Tomato Guesthouse. Right before leaving Cambodia after 3 months of painting, this ‘home away from home’ provided…

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Meditation: calm down, calm down, calm down – Cambodia

The Hariharalaya retreat center in Cambodia was my refuge turning 30 (see my previous post). And, it was so good that I went back for more. Six days of yoga…

What changed when I became a long-term traveller

Some observations on how things changed for  me after months of traveling 🙂

Taking a pedicure in Cambodia :)

Call me lazy. I would never get a pedicure back home. But here it’s affordable and my feet depereately needed a pedicure. Even though I was quite embarrassed,…

Illustrated travel blog Cambodia Tiger balm health care

Tiger balm – the Cambodian solution to all health problems

  Tiger balm. The strong, herbal and minty smelling balm you can find through out all South East Asia. My first use of it was back in the…

Nights of backgammon – Cambodia

Meet Nils. One of the owners of the Lonely Beach Resort. A Backgammon addict. And my teacher for the these two months of intensive Backgammon-ing.   Every night,…

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Same same but different – shower rituals in Cambodia

Taking a shower while wearing a tube-shaped piece of clothng wrapped around you is not as easy as it seems! The one time I got to try it,…

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My first words of Khmer – Cambodia

After the first visit to Cambodia in February/March, I’m back now for 3 months. I got invited to do art work for the on the remote and secluded…

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Going to a hair dresser in Cambodia..

I left Amsterdam in early January with freshly cut hair. Having a short hairstyle usually means frequent maintenance. And so I was quite attached to my awesome hair…

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the Hariharalaya yoga & meditation retreat – Where I turned 30!

Turning 30. Was I trying to escape it, as my brother suggested, by going away traveling? Who knows. While my Facebook news feed gradually turned into a portfolio of…

Well hello there!! – Proud Pineapples – Thailand

  Ok, I love pineapples. I remember a day more than 10 years ago at Curacao (a Caribbean island) where I got myself a mouth-watering huge portion of…

How to make your own hammock – DIY!

One of the other things I found myself to do while volunteering on an organic farm in Northern Thailand via WWOOF, was making my own hammocks. Hammocks are possibly…

Handle with care – is this cactus talking to me? – Thailand

Nature often inspires me in my drawings. At the Layao Farm, where I volunteered for two weeks, I loved spending my afternoon in the garden drawing plants and…

The Miraculous food out of the Karen kitchen

In my previous post I mentioned my stay on the Layao Farm: an organic farm in Northern Thailand where you can WWOOF: volunteer in the fields. Now I’m…

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