Bologna was another hop on hop off city for me. Like Milan, i only spent one night here. Another one strange night. Not like Milan, I had a tour guide here, Fulvio. He was my colleague back in Melbourne. He was also my Italian-practice buddy. We usually greeted each other with this: Him : Buon Giorno, Maria (Good Morning, Maria) Me : Buon Giorno. Come sta? (Good Morning, how are you?) Him : Bene, e tu? (Good, and you?) Me […]
For every loss, there is hidden gain. And for every gain, there is hidden loss. A quote from Hazrat Inayat Khan is the perfect way to describe my solo trip in Venice last autumn. Unexpected gain behind a hidden loss that i couldn’t not foresee beforehand. Venice has many names. La Serenissima. City of Water. La Dominante. City of Canals. But, my favourite one is ‘The Floating City’. The fact that this city is built on top of water amazed […]
All about Plum Village can be found intensively in their website http://plumvillage.org It starts on retreat schedule, how to get there, arrival & departure, accommodation & pricing, sample schedule, what to bring, what to wear, meals, transportation, and extended stay. Everything is on that website. If everything is on that website, what am i writing now? I am focusing on my experience on the practice that i had in Plum Village. Real stories with real people. When i first arrived in […]
Village des Pruniers or Plum Village in English is a mindfulness practice centre in Southwest France. It is led by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967. If you want to know more about Plum Village and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, you can visit […]
Here I am, at the end of my grand trip in circling Europe for 67 days. It started on 25th October 2016 and it ends today, 31st December 2016. Why 31st December? It’s because it’s the more dramatic way to end 2016 like this. Apparently I have a bit of drama queen character inside me. I am sitting alone in middle of Brioche Doree in Charles de Gaulles Airport Terminal 1 with plenty other travelers who also travel in New […]
Two months before I departed, I resigned from my job. That’s why it was possible to do this trip. I won’t talk about the resignation topic in this post. It is a long story that require a new post. When I started the trip, I didn’t plan to spend 67 days, but 51 days. Why? A lot of things happened during the journey that made me decided to stay longer. I wanted to have more time in each city and […]
“I never know that i can see Eiffel Tower in totally different way. Not as an iconic skyscraper, but a natural beauty, a merge of human touch and mother earth.” by .runa.