Suzette Saint-Pierre


Suzette Saint-Pierre

Hey folks,

I've decided to use TravelPOD instead of this site for my blog. Sorry!
Here is the link to the active blog I'm using for Asia '08:


Former TravelPod Member: suzettesp

Joined: January 4th, 2008
From: Massachusetts lives in New York,United States
Profession: Internet Software Project Manager

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 31st 2008

Geo: 37.7792, -122.42Vagabonding -n. (1) The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time. (2) A privately meaningful manner of travel that emphasizes creativity, adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery, independence, realism, self-reliance, and the growth of the spirit. (3) A deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible.---I set out on this trip thinking it'd be a 2-3 month tour of Asia. I didn't buy any tickets in advance; I wanted to buy them as I went to afford me the utmost freedom to change my itinerary and change my length of stay in any given place on a whim. As Rolf put it in his book, "enrich your travels with the vivid joys of uncertainty" viewing vagabonding "not as an escape buy as an adventure and ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 27th 2008

Geo: 37.7792, -122.42Home. Happy. In my city by the bay, seeing the fog, all the individuals walking the sidewalks seemingly each from a different planet steeped in their individuality...letting their carefully curated freak flags fly proud. I love this town. It's so home. Progressive, questioning, stimulated, innovative, inspired, free-thinking...and sunny. It's not a coincidence that it's the first city I've ever moved back to. I lived here for 6 years back in my twenties, and for the first time in my life I think I might be ready to grow some the age of 36, after 19 years of wandering around this planet I'm home. Inside me I have my childhood home in New England, my second home and place of spiritual awakening in Dharmsala, my paradise on earth in Bali, my personal measure of ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston December 17th 2008

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596This is the part of my trip all the Vagabonding/World Traveler books I read a year ago warned me about. No one warned them that the return home was often times the time of the trip that results in the most culture shock. You've been traveling the world, exposed to over-stimulation most every day for months on end. Learned so many different ways to see, feel, do things...are broadened, forever changed, evolved into a new version of yourself. Awake. Alive, and full of the desire to share all the amazing experiences and insights with those that represent where you came from. Here is the issue: they seem so different to you...and you to them. The books I read warned me, but it is still so incredibly jarring to experience the feeling of those closest ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London December 17th 2008

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236Flight delay caused us all to miss our rang a couple old friends to meet me 'round the local pub where we'd hang out most nights when I lived here...hope I'm ok enough to catch my flight in the morning! ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi November 11th 2008

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834Took a puddle jumper from Dharmsala into Delhi today, on the long journey back to the states. Dhonyou took the one hour ride from the village down to the little jet port with me. He is the most outstanding student, teacher, monk, friend, inspiration.....I will miss him dearly, but know that he is forever in my heart. ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala November 5th 2008

Geo: 32.2207, 76.3188 in Dharamsala (H.P.), India from September 30 to October 4: His Holiness will give five-day teachings on Arya Nagarjuna's Commentary on Bodhicitta (jangchup semdrel) and Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa). The teachings are primarily for Chinese Buddhists mainly from Taiwan.Honored to sit in His Holiness' presence again for another teaching...In all 11 days of lecture in the six months I've been living here in 'Little Lhasa'... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala November 1st 2008

Geo: 32.2207, 76.3188photo link: read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala October 26th 2008

Geo: 32.2207, 76.3188, HP, India, 25 October 2008 (Photos by Tenzin Choejor, OHHDL) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Upper Tibetan Children's Village School on the occasion of their 48th anniversary celebrations today. During his address to the public, His Holiness talked about the importance of post-graduate education in specific disciplines, the current situation in Sino-Tibetan relations, and his recent health condition.... read more
His Holiness press photo 2

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala August 19th 2008

Geo: 32.2207, 76.3188Just now while sitting here at the Internet cafe something caught my eye over the top of my monitor, out the open window I saw a monkey running past along the roofs overhang. He jumped to the balcony of the building next door, walked along the top of the railing to an open window, pondered it for a second and then jumped inside. A milisecond later a traditionally dressed Tibetan woman jumped out onto the balcony grabbed the broom there, ran back inside and instantly the monkey was back out on the porch and calmly walking away on the railing again. I wonder how many times a day this woman has to shush the monkeys out of her kitchen....... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala August 13th 2008

Geo: 32.2207, 76.3188I'm teaching English in the monastery in the afternoons to a small class of enthusiastic, and very giggly Tibetan monks. I think I've fallen in love with all of them already. I'm learning so much more than I am teaching them. I ask them so many questions about Buddhist philosophy (which they've all been studying exclusively since childhood) and it's maybe the most beneficial learning I've ever been exposed to. Really, what is more valuable than your own personal well-being? And as the Mahayana Buddhists would say, I've learned, finding inner peace and then sharing it with others. That is the core of the philosophy. More than the idea, is the practice. It feels indescribably good to live in a village where everyone practices compassion, treats you as though you are a trusted, loved ... read more

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