4th November 2014 – Lumbini, Nepal
Gluttony was the sin of the day, as I found lost proteins creeping back.Into a body that the roads had so mercilessly ravaged away.While my carb-goggles clouded my senses and decisions,The lotus and a reflection were the saving grace of the day.
I realised today that I have been doing tired rides for the last few days. So, today was a day to sit back, and relax a bit.
Lumbini may be a Buddhist place, but there are restaurants that serve meat and alcohol pretty much everywhere. The guesthouse that I stayed in had a restaurant the next door, which became my seat for the whole day. I kept gorging on coffee and chicken to gain back some of the weight that I had lost. Which I think, I effectively did.
Only by twilight did I realise that I had not clicked anything yet. So, rode out to see the West monastery zone of Lumbini. On the menu today was Taiwan, France and Austria. Or actually, their monasteries. Among all of them, the Taiwan monastery impressed me. Or wait, it was actually the reflection of the dying sun in one of it’s ponds, that actually impressed me.
That was an inspired moment. Now, back to my chicken stroganoff.