Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Krishna in St Petersburg

I was in St Petersburg in late 2016 when walking along a canal towards the local tourist market and my friend and I stumbled upon a satsang in the snow.

Yes it was quite unexpected, some Hari Krishna devotees in a bliss filled chant dancing and singing outside a big hall.



Sometimes the most unexpected events stumble across you when your on the road. As you can see in the video these devotees were in ecstatic joy.

This was the true spirit of satsang. To achieve such joy of spirit one must let go of the ego and embrace the feelings of joy that flow within as the chant envelopes your consciousness.

We in the west are sometimes not ready due to self consciousness to do this.




Thursday, 17 October 2019

Lao Thai Peace Bridge Nong Khai




Peace Bridge


I crossed the bridge in July 2019 One of the shortest international crossings in my life.

It was maybe 10min at most but nice crossing the Mekong that way.

On the Lao side in typical Lao fashion there was no customs officials in the offices at work, no transport to Vientiane, so a local customs official took me by motorcycle back to the road bridge customs point  at the end of the bridge to pass through customs.

There one can take a local bus to Vientiane for next to nothing.

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Railway
A metre-gauge rail track from Nong Khai station runs along the centre of the bridge. Road traffic is stopped when a train is crossing.

On March 20, 2004, an agreement between the Thai and Lao governments was signed to extend the railway to Thanaleng Railway Station in Laos, about 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from the bridge. This will be the first railway link to Laos (but not the first railway, as a short portage line once existed). The Thai government agreed to finance the line through a combination of grant and loan.[3] Construction formally began on January 19, 2007.[4] Test trains began running on July 4, 2008.[3] Formal inauguration occurred on March 5, 2009.[5]
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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Golteik Bridge Lassio Train line Myanmar





Built in the 1800's the Golteik Bridge is a majestic engineering feat of brilliance.

Bombed by the Japanese in WW2 it was repaired and is up and working to this day.


The train leaves from Mandalay before dawn (4am)goes through Pye O Lwin, Hsiepaw, to Lassio

See the man in seat 61 for the full timetable: man in seat 61


Sunday, 21 July 2019

A Sufi shrine with a message of love



Every Saint speaks with  the one voice. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A Chinese Journey ; Lao Tsu Museum and chinese medicine



Here are some thoughts on Chinese medicine from an interview on radio.

Then some pictures from my trips in China along the Yangtse and in Anhwei province Guoyang museum,Suzhou historic merchant city.