I am so grateful that I had the chance to explore Tiananmen Square in Beijing–visiting many historic sites in China in the lead up to the country’s celebration of its 70th anniversary on October 1st…
Right this way
Bring a friend
Summer Palace in Beijing
Such a joy to visit the Tower of Buddhist Incense in Beijing at the Summer Palace–here are some photos from that corner of the Palace’s sprawling gardens and grounds.
What a view
Beauty in Beijing
Tower of Buddhist Incense
Spice Magic in China
A colleague in China invited me to enjoy Indian food with him and I am glad he did–so fun to have my favorite vegetarian dishes while on the road in China.
It was hard to choose from the menu (so many good options), so we also got dishes to take back with us and put in the fridge for the coming days.
Eating out in China
We also got to meet the manager who is our contact for delivery–fun to explore Indian food and learn more about the Indian community in China.
Anubis at the gate
My travel companion and partner-in-crime, Anubis (who is sweet sixteen), recently flew with me from New York to China–via South Korea.
Anubis in South Korea
Anubis has lived in Beirut (he was there through over 20 bombs) and the Sultanate of Oman, so he has quite alot of travel (and life!) experience. He really is a jet-set chihuahua! I was so proud of him for doing so well on the flight to South Korea, and we got very good and attentive care in the airport to help us make the last leg to China. It felt so great to finally land in China with Anubis and my wheelchair (and me) in one piece–many thanks to Air Asiana for making it all possible!
Anubis lands in China
Buddhist temple in Mongolia
My Mongolian colleagues took me to this Buddhist temple in Mongolia (and others) to speak with the monks about philosophy, suffering, and other topics of interest. I was grateful that they were so welcoming and appreciated their wisdom and insights. They were preparing for a big ceremony the next day, so they kindly let us watch their preparations for the initiation rites.
Welcome to the Temple
Morning in the monastery
New statues rising
Speaking with monks
Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia
Apadana at Persepolis
Always grateful every time I get to visit the breathtaking site of Persepolis in the Islamic Republic of Iran–and this time I did it in my body brace!
Back to latte life
After weeks on the road in remote areas of Mongolia far from the capital (had to take a flight to even start our epic research journey), we returned to the capital and the comforts of bougie life in Ulaanbaatar.
I visited calligraphers to help design my new tattoos–and walked away with three new unique designs for my return to New Haven.
Shopping in Mongolia
I also went shopping and bought a number of t-shirts with Mongolian calligraphy on them–having been immersed in Mongolian on the road, it was a way to take those memories back home with me in fashion. I survived on the road on instant ramen noodles (and often without showering), so it felt wonderful to eat at my favorite restaurants in the capital and indulge in gourmet coffee after weeks of Nescafe!