"Yesterday, I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise so I am changing myself" - Rumi
It's been almost 1 year after my last Taiwan escapade and I still haven't uploaded all of my photos! *ok Ray, post with intention, got it! *
What can I say, this adventure served me a lot of life lessons that I didn't expect. I was chasing for Japan supposedly, but I realized through my meditation that it's the journey, not the destination all along.
There's no photo to share, but there's a 'jade-colored buddha' inside the inner temple. Photos are strictly forbidden, even though I have the flexibility to take a peek shot, my gut feel told me not this time, Ray. It was the first experience that I felt like in a trance state, feels like you're facing buddha through the clouds, sitting on lotus position, praying for a wonderful journey, and pull me into the right direction in life. There were nun-like people around giving artificial candles to 'alay' in front of the Buddha. After I finish my piece, I immediately went outside, running, to catch the last few buses going to the main train station.
That was around 5:30pm and I prayed to get home soon. There were 3 people in the shed including myself. All of the buses that went by are all full of passengers. I was getting anxious and worried that I might take the expensive route since public transportations stops around 7pm. Inside my heart, I asked the universe to never leave me alone on this journey. Around 6:10pm, a black-colored taxi stopped by, the taxi driver went outside and told the 3 of us to go inside as he is making his way to Kaoshiung Station. I got relieve that a miracle like that could happen in an instant. We payed around 50-100 NT dollar each and I was grateful to the driver who gave us a ride straight to the station. All of these happened on March 24, just before my birthday.
to be continued... ---
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MARDIN: The Shining City of Mesopotamia-
From Van, Turkey, we took an 8-hour bus to Mardin. It was very enchantingly trip and it goes all the way to the snow-capped mountains and villages covered in snow.
Although it was a pleasing long journey, the bus driver behaved opposite, he was surly and bad-tempered; we ended up being dropped off at the side of the street with all our backpacks where it was unknown for us where to go and where to catch a public transportation to the old city where our accommodation was located. But with the help of the locals, they pointed us to the place where we can take a ride.
We arrived to this old town, with housings inspired by the Ottoman Structures.
Mardin is an enchanting city demonstrating a cultural wealth and architectural heritage passed down through thousands of years.This timeless poetic city created by the delicate spirit of the mason’s hands that gave form to its stones. Revealing the city to be an architectural treasure chest, the golden stone houses, masterfully and elegantly built on the steep slopes, achieve an extraordinary harmony between climate, geography and architecture. The civilisations and culture of thousands of years are reflected in the staircased streets, small squares and the traditional dwellings of the city.
Sunrise was even more fascinating, it feels like we were taken to a time-travel. It was quiet, the streets are silent and all you can hear are clatters from the locals opening their shops ready for a day’s work, and our senses was awaken by the smell of fresh bread from the bakery. For use, this means another day to explore and experience a different kind of Culture in Turkey.-
More about Mardin, it’s bewitching architectures, its civilizations and traces of the first settlements.
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