Traveling is something that needs to be shared, to enjoy new discoveries with friends, and to warn against unpleasant surprises of which there can be many. I particularly enjoy seeing new landscape, scenery, nature and the natural beauty of open spaces and mountains.
I don't search out new foods and culinary exotica. I do enjoy a good meal and new flavours - but only if I can recognize what I am eating.
Learning new things, experiencing new situations and meeting people with completely different points of view and perspectives is the essential treasure gained through travel.
July 12th 2012
I had a very relaxing morning before heading to the Chengdu Airport. Both Adha and Sonam accompanied me out to see me off. The flght was uneventful, which means a good flight. The meal O.K. The flight arrived in Hong Kong on time despite being 45 minutes late in leaving Chengdu. I only have two hours between flights this time. I usally leave more time. Two hours doesn't give much time when the arrival gate and departure gate are at opposite ends of the Hong Kong airport. It is a little bit like Denver if you know what I mean. The Wing lounge is open after months of renovations. I have been informed that they have upgraded me to Business Class because it is a full flight. Ya really have to like Cathay! They take care ... read more
July 10th 2012
It was a late morning. I didn't get up until 9:00, but I didn't go to bed until 2:00. I was busy finishing an article for publication. Hopefully this is the last short article. It has really been a lot of work. Today I have only one meeting at 2:00 and of course at the favorite tea shop. He is a Tibetan art historian and very knowledgable. Yesterday was busy all day with either working or talking about art, artists, History or religion. I can't believe my time in Chengdu is nearly over. The city and environment is the closest I have ever come to feeling like I was still in Vancouver. Strange I know! Even though last summer at the University was extremely successful, this year was even more successful - although harder with less ... read more
July 7th 2012
Yak Yoga & Sacred Tibetan Juggling Monkeys: You too can learn to perform the very secret millennium old Tibetan Buddhist Yak Yoga! Courses are starting soon. Sign up now and receive the bonus offer of the additional training in the very rare and esoteric instructions on how to train monkeys to juggle cherry snow cones! *All instruction and supplementary course materials are included and will be provided by the expert staff. *Participants are required to bring (1) one yoga mat and (2) provide their own yak. Domesticated yaks are permissible with prior approval of the course leader. Both dri and dzo are not expectable according to the strict rules of the ancient tradition. *For those participants also registered for the Monkey Juggling a medical waiver is required and proof of pre-emptive rabies vaccine inoculation. Snow cones ... read more
July 4th 2012
Class at the University last night went very well with a number of really good questions at the end. Post class, I made it across the river to the Shangrila Hotel to meet up with friends. I enjoyed a really wonderful grilled chiken sandwich and an Irish draft beer - Kilkenny. It wasn't a late night and I was back at the apartment by 11:20. Today, up early and out the door. A group of us from the University were again going through the storage collection of the Sichuan Provincial Museum. It was really a lot of fun. The art that stands out for me are the four paintings sets of Gesar Life Story (which is now published), the Panchen Lama Incarnation Set, a set of Sakya Lamdre Lineage Paintings and a set of Eighty-four Mahasiddhas ... read more
July 3rd 2012
Tonight is the second to last class, but an important class anyway. All the classes are important when teaching a system for learning a subject. The weather hasn't changed much excpet it was quite cool last night. I used two blankets when I slept. I managed to get some work done this morning but mostly was answering phone calls. The weekend and Monday were very productive and I was able to get most of the class preparation and student handouts done well in advance of the classes. All in all it was a relaxing weekend with quality tea shop time included. I have a friend visiting from California for a few days and that is very nice and a pleasant change. While waiting for the computer to come up and the internet I have just leared ... read more
June 29th 2012
Well, the day started off kind of dark and just continued to get darker. Now it has started to rain. Not a big rain, just a light rain with occaisional gusts of wind. Although cool, very cool for Chengdu. Some people might be inclined to wear a sweater or light jacket. An umbrella is certainly a required companion. I had some images to upload which I thought were kind of fun, and wanted to share, but I still haven't mastered the iPad app for uploading images to the Travelblog website. This post is a further experiment in the mastery of iPad and app technology. A rare and exotic field indeed! It is Friday and I was hoping for a free day to be able to catch up on writing. Unfortuneatly that is not to be. I ... read more
June 28th 2012
Thursday again and back at the University preparing for class. Yesterday was somewhat relaxed with a lot of writing and preparing. The only reason there is so much to do is because I have never taught this subject in this way before. Previously it has only been one or two lectures on Tibetan Painting style, never an entire course trying to cover all the important aspects in detail and everything else briefly. Most of the preparation is downloading and organizing the 50 to 100 slides that I typically use for a two hour lecture. Like last week, I am already, again, looking forward to the weekend. The class on Tuesday night went very well with over a 100 students in attendance. The lecture was in a different room which I was a little worried about. It ... read more
June 26th 2012
Tuesday has come round once again and I find myself at the University sitting in my cubicle preparing the student handouts for tonights lecture and organizing the images into some sort of order. But..... ...Friday, Saturday and Sunday were busy days with lots of writing. I had five short articles I had to complete, 1000 words or more each. They were actually all due last Thursday, but that was impossible with class Tuesday and Thursday nights, class preparation, and then spending time in storage at the Sichuan Museum on Wednesday. The write ups were time consuming because of the amount of research and fact checking involved. Also a great deal of time over the weekend was taken up with designing and creating visual charts and diagrams for the student handouts for Tuesday nights class. All of ... read more
June 21st 2012
This must be getting pretty monotonous for most readers. Yes, the weather is grey and cloudy again! There is also some rain. Back at the university things are quiet. Most people are still at lunch. That's what they tell me anyway. I still have some preparation for tonights lecture, but not too much. The material and subject tonight will again involve a lot of looking and less thinking. The thinking can come after. Yesterday was busy with the morning taken up by the Sichuan Museum and their collection of approximatley 300 paintings. I saw some interesting things and one historically important inscription on the back of a painting. Apparently the painting was consecrated by none other than Kathog Tsewang Norbu the great scholar and diplomat of the 18th century. There are still many more paintings to ... read more
June 19th 2012
iPad Applications for the Road (Traveling): Part 1 The Small mobile touch screen computer tablet (pad) is a powerful tool and a wonderful thing. If the HP professional model had been marketed differently in 2003 the world might be a different place now. However, what we have currently is a slew of brands and models with the IPad apparently being the most popular and useful at this time (June 2012). There are really three reasons why you would want to buy a tablet or IPad (other than perceived status, or the rarified ’Apple’ status). The first reason for purchase is for wanting to use the internet and communicating, i.e. email, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. The second reason is for games, games, and more games. The third reason is to be productive, creative and self directed. Almost a ... read more