Monday, July 28, 2008

Short Aussie Trip

Namaste to you all,
through my travels around the web I came across this little message. Hope you enjoy it, as I have.

May all my wishes come true.
May all my suffering come to the end.
May all my happiness be fulfilled.

May all wishes of people I love come true.
May all sufferings of people I love come to the end.
May all happiness of people I love be fulfilled.

May all wishes of people I hate come true.
May all suffering of people I hate come to the end.
May all happiness of people I hate be fulfilled.

May all wishes of people who hate me come true.
May all sufferings of people who hate me come to the end.
May all happiness of people who hate me be fulfilled.

May all wishes of all living things come true.
May all sufferings of living things come to the end.
May all happiness of living things be fulfilled.


I wanted my two Catalan companions to experience
as much of the Australian culture as possible.
Part of that culture (for good or bad) is drinking copious amounts alcohol. So first stop was a famous pub on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

As you can see Aussies certainly have some strange terms for things.

I tried to take Antoni out in the bush to see his first kangaroos
in the wild. It didn't happen. Then when we arrived at my parents
place, they said: "Oh!, just go down to the University; their are there all the time".
So we did and here we are, a family of kangaroos.

This was taken in the rainforest, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

Finally after a few days we arrived on Fraser Island. I believe that to really
see this big, rugged country of ours, 'four wheel drives' are a must. There's endless beaches
and rainforest all around Australia.

One of the local inhabitants....yes! it's a dingo.

There were heaps of beautiful forests all over Fraser, certainly great for tree

Our first night on Fraser Island. Antoni had never had roasted
marshmallows, so he was like a little kid who'd just been let loose in
a candy store.

Some of the wildlife on Fraser.

Some more wildlife of Fraser, probably one of the most beautiful
creatures that I've ever seen in the wild...he he
This is my beautiful partner Elisenda.

This is Orchid Beach. I felt it was the best place on the island.
We were very fortunate, we were the only ones camping on the whole
beach, ahhh!... paradise.

After a few days on Fraser we took my car back to Brisbane
and hired a van to take us to Cairns. What a ride!, hardly anything worked
on it and by the time we got to Cairns, we thought we'd have to push it
for the last fifty kilometres. In a way it made the trip more fun (in a testing kind of way).

We stopped in a place where I lived sixteen years ago. It's called Bowen. At that
time I felt it had some of the best beaches in Queensland,
and it still has. Its one of the only places I've revisited that hasn't
changed too much.

Another friend we spotted along the way. I haven't seen an echidna for a long time.

We stopped in a few more places on the way up. We finally arrived
in Cairns. A lady told us to go to a special animal park just outside
of the city. What a great place! I know its not as good as the wild,
but Antoni only had a few days left so I thought it would be better
to see some of the animals that he hadn't seen before. It was my first
time ever to see a baby koala. Boy, they are cute.

This strange looking bird is a Cassowary. It's almost alien-like.

We went on a boat ride and feed some of the locals. Crocodiles are everywhere
around the northern end of Australia.

Ahhh... one back for the humans. Don't worry! There were no animals
harmed in this photo, it was already dead... Its a baby
crocodile we found on a beach.

As I said once to an english friend of mine in India: "if the spiders don't kill you
inside the house, the snakes will kill outside of your house.
Up this way, if the crocs don't kill you and if the deadly stingers don't
kill you, the sharks will!", and now, an added danger: the deadly out!!!

Waiting for the plane to go back home, what a trip...

The only picture of the trip home...

Ahhh.... back in Byron Bay.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Still Alive

Namaste to you all, friends, family and to everyone else. Yes I'm still alive, (to all of you out there that I haven't returned phone calls, emails etc, etc, don't take it personally) it's been along time since my last post. There's lots of stories about why I haven't posted anything on blogger for seven months (boy where did that go?) or sent out a newsletter, but they're only stories. Today is another day and now is all we have.

What a roller coaster of a ride it's been this year, as life always is(and if it's not, maybe you should, get in a carriage and take a seat and let go). Well I'll keep it short, changed jobs a few times, was going to sail a yacht back from the Virgin Islands, to Australia for six months. Then it got called off, so I made other plans, then it was back on again, I was couple of days off, ready to fly out to America, then it fell through again(talk about up, down, in, out and even upside down, he he). Then out of the blue, in all of this mayhem, I met the love of my life, the angel that maybe I've been waiting for all my life.

I have been blessed to have met her, for how ever long it lasts, as I've thought to my self, no matter what happens for the rest of my life, I will always remember that I have had, the experience of loving someone, with all my heart and soul and feeling that love returned to me. Some people don't get to experience this divine love, in a whole lifetime and for a while there I thought I was going to be one of them, now I know I've been fully blessed, this lifetime.

I did get a chance to go on a road trip up the east coast of Australia, which was a fascinating experience, I'll post some pictures of my journey, soon. I realised on the trip how I'd forgotten how spectacular this country is, which also brought in gratitude again, for me, because I'd lost it over the past few years, about Australia.

In all that I have experienced over the past seven months, one thing I've come to understand of myself, is that I've realised and understood fully, about the law of attachment. When things were coming my way and going again, I seemed to not be to effected by what was happening around me. Some of these things could have been life changing experiences or a once in a lifetime experience, through it all I just accepted what ever happens, happens for a reason and I mean everything that happens to us on this earth, no matter how trivial we think it is, has a deep reason and hopefully an understanding of ourselves.

Now for some reason, the big ones, I breezed through, I wish I could say the same for the little one's. Boy have fallen for alot of illusions and tests, that have presented themselves in my day to day life. I'm fully aware of how I've been reacting to certain people and events in my life, though for some reason, I have felt stuck and not been able to rise above it. Oh well, it's time to remember what I already know and that is, as I've said many times, everybody, every experience has a gift for us, if we want to blame, be the victim, then the lesson is not learned. Hence the lesson will present itself again and again. Each time in a different body, a different set of circumstances, there's no hiding from it, it will inevitably come into your life, no matter what, SO LEARN.

I was reminded a few months ago, by a friend, about the old saying, 'you know what makes god/goddess laugh the most? when we make plans'. I looked back again over my life and could see, that when my mind made plans, that what I thought was for my highest good, they never materialised. So I guess the key is, to put out to the universe, what you would like to have come into your life and not be attached to the outcome or if it doesn't eventuate, just move on.

Now on a completely different subject, I can highly recommend the CD 'Ma Fleur' by the group Cinematic Orchestra. It's a wonderful CD, maybe not every ones cuppa tea, but it's the best album I've heard in along time.

So now that I'm back online, I'll be placing posts and newsletters as I used to. Many blessings to you all and to the path that you choose.