Yesterday we went to a market not far from Arusha.
We learned to say “how much”, “too much”, “I’m a student”, “I want the Tanzanian price, not the foreigner price” and “reduce the price please” in Swahili.
The last photo shows what one can buy for a approximately $2, DKK 10-12.
Our (Ashley Reid, KJ Stime and me) first fix: an oxygen concentrator with a broken aluminum tube. We initially tried to reinsert the non-broken part of the aluminum tube into the compressor outlet, however this caused a major leak.
We ended up connecting the two ends with rubber tubes. The entire composition was held together by plastic zip-ties.
The oxygen concentration is now once again ready for use – an easy but useful fix.
Lumbini is the first one of the four holiest pilgrimage sites of Buddhist, the others being the place where he reached enlightenment (Buddha – en enlightened), the place where he preached the first time and the site where deceased.
Basically one can go see the exact place of his birth, the holy lake where his mother bathed after giving birth and the holy garden surrounding the site – though this was more like a jungle of prayer flags.
Moving away from the birth site there is a long artificial canal which and on both sides of it there are beautiful monastaries built by different nations and organizations all in a variety of different architechtures. Furhter more, at the end of the canal near the birth site, we found the Eternal peace flame.
Tomorrow, the 28/12, we are leaving for a big trek for about 14-15 days in the
Annapurnas. This morning we went to the top of Sarangath peak near Pohkara to get a view of what where we are going. The view of the Annapurnas from here during sunrise was breathtaking. The highest peak of these mountains is 8091 m, it has 13 peaks over 7000 and 16 additional peaks over 6000 meters. The highest point we will reach on our trek will be 5416 m at the Thorung La pass.
One easily feels very small and almost humble in the presence of these mountains. Now, on the verge of levaing Pokhara, its almost unreal to think that we’re going to spend the next 2 weeks or so in this amazing scenery.
This weekend, the 15. and 16., I went with friends/volunteers Christian and Mees to “the Last Resort”. It is a beautiful placement just 14 kilometers from the Tibet border. We did the worlds highest canyon swing, the worlds 3. highest bungy, canyoning and white water rafting. Here are some of the jumps, the placements an evening trek.. More to come 😉