Mittwoch, 22. Dezember 2010

Arambol, Goa - my home in December 2010

I’ve been in Arambol since the last 3 weeks and I will stay at least another 2 weeks, until after New Years before heading inland to beautiful Hampi. It feels good to stay in one place a bit longer and settle down a bit. Making friends, doing yoga, walks on the beach – wow, time is flying.

Finally after changing accommodation 3 times, I have found my home. A new built house and I am the 1st to live in it. I have a pet – a white cow, which sleeps in front of my door and is protecting me from wild animals, like barking dogs, chickens, pigs and so on.


One could say I am living on a little farm and it feels like spring here since all the animals have babies, it’s like a little zoo here at the moment. As you can see the animals share their food with each other – everyone lives happily together :)

This is my yoga studio – a palm tree shack on the rooftop of a building.

My yoga teacher Mahi - doing one of his crazy postures. I am still working on the Scorpio – haven’t forgotten my promise.

One day I felt like biking, so I rented a bike for a day (costs: less than € 1, 00) and cruised around on Goa’s streets. Driving on the left side of the road wasn’t a problem. Next goal – driving a scooter in India – stay tuned :)

Arambol is a beautiful, relaxed place (with great sunsets :) ) and I am very happy here.

Last but not least I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – may you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends. I’ll be thinking of you.

Sunshine greetings, Eylin

Donnerstag, 2. Dezember 2010

Going further South - Jodhpur, Udaipur, Arambol

After the Camel fair in Pushkar, I am travelling further south to Jodhpur – also called the Blue City, a city on the edge of the Great Thar Desert – the city has a huge fort with a beautiful palace poking above the awesome walls. 

Meherangarh fort

I arrive and it's raining – in a desert city… I feel a bit like in Luzern, with all the rain. It's 10 pm and our Rickshaw driver brings us to our Guest House 'Hare Krishna'. The room is super cute, small but with some nice drawings on the wall, I am going to bed at 11 pm and around midnight I wake up because people running up and down the staircase and they sound very excited. Why? Because the rooftop is on fire…So what to do – get your passport and out of the hotel.

At the end we were able to rescue all of our belongings and move in the middle of the night in the midst of rain to another hotel and got our well deserved sleep - thanks god :).

In the morning it's still raining, so my mission is to get to know the local cuisine, first stop a place where you can get the best Lassi in town according to the Lonely Planet AND it's totally true - it's like lemon yoghurt: fresh and fruity and great for a good start in a new day, then down the street there is a place which sells Masala Dosa, a South Indian speciality. I think that was the biggest Dosa I ever had and unfortunately as delicious as it was I couldn't finish it – my stomach is just not big enough.

Then after all this good food, it was time to explore the Blue City a bit and see the so famous Meherangarh fort. 

It's really beautiful and huge and from up there, you can see the whole Blue City. I wished for sun but that time it shouldn't be but from the picture you still get an idea how beautiful Jodhpur is. 


After Jodhpur the journey continues to Udaipur – the night bus to Udaipur is the worst thing happening to me so far on this journey – the holes of the highway gave me a stiff neck and I couldn’t sleep at all during the whole night ride – anyways, it was definitely worth the pain, cause Udaipur is another beautiful place in India: whimsical and serene, surrounded by misty, ochre-shaded hills, Udaipur is Rajasthan's most romantic city and is therefore also called the 'Venice of India'. 

On my 2nd day in Udaipur, I've been visiting one of India's largest and most important Jain temples: Ranakpur – an incredible piece of architecture. Ranakpur is a complex in milk-white marble, a complicated series of 29 halls, supported by a forest of 1444 pillars (not one alike).

In Udaipur we've been meeting with a couch surfer, who couldn't host but showed us his city. So we've been visiting his friend in the countryside, who happened to have a baby-goat, as you can see on the picture, we became friends.

After 4 days Udaipur it was again time to move and so my longest journey by bus, train and Rickshaw began - 32 hours from Udaipur to Arambol in Goa.

On the sleeper train there are 3 bunk beds and I was lucky and got the upper berth. It's rather hot during the day up there but at least no one can disturb you. Best thing is that you take all your belongings and heave them up on the bed, so no one steals anything – therefore you have to squeeze a bit and share the already small room with your luggage but at the end it's better to do that than to loose everything. People are really friendly and share everything with you: stories, food, drinks and there are also tons of sales people running through the train, selling tea, food, toys etc.

Finally I am in Arambol – the month of December is dedicated to Yoga. I am doing a morning and afternoon class and in between I am swimming in the ocean or enjoy sitting in the hammock of my guesthouse. Andrea and Ivan - I've rented your room this year, greetings from the owners to you :)

I feel already at home although this year there are a lot of Israeli's in Goa, not so many Russians because of visa restrictions. Israeli's love this horrible Techno music, so I guess I have to cope with this while I am here or move if it gets out of control – you all know me, I love to have some piece and quiet.

My goal for the yoga month is to be able to do the Scorpio posture – here is a sample, I hope by the end of the month you see my picture instead of that one here.

For now I can do at least the shoulder and headstand pretty well.

I hope you are all well, I am so happy to have received so many nice comments and emails – I am glad you are all with me on this journey. I wish you all a great rest of the week and a happy Pre-Christmas time. Sunshine greetings, yours Eylin

Samstag, 20. November 2010

Weimar to Pushkar – the journey begins on November 9th, 2010

Weimar train station: I and my 2 backpacks plus a food back.

I think I am carrying around 23 kg around with me, but that is all I've got for however long I will travel, so it's not that bad.

Katharina & Tom

My friends Katharina and Tom from Munich.

Thanks so much for hosting me and being so great on my last day in Germany. Thanks for the best Pizza from Munich and all the other good food and drinks we had.


These pictures are especially for Tom-Justin and Torsten – as you both imagined: Dubai is full of Ferrari’s and rich Sheiks.

Dubai is a great city, especially if you have a tour guide called: Sonja. 

Sonja, thanks so much for showing me around in old and new Dubai.  
Dubai has the biggest buildings, shopping malls, water games, public aquarium etc. – nice beaches, good food and more - it's worth going there for sure.

Pushkar is a small, magical, desert-edged town with 400 milky-colored temples curled around a holy lake. It's an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, with one of the worlds few Brahma temples.

I went mainly there because of the Camel fair but also the market, the Ghats, the temples are definitely worth seeing.

Especially around the time of the full-moon, which will be the weekend of the 21st – 22nd of November, pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred waters of the Pushkar lake and its fifty-two bathing Ghats. So the town gets super crowded.

Holy cows on the way to the camel fair – they seem to enjoy the market. 


The, 'Best Falafel shop' in Pushkar and his owner. I am sorry Tom but if you and me thought the best Falafels are from Paris or Berlin – it was wrong, Pushkar is the place to get them.

The camel fair is not only about trading camels and cattle, it has also a major cultural program.

Moustache competition
Matka Race (Water pot race for women)

You can find herds of camels crossing your bath on the way to the Savitri Temple – where you can see the sun-set best, when I was there, it happened to be also the time of the hot-air balloon show.



I also enjoyed a 1 ½ hour camel ride: a bit into the desert and back – nice, relaxing.

I will be leaving Pushkar on Monday to go to Jodhpur – also called the Blue City.

Montag, 8. November 2010

The beginning and the meaning...

...of my blog's title.

Surely not everyone will immediately understand what it means, and it took me a while to decided which title to choose. There are so many options and to pick the right one can be quite a task but finally I chose this one because:

* it took me 33 years to take this step (but as you all will probably agree on: Better later, than never, right?)
* the elephant is a symbol of good luck to India - and what can I wish more for than 'good luck' on this journey, which starts in Delhi, a city with approx. 12 million inhabitants (when I think of that, I already start missing Luzern :))
* a gap, also means for me to take a break from the 'known' to experience the 'unknown' and to be open to whatever comes and learn from it.

I would be happy to hear from you all during my journey.

Happy days and Namaste,