El Árbol del Tule (large tree in the back) is a tree located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world 🌎 .
The age is unknown, but estimates say 1,200 to 5,000 years old, but the tree is slowly dying because it’s roots have been damaged due to pollution.
El Tule is definitely a site to see if you are ever in Oaxaca, Mexico 🇲🇽
Do you like Potatoes? Who doesn’t right? Did you see the above picture properly? It’s made in, with and full of Potatoooes! It’s a Turkish specialty, called Kumpir! You’ll find the best kinds of Kumpir in the Ortakoy area of Istanbul, Turkey. They serve the best, from the rest!
It’s a baked jumbo sized Potato, which they cut into half, first they’ll put butter, salt and mash all its insides, then you have to choose from a variety of ingredients, that's again mixed, baked and tadaaa! I’m a vegetarian, so I chose, corn, kidney beans, olives, corn, russian salad, olives (both green and black), capsicum, vinegar dipped veggies, bulgur (Turkish local rice, made of wheat thou), chili paste, cheese, pepper and I’m sure, I’ve still missed out a couple ingredients. Basically, whatever you can imagine, they have it as an ingredient option, yes really. Also, all kinds of sauces, from chili, mayo, mustard to ketchup, and more I’m sure. It’s lip-smacking good and a complete brunch in itself! It’s a must try when in Istanbul, cannot be missed!
Also, the area Ortakoy is very beautiful, it’s in the middle of the European side and on the banks of the beautiful Bosphorus. It has rows of small shops selling trinkets, accessories, and souvenirs. There are many restaurants facing the Bosphorus, and if you just want to enjoy the view, there’s a seating area by the bank. Also, there’s a beautiful Buyuk Mecidiye Camil or Ortakoy Mosque by the bank as well.
Exactly when you think, how can anything give you unending happiness? That’s when food and travel walk in! People change and move on, for their or our good. But, rarely does food or places change. Yes, the taste and look can change over years or lifetimes, yet, its authenticity can be maintained amidst the chaos. If you can find it, then you've struck gold! Who will validate it? Did you feel happy, at peace and heard yourself singing your own tune after eating or visiting? Then, that's enough validation. Additionally, if it manages to bring a big smile, years after eating or visiting, then, that also counts!
Until then, visiting Istanbul? Make sure to eat Kumpir!
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Can you see the rock at the extreme right corner of the picture? That’s where I mostly sat and watched these mountains change their shapes and sizes, their textures and peaks during my Vipassana Course at Dhamma Centre in the middle of nowhere in Ladakh.
Can you imagine how insane it must have been to live here in silence for almost 11 nights? The sky is breathtaking.
When you will read my Vipassana Experience on my blog, you will realise how this view helped me survive the ten days of silence.
Suddenly, I miss my rock. That was something I held onto in my silence, and stared at this view.
This is the same sky I saw a meteor shower + Milky Way in. And it’s just one side of the whole view. Imagine the same view at 360 degrees. However, on the other half of the landscape - the mountains were really close to us. I did climb the cony rocks and watched this view from a even higher level on one of the days of Maun - but because we give away our phones for ten days there - I have managed to click these pictures only in the few hours of the last day of course when we got our phones back.
Have you done Vipassana? What was it like? Share your experience!
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