Special People We Met in Thailand

In Thailand we were lucky to meet some very interesting people. We had two great meditation guides who educated us and inspired us to meditate every morning. A practice that we continue to do. On the left of the picture is Yongdu a Buddhist Lama. On the right is Frans, a former CEO of an important emergency management company in the Netherlands. Frans left the corporate world to live in Thailand and run workshops to help people find their purpose in life.

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Another person that guided us during our fast and provided a lot of useful information is Tom Coghill. For the last 30 years all his efforts have been focused on juice fasting. He runs a fasting website and has written a few e-books on this subject.

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Another aspect that we are exploring in this trip is researching and learning about the mystic world in Asia. In Thailand we met Papu (picture below) who is a 1,000 year old monk. Papu is currently using the body of the Thai woman in the picture. She married an English speaking person who translated Papu’s guidance for us. Papu gave us advice, good luck amulets and told us that the future is looking bright for us.

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Before leaving this wonderful country, we spent some time on top of a scooter around Mae Rim and Chiang Mai visiting rice fields, Buddhist temples and delicious restaurants. Here are a few pictures:

Rice is starting to grow on the fields around Mae Rim

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Tarci negotiating our fresh fruits and vegetables at a local market

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Salva happy to find our moped in one of the largest motorcycle parking places we have ever seen

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Full moon night with the view of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai

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Flight booked for India – August 4th

Our next destination is India. We will be flying into Delhi and then spend 6 days exploring the Golden Triangle. We will visit Delhi with students from the non-profit Goonj, then we will head to Agra to see the amazing Taj Mahal and from there we will go to Jaipur.

After the Golden Triangle we will head to Rishikesh, the world capital of Yoga, where we will spend time learning more about Yoga. From Rishikesh we will go Hyderabad for a few nights to visit friends. Finally we will end the trip in Auroville a universal city in the making.

As with any plans there will probably changes… but we will try to stick to the above itinerary.

Home Away From Home in Thailand

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Nowadays, you can find pretty much anything on the internet including great deals on housing. We are using airbnb to search for places to stay and found this gorgeous two-floor small apartment within a Spa in northern Thailand for less than 30 USD/per night. In the picture above you can see the roof (the one of the far right) of our current home.

The benefits of staying within a Spa are many as you can imagine but we enjoy the most being able to have a delicious healthy meal outdoors in the restaurant while we plan our next destination.

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Another benefit that we are enjoying tremendously is that we are far away from major cities and within walking distance we can visit villages and watch the local farmers while they plant the rice fields.

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Finally, waking up with an amazing view is a priceless experience. Our bedroom view in the mornings in pictured below.

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Thailand: Our First Country

On July 6th, we arrived in Bangkok, Thailand! We could only believe it after we had our first Thai Curry. D E L I C I O U S!!!  At this point we really felt like all we did was eat so we decided to go for a walk to explore the city for a few hours before our flight to Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand).

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When the airplane landed in Chiang Mai we knew we had chosen the perfect place to start our inner journey in Asia.

Unwinding in Hawaii

As you can probably imagine, after a few hectic months wrapping up at work, packing, moving and visiting family and friends, we needed a little break. And since Hawaii was on the way to Asia… We had to stop there for a few days.

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