Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pune to Portland

When in India, I read Indian authors.  This time it was Chitra Banerjee, One Amazing Thing and Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies and The Glass Palace.  Toward the end of my stay, I traded books with my friend Elise and, for a change of pace, I read Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over.  A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys.  It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness.  A journey is a person in itself: no two are alike.  And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.  We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip: a trip takes us…….......…..Maybe understanding is possible only after.”   
~ Steinbeck

After a mere 36 hours from door to door I arrive home.

During my last flight from Seattle to Portland all the mountains from Baker to Bachelor stood highlighted by the sunshine to welcome me home.  Our moist, verdant city feels comforting…………….ah, back to my own bed!

Practice Tip for just about anyone:
Make it a habit of putting yourself in unfamiliar positions and situations.  Observe your reactions, resistances and insights.  Does it change you?
Asana, life, asana, life.


  1. Welcome home! I was just thinking yesterday, "I'll bet Julie's home now, or soon!"

  2. Thanks for all the pictures and yoga tips. Glad you are back safely!

  3. Hi Julie, Beautiful pictures! I love Portland (and have never been to Pune) :)

    I wanted to answer your question about the Bon Appetit cover. No, I didn't make that recipe simply because I'm going through Fine Cooking now and it has four different lamb recipes that I want to make. I'm glad it worked so well for you though! If I ever go back (and I do visit my magazines again and again), I'll look into that recipe for sure.