Posted on April 12, 2011 by Lydia
Travel account of Laura’s trip
to India, February-March 2011
(written by Lydia, Laura’s Mum)
For this travel account, we showed our pictures to Laura. What Laura said during the trip or afterwards as comment to the photos is marked in blue.
27th Feb 2011, 10.50 am
I slept well
We’re back in the airport, for a
domestic flight this time. We adjusted
our outfit a bit. That little effort is
always greatly appreciated in India (no
bare shoulders, legs or cleavage etc)
(to adjust or not to adjust, that’s a story which doesn’t belong in the context of this travel account)
Marie is taking care of the check-in. She gets compliments for her sari. People are asking whether she’s perhaps attending a wedding. Well, yes and no, but that story is too long and complicated to share with them.
flying again but this time I will take care to liven things up a bit
What would Laura mean by that?
I didn’t want to keep still but I had to and I listened and I was a very good girl
Laura has a seat next to Marie and by the window. She’s very agitated and the seat is being tested for its swinging qualities. Luckily, no-one is sitting behind her.
my window looked just the same but I didn’t dare to look for long
Here a view on ‘Marina Beach’. It is
indeed not Laura’s window on this photo,
but mine – Lydia, Laura’s Mom and
photographer – that’s why Laura says
here window ‘looked just the same’. She
doesn’t cease to amaze me, this here is
a small example.
Landed safely in Trichy, the propeller has stopped.
in the airport bus it’s already very hot
Some years ago the conveyer belt for luggage in Tiruchirappali Airport was just a wooden board on two trestles and a rack on wheels under a corrugated roof. Now the whole building is brand new and enormous.
The road to Fatimanagar is unrecognizable. There’s a new highway and newly put up concrete walls, a success story of Indian infrastructure.
I have to see where I am because everything looks different
This Ashram gate is new for Laura
To come in the Ashram has something unreal. To never see Swami walking here again with our daily eyes, is very strange.
27th Feb 2011
Swami’s body lies in a glass bier in the pooja hall/temple
28th Feb 2011 Mahasamadhi ceremony
The last two pictures are not mine. I
didn’t make pictures of the Samadhi
ceremony (we were asked not to – because
then hundreds of people stick up their
little cameras or perhaps start to push
or crowd) but a report was made
afterwards. Very special. You can read
Swamiji’s life story on the official Sri
1st March 2011
I had nice food from home
Is there anything else you want to say?
Your dreams, can you say something about that?
I dream a lot but I only remember them for as long as I need to and then I let them go again
Can you tell us what your dreams are?
I do not tell them because that is not possible
our bathroom was fun
because I like taking showers
Our first room was a ‘cubicle’, a room
inside a larger building, separated from
the other rooms by walls but sharing the
same common roof.
Tore is a big friend of mine
10 days left and many an adventure!!