Archive for the ‘2. August 2011’ Category

Another of Hendrik's favourite aprons

You might be wondering, as I am, why I decided to call today dessert…There are 2 reasons for this number 1: the dessert today was the highlight of my day and number 2: I want to remember it for my future self to read over and remember and make. Enough suspense…the desert was this: whipped cream with coconut, yogurt, sugar and toblerone pieces mixed together with fresh fruit then put in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes so it becomes lovely and cold…it is incredible! I recommend anyone who is reading this make it. Pappa Hansy is a genius!!!


So my favourite song at the moment is Monster by Kanye West – totally Gangsta!!!

Dinner was also incredible today – chicken curry! As a result I had a massive food baby after dinner so I had to lie down before meditation. After meditation we had a beer at the cafeteria which was very nice and social! I then slept in the Gompa again as mentioned before and fell asleep laughing!

Water in the mouth actually works for crying whilst cutting onions!

The beginnings of the curry



It is sometimes hard for me to remember what I did on certain days here as the days seem to meld together into one concoction of meditating, cooking and other wholesome activities. It not being Thursday as I write this I find it a little harder…but I will do my best to remember the highlights.

So they go a little something like this…Hans made the most amazing eggplant – he made a batter that contained 3 ingredients: eggwhites, a bit of salt and a bit of flour. The eggplant pieces were then dipped in this and deep fried and oh my it tasted incredible.

Another thing exceptional from this day was after meditation we (kitchen team + others) went to the Sangha room and watched Watch Men. We made a huge tub of popcorn and cut up lots of watermelon to enjoy during the movie. It was very relaxing and lots of fun.


After the movie I decided to sleep in the Gompa, I also did this last night (Wednesday). This was a fantastic decision. As soon as I lay down my head I laughed out loud for no apparent reason, I then fell asleep with a huge smile on my face. The same thing happened to me last night (Wednesday)…Wow. Meditation is such a gift.

Baby Aurora

Today I slept in, it was lovely. But as a result I didn’t meditate this morning, this meant that I

Baby Chameleon

decided to do a double a session after lunch, which was very exciting!! We made Goulash for dinner which tasted devine! And we made stir fry for lunch, also very tasty. We eat amazingly here, Hans is a very good head chef – cool, calm, collected and good at cooking!

After dinner Hella and I got a new room mate – the lovely Leoney from Germany. Today was cooler than the other days which was a very pleasant change! Another day in Karma Guen.

Baby Chameleon

Pappa Hans

As the title suggests today was a relaxing day for everyone! I woke up, did a short meditation and went to help in the kitchen as usual. Pappa Hans let me go have a pre-lunch siesta which was very lovely! The rest of the afternoon was spent siestering, meditating and then helping prepare dinner. After dinner it was time to meditate again (the other sessions I did today were very short so I needed to get a good long session into me). After this I listened to music and fell asleep.



It is really funny the music you feel like listening to whilst travelling. For example as soon as I entered Spain I had a craving to listen to Missy Higgins! I haven’t listened to her properly for years and now I am listening to her all the time and it is making me smile and laugh! Random! I wonder who I will become obsessed with next!


Tinto Deberano

Today was Saturday! This meant the students had the day off to relax! This meant that it was time for a fiesta! The afternoon activities began with us catching a bus down to somewhere near Velez-Malaga to a small local go-kart place. A number of people raced around the track for 7 minutes, screeching around corners, bumping into each other, blocking each other and so on. I decided not to participate; I wasn’t in the mood for reckless driving! We then all drove to the beach where activities included: swimming, floating, playing with a small flat ball, talking and so on. It was then time to walk the 100


metres to the beach restaurant where we had dinner. A bunch of Spanish

Road trip!

people came from Granada for the night so there were lots of friends to make and more lovely people to talk too. Dinner was amazing, the fish was so delicious! I had to stop myself from eating it all!

Kagyu's at the beach!

We then drove back to Karma Guen for the fiesta. Jesus, Peter and I sang Elvis Presley and good time oldies on the bus on the way back it was lots of fun!

At a buddhist centre I met Jesus - strange....

We then danced for 4 hours in the cafeteria! It was so good to have a real good old dance! I have never sweated so much in my life (I probably have, but it sounds better to say it like this, so you understand how hot it was). Hot, sweaty and crazy dancing fun! Miguel was making Mojitos in a huge pot, they were delicious! At about 3am the party ended and it was time for sleeping!


Risotto Loretta Style

Could be Hamish at Duffy St

Wild bush woman

Today began a little slower than usual…I didn’t get into the Gompa to meditate until around 9am, but not to worry, I was up in the kitchen with enough time to have  relaxed breakfast of a bread roll with chorizo, cheese and tomato! Loretta was head Chef today as Hans had to go to thie airport to pick up his friend Kim who is very lovely.

So we made risotto and while we made risotto we got an arm work out – we being Henrik, Loretta and myself. Continually stirring 5 kg of rice is not an task for the light handed or should I say light muscles.

The afternoon worked itself out in the usual kind of way with blogging, sleeping, meditating and then sitting outside the kitchen drinking tea and having deep and meaningful talks about life and what not.  Well at least sometimes they are deep and sometimes meaningful, on a good day both, I think today was a good day!

After my walk to the Stupa and a stop on the way down to collect some bush tucker (almonds) it was time to watch the soccer…no sorry, I mean football.


Barcelona vs FC Porto (Portugal). It was lots of fun to watch, but more fun to watch the excited fans sitting with us – like Loretta and Peter for example! Barcelona won 2 – 0 and luckily I had decided they were my team, so a win for me!

Kama Kama Kama Kama Chamelion

Found you!!!!

Yes indeed, its true its true its sunny again oh what to do! Today was another sunny usual day in Karma Guen. Apart from my standard routine of cooking, meditating, relaxing and walking up hills activities included: finding a Chameleon – well actually Jose found the Chameleon, then found me so I could see it, she knows how excited I get! Oh they do make me laugh, the way they move their eyes all around, highly amusing. Miguel came by the kitchen at about one and we had a small glass of beer with him – tough life, working in the kitchen! Miguel is hilarious, he can’t speak any English, grew up here in these mountains, still lives here and calls Jo and I “Kangorita” and Conor “Kangorito” and all of us together “Kangoritas”. His standard greeting is very enthusiastically saying “Kangorita!!!” We made hamburgers for lunch which was exciting and very tasty! After the evening meditation I went to bed – it


was about 10pm, I was very tired, but unfortunately couldn’t get to sleep as it so so hot! Shame really!

Rocky the Friendly

My room mate Hela

Yes, it’s true and I know hard to believe but today was another sunny day in Karma Guen

Hans and I meat tenderising!

Spain. I have forgotten what clouds look like and what cold feels like being here! Today ran according to my new routine – meditating, cooking, sleeping, relaxing, talking and drinking tea!

Spot the snake

Additional things that happened to me today included: snake spotting!!! As I was walking down to my room for my afternoon siesta I spotted a big browny green snake slithering across the road! I got very excited and ran after it, but it ran away from me – fast! I also learnt a handy trick from Miguel in regards to removing ticks – Rocky had a very large tick on her back and all Miguel did to get it off was put olive oil on some paper, rub this around the ticks head and it fell off, just like that, extraordinary!

Stupa watching

The walk up to the Stupa this evening was particularly appreciated. Dinner was very tasty so naturally I ate a lot so a good walk up a steep hill was just what was needed. After that it was time for meditation then quiet time before bed!

The Beach

Because my routine is so flexible today did not go according to my new routine! Today began as usual with meditation, breakfast and tea, but then took a surprising turn! Jo, Connor, Joseline and myself went to the beach! Jo and Connor hired a car, we got the day off kitchen work and headed off after breakfast! We went to Neja, about a half hour drive away! It was very beautiful there and felt so refreshing to go swimming in the Mediterranean ocean – clean, clear, crisp and cool! We spent the best part of the day here diving in and out of the water! A few of Connors Irish friends came to meet us.


We had lunch in a café in town and then headed back to Karma Guen to prepare dinner! After dinner I decided to go on a Chameleon hunt! Not to hunt them obviously, but to find one! To my great luck/skill I spotted a little one sitting on a branch! The cheeky bugger was very amusing as he/she rotated around the branch making it impossible to photograph properly – I had a laugh.

One of Miguels dogs

We then meditated together, hang out at the café and then I went to sleep exhausted!

Jose and Henrik

Today I woke up and decided I wanted to start a bit of a flexible routine for


my time in Karma Guen. The routine went/goes a little something like this: wake up, meditaite, walk up to the kitchen, eat breakfast, help out in the kitchen (washing, cutting, stirring, frying, sorting…) eat lunch, relax (activities include computering, reading, lying in the sun, lying in the shade, talking to people), meditate, help cook and prepare dinner, eat dinner, walk up to the Stupa, walking around Stupa,

The kitchen crew plus Miguel

meditate (16thKarmapa with everyone), relax, have shower and go to sleep. This is pretty much how my day went! It was so fantastic! Other activities include: drinking tea (with


Soya milk, amazing), drinking coffee, having an afternoon beer courtesy of Miguel, sitting around and chatting with the other people here. Also Jo and Connor arrived today so it was really lovely seeing and hanging with them!

Jo and Connor hill climbing

All in all a lovely wholesome start to my new favourite routine!