From the German Ashram, we went to Hamburg, which is one of the prettiest cities i have ever been to. It oozes charm and beauty. The weather was perfect. Deep blue skies and an abundance of trees and lakes. Hamburg actually has more bridges than Venice!
The sun sets very late in the evening here and when i asked what time the satsang was, a volunteer replied 7:00 in the afternoon 🙂
Guruji enthralled everyone by speaking in fluent German for the first 10ish minutes! Christoph who was translating, first translated Guruji’s german into English my mistake 🙂 Even he was quite surprized.
Then we went on to Berlin for another satsang, where we met up with Amit and Seema. They were thrilled to see us and we spent quite some time with them. There was an event with Guruji at the Indian Embassy for which we went and then another one to which dinesh and i did not have passes to go to… so, we went and did a bit of sightseeing and shopping and of course sampling the local pizza which was delicious! 🙂
There was a brilliant toy shop in Berlin where i got a few more board games to add to our collection and some cool toys for aarman, ahun and bhuvana. There was another superb shop that sold everything handcrafted out of wood… very cute, lovingly made old world style toys.
We may be having Art of Living’s 30th year celebrations (next year) at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin… nothing is really fixed yet, but it has high chances that it may happen there, possibly sometime in June.
We stayed at a very modern hotel in Berlin. All severe minimalistic lines and decor. The one huge thing i liked about that hotel though was a fish tank! It was 7 floors high, right in the middle of the hotel above the reception, and had a million litres of water in it! 🙂 Schools of beautiful fish swam around in it and looking at it was most relaxing. Looking at this beauty, again i wondered how people can be so cruel as to want to eat these lovely creatures… The morning we left, there were 2 scuba divers in it, scrubbing the glass, cleaning the tank up from inside 🙂
Too soon, it was time for a long drive from Berlin to Frankfurt. Andreas drove us almost non stop all the way, about 6 hours through the night… In Frankfurt we stayed for a few hours at Gunther’s beautiful home, before leaving for the airport to get on the plane to Bangalore. Guruji was on the same flight and we met up with Him on the plane. I got to spend a few hours with Him … and the 9 hour flight was over almost before i realized it…
We took some time clearing immigration, customs and waiting for all our luggage, Guruji went on ahead to meet the people outside the airport. In a bit, we met up with dad and so many others who had come to receive Guruji… who then waited back to receive us 🙂
Went home, met mom and everyone else and then finally reached our real Home – Our beloved Bangalore ashram … just driving in through the ashram gates felt so good… and snuggling into my bed with my own pillows was such a treat!
Europe was fantastic… but nothing beats coming back Home!!