Up at 4 am (still cannot believe that myself)
We had a bus 🚌 ride and then walked back to the banks of the Ganges. Got on a boat 🚣♀️ and went down the Ganges to watch the sunrise ☀️. Many Indians bathe in the Ganges at sunrise as they believe that it cleanses their bodies. We had a teaching on the 4th Chakra(heart) on the Ganges and performed a ritual of releasing flowers 💐 on the river. Saw where funeral ships 🚢 were prepared on the banks of the river.
Went back to the hotel for breakfast 🥞 then checked out and went to visit Sarnoff. This was where the first Buddha taught his 4 friends. Walked around the temple and had a teaching under an old Bohdi tree.
Went back to Varanasi airport for the trip back to New Delhi and then Beijing. In New Delhi, we stayed in a day room where we could shower and nap before our 3 am flight to Bejing. We arrived in Beijing at about noon and had lunch at the Hotel.
Went for a walk and talk with Dawa and went back to the Hotel for a quick nap before dinner. While meditating/napping I had my first profound experience feeling energy moving around my body, especially in my stomach. I had been having stomach issues in India and I felt a real “warming” in my stomach which became the basis for my powerful digestive system (PDS). Mind over my stomach!
Dinner at the Hotel and then rest and recuperation for the next day.
Arrived at the Hotel in Varanasi at around 1 pm. Time for lunch and a quick nap 😴 and then left for a festival on the banks of the Ganges. Took a bus ride and then a 45-minute Tuk-tuk ride to the banks of the Ganges. The only rule of the road seems to be that “there are no rules” it is amazing to see bikes 🚲, mopeds 🏍 , and cars 🚗 coming towards and around you within touching distance. Just trusted our driver and everything was fine.
The ceremony that we watched was great. All the senses were activated. I meditated and watched and there was so much going on that it was almost sensory overload. Very spiritual event. Went back to the hotel for dinner.
In the morning we went to the museum of the Holocaust, in Yad Vashem. Over 6 million jews including 1,500 children were slaughtered by the nazis. The museum was a sobering experience, listening to the real-life accounts of how people had survived or had family members who didn’t survive.
It is unbelievable that one person could have caused so much anguish and suffering to a whole race of human beings. The rest of the world needs to be constantly reminded of what ” corrupted power” can do. Yad Vashem would be a great field trip for all middle school students in the USA to see firsthand the atrocities that were committed during WW2. This would then ensure that the Holocaust would not be forgotten for generations to come.
We then flew from Tel Aviv to Istanbul. The next flight was a 6-hour flight to New Delhi, where we arrived at 3 am on Thursday 23rd. We then took an internal transfer to Varanasi, arriving at about 11 am.
Went to the wailing wall and pushed our prayers into cracks in the wall. 2/3 of the wall is for men and 1/3 for women. Swallows were flying around the wall and the guide said he had never seen that many before. Meditated at the wall and felt an energy coming from it.
Drove to Masada which was the last Jewish stronghold from the Romans. The survivors ended up taking their own lives rather than being slaves to the Romans. Have to watch the movie 🎥 starring Peter O’Toole to catch up with all the history surrounding the stronghold. It was a 400 m cable car ride. The view from the top was breathtaking and it was amazing 😉 to think 🤔 that the Jews held out for 3 years before they breached the wall.
Drove to the Dead Sea where we had the opportunity to float. There are 10 times more minerals in the Dead Sea than any other natural water 💦 on the earth 🌏. We caked ourselves in mud from the sea and relaxed 😎 for a couple of hours. I can already see an improvement in the hard skin on my right foot. Much smoother.
Drove back to Jerusalem for a teaching on the 3rd Chakra, solar plexus. Realized that the blame that I associate when things go wrong is because the 3rd Chakra is not fully activated. May be why I experience so much stomach pain.
Had dinner and packed
Travel day from Cairo to Amman Jordan 🇯🇴. Kathryn had an amazing 😉 cultural experience with a group of Iraqi women in the restroom 🚽 at Amman airport. They were showing her what was under their Burkas and in an amazing 😉 gesture 🤟 of generosity they gave Kathryn and Tina a ring each.
Left Amman for Tel Aviv on a Boeing 787-8. First time on that airplane ✈️ as a passenger. We make the nacelles for that airplane ✈️.
Arrived Tel Aviv at 6:30 pm. Drove directly to Mt Zion hotel Jerusalem. Ate dinner 🥘 at the hotel.
We started off in Memphis which was the ancient capital of Egypt 🇪🇬. Saw a huge sculpture of Rameses ll and numerous statues and carvings of the ancient god “Ptah”.
Then went to an amazing site near Sakura. There is a whole excavation site at Serapeum which words cannot adequately describe. Somehow 27 granite and Diorite(10 times stronger than granite) sarcophagi were built in an underground limestone cavern that is 400m long. The granite and diorite are only found 800km away from Sarapeum. The lines and geometry of the sarcophagi provide an interesting challenge to Archeologists. They know that 4 to 5 thousand years ago the ancient Egyptians had the knowledge to create these vast sarcophagi however the actual “how” they were constructed remains a mystery. At Serapeum we meditated with the lights off. I could feel the vastness of the caverns and some sort of energy down there. I also felt like a small piece of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle called the “universe”.
Had lunch at an amazing restaurant right across from the Spinx and the 3 pyramids of Giza. Walking into and up the big pyramid with low ceilings on the passageways and 103-degree heat was a real experience. Did an amazing 😉 meditation 🧘♀️ at the top of the pyramid with the lights out and only our group of 22 there.
Stopped at an Egyptian cotton store on the way back to the hotel. Then watched Man United lose the FA cup final (not fun). However, had a shot of tequila and tried the “Hookah” for the first time. I will not be doing it again.
Went for lunch at a restaurant in Cairo then spent some time at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Learned a lot about old Egyptian pharaohs and saw the tomb of tut-en-Karmen and all the jewels 💎 from the solid gold sarcophagus. Toured the mummy room and totally amazed at how the bodies have been so well preserved for over 3500 years. Hair and teeth are clearly visible.
Wandered around an Egyptian bazaar and stopped off at a jewelry store where Kathryn bought a silver cartouche thumb ring.
Spent the night time cruising the Nile and watching a show involving Egyptian male dancers and belly dancing.
We had a 1.5-hour ride to the Serengeti airport. On the way to the airport, we saw an Ostrich, so we managed to see all the animals that we expected to see on this trip with the exception of a Cheetah. Got on a “crop duster ” – Cessna 208 I think 🤔 with 12 seats 💺.
The plane was so small that I was literally bent over double getting to my seat. We had a 1-hour flight which I had to meditate through (with help from Bev, many thanks). I kept my eyes closed for most of the flight. I only opened them at the end for a quick glance at Mount Kilimanjaro from 30,000 feet.
We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport, repacked our baggage, and flew to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Flew on an A350 for the first time. We then flew from Addis Ababa to Cairo, Egypt on a 737Max, before all the issues were discovered.
We arrived at around 2 am, got our bags 💼 back, and went through customs, then arrived at the Marriott hotel at 4 am.