Francis is more than simply a Jerusalem street name. The Franciscans with their brown robes blend into the white, yellow, or tawny colored Jerusalem stone. As the Franciscans of the Holy Land come from 45 different nations, they themselves exhibit the varied skin color of places all around the globe. The Franciscans are markers of … Continue reading 18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land
Jews of modern Jerusalem are varied. These varied Jews have created a "sacred geography" of Jerusalem. As a traveler, I only see and understand a fraction of their life. Here are some of my impressions of this Jewish geography with its memories and hopes. I have to begin with the Western Wall. One Israeli … Continue reading 17. Modern Jewish Old City Jerusalems
I awake early as usual. Rather than walking before breakfast, I wait and walk after breakfast. Since I am leaving Delhi’s Aerocity Holiday Inn for my flight to Tel Aviv later this afternoon, I decide that I might as well replace my empty roll-on deodorant. In this compact, highly developed area a mile or two … Continue reading 16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?
I gaze at the Wheel of Life mandala, the Bhavacakra, over and over again in Ladakh. Here it is at Hemis; here it is at Thiksey; here it is at Lamayura; here it is at Alchi. Like a Greek Orthodox Church with required placement of specific Biblical figures on the iconostasis, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery … Continue reading 15. Everywhere a Wheel of Life Mandala
Before I arrive in Ladakh, I am apprehensive. For an ole’ fogey like me, I can not ignore the altitude of 11,000 feet. Don, a friend in Atlanta, even emailed me the Mayo Clinics treatment for high altitude sickness. I plan on slowing down and acclimatize myself to the high altitude for the first … Continue reading 14. A Tree Planting, a Conversation, and an Employee
Over thirty years ago, I rode a Honda motorcycle. While I had no cross-country adventures, I frequently made roundtrips of 200 mile. Since I didn’t have much money, I found the bike cheap and fun, especially in the autumns and springs. Slightly behind or contemporaneous with James Dean, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper, I probably … Continue reading 13. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Tibetan Buddhists
When I travel, I remember two things. Since I travel alone, I remember to initiate conversations. If I don’t attempt conversations, then traveling solo would be very lonely. Since I love taking photos and often get mesmerized by what I see, I must remember to ask myself: “What don’t I see?” With these two reminders, … Continue reading 12. Where Are the Hindus in Leh?
Family histories are complicated as evidenced by my family history and Mary, my wife's, family history. Regarding my family history, Chuck and Donna, my brother and sister-in-law, and Charles, Susan, and Melinda, my cousins, helped me recall parts of our family history. On my father’s “Lindquist” side, my Swedish great- grandfather came to this country … Continue reading 11. Tibetan Buddhists in Diaspora
Even though I only have access to the surface features of Ladakh life, I find it fascinating. Here are some of the faces, posters, and signs that I see while walking the streets of Leh and visiting sites in Ladakh. I’ll begin with the kids. While this may not be the best photo of … Continue reading 10. Faces, Posters, and Signs of Leh and Ladakh
Nobody today is a William Moorcroft. After establishing a “hospital for horses” in London, the first veterinary college, and acquiring four patents for making horseshoes, Moorcroft became a veterinary surgeon of the British East Indian Company. In India, Moorcroft traveled to Tibet and then, with George Tredback, traveled and lived in Ladakh for two years … Continue reading 9. What if William Moorcroft Returned Today? Ladakh’s Landscape: Physical, Cultural, and Religious