wander with Jennifer & Daniel


August 2016

Bodhgaya – How to Accelerate Enlightenment for Everyone

Bodhgaya – the Bodhi tree in Gaya, India – where the Buddha achieved enlightenment – is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Buddhists. The highlight here is visiting the great Mahabodhi Temple complex, a giant stupa monument surrounding the Bodhi Tree. According to the Buddhists, any prayers, meditation and positive or negative karmic activities that you do in Bodhgaya are multiplied eight times (8x!) – this means that coming to Bodhgaya to practice is a very, very special activity. Continue reading “Bodhgaya – How to Accelerate Enlightenment for Everyone”


Old Delhi, New Delhi – neither what we imagined

If you are traveling internationally, it’s difficult to bypass Delhi even if you tried. Friends and strangers seemed leery about Delhi, but perhaps that is why we enjoyed it and were surprised and deeply moved by some of the sights we found, food we tasted and people we met along the way. Continue reading “Old Delhi, New Delhi – neither what we imagined”

Animal encounters in Jaipur

Out of the various places we visited in India, Jaipur seemed to offer the most free and amazing animal encounters – just out in the street walking around! All you have to do is just show up, keep yours eyes open and sometimes just get out if the way. Here are a few favorite moments. Continue reading “Animal encounters in Jaipur”

Jaipur – Painted Elephants, Camels, Sacred Cows, Rainbow Fabrics

Daniel dreamed of being inside a National Geographic-type photo scene and so, we found ourselves in Jaipur – entryway to Rajasthan, India. All the things you think of when you imagine being in India are here and some things you wouldn’t imagine – cows walking in the middle of traffic, camels walking down the street, monkeys climbing electric wires, painted elephants walking in wedding parades, lively markets of dramatic patterns and colorful fabrics, ancient and elaborate temples and palaces – basically – Jaipur delivers. Continue reading “Jaipur – Painted Elephants, Camels, Sacred Cows, Rainbow Fabrics”

Guide to staying at Amritapuri – Amma’s Ashram

There is not much information online about staying at Amma’s (the hugging saint’s) ashram Amritapuri in Kerala, India. It can be an intimidating experience for those who are curious and want to visit. I was shocked that more than half the people I met at the ashram who were international visitors did not know anything about Amma or ashram life but were somehow drawn there. Here are the details we wish we had… Continue reading “Guide to staying at Amritapuri – Amma’s Ashram”

Fort Cochin and Amma – the Hugging Saint

Nothing can really prepare you for the first time you step foot in India. You may see charming movies, read books about it, practice yoga – but India is a whole different world unto itself. Like a lazy tiger, or a wild, painted elephant, or perhaps like a Hindu deity with multiple arms whirling through the atmosphere. It’s dirty, it’s colorful, it’s crazy, it’s like nothing you could ever put into words, but we’ll try …  Continue reading “Fort Cochin and Amma – the Hugging Saint”

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