Ok, this is not going to be the post I planned, mostly coz I’m on a computer older than Jesus, typing on a weird keyboard that has the Z where the Y should be and vice versa, and where you have to use the shift key to put a ‘ symbol, on a neolithic version of windows where everything is in German, connecting up to the internet using what I can only imagine is steam power. Oh, and there’s no USB port so there won’t be any pictures either.
Some of you are laughing. Yes, I’m starting to see the drawbacks of The Cloud now. I already plan on buying an iPad/netbook when I get back.
So I’m in Austria. Been here for about 4 days now (got here on the 1st). It’s absolutely gorgeous round here. We’re in the Alps, literally, so there are some stunning views. The weather’s nice thankfully, it threated to get very cold and rainy when I arrived, and the ashram itself is very peaceful and a nice place to stay.
There are 91 of us on this course, a good 60% of which are German. The rest are English speaking, but there’s only about half a dozen Brits (and the most Irish guy I’ve ever met) here. I’m bunked in a dorm, which is actually just a largeish room with matressess on the floor, with 8 other guys. It’s already getting a bit ripe and there’s still 26 days to go!
It’s taken me a few days to get in the swing of things. What with all the rushing about last week I didn’t get to do much practice, so I was stiff as. But I think I’m doing ok now. Still a long way to go before I’m back where I was, but at least I’m getting somewhere.
The food is thankfully superb. And a lot of it is vegan (they do a great job of marking everything as ‘vegan’ or ‘nicht vegan’) though I do have to skip pudding quite often. Not such a bad thing when you consider my belly (don’t actually consider my belly, it’s not a pretty thought).
The karma yoga I’ve been given to do is easy enough. I work the sound system for the afternoon lecture and the Satsang. It’s a little frustrating because it’s a technical job and I was hoping to get away from all that, but still, it’s just for a few weeks, so I think I can handle it.
So, the yoga is ok, the food is good, the staff are lovely (of course), the location is fabulous, the internet sucks, the homework is easy, and I’m learning loads. All in all it’s going good so far.
I’m going to try and find a way I can get some pictures online, otherwise you’ll just have to wait until I get back to the UK at the end of November. There’ll be more posts to come at least, as I progress along the course, so keep an eye out for those.
Catch zou all later. 😉