Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Perfect relationship?

And we haven't been away even for that long but it takes a few days to kick start those batteries again. I will post some Nepal and everest pictures later on but first this: while in Nepal I read about the Polish man who awoke after 20 years of coma. Huh?

It is the stuff of fairytales and happy endings, the story of a Polish railway worker who woke up to a new world of plenty after falling into a "coma" 19 years ago when Poland was still communist. Grzebski was transferred from one hospital to another to undergo treatment until finally his wife opted to bring him home and care for him herself. There may not have been a miracle in Grzebski's revival, but the story of his wife's dedication has struck a chord with diehard romantics. Grzebski is now making the acquaintance of 11 grandchildren. lol..

Grzebski told he has been aware that the days of communism, rationing and interminable queues to get the little that was available in the shops, had long ended in Poland.

But he has still not got over a recent trip to the local supermarket.
"There are no queues. You take what you want and as much of it as you want. You don't need ration tickets like during the communist era," he marvelled.

If it were the Netherlands the poor man would all of a sudden wake up to a country in decay, satellite dishes, burqas, multicultural violence, exploded crime figures and huge taxes to maintain a government that even Kafka didn't foresee. Anyway..

So is this the perfect example of matrimonial loyalty? What does it take to make a marriage work?

I say that within a good relationship you should never let each other down when one or the other has got his or her week moment. You should be faithfull, supportive, loving, respectful and caring. bla bla bla and so on

Now what's your number one ingredient for the perfect marriage or relationship cake?

Wikicopy on marriage:

A marriage is an
interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract. The most frequently occurring form of marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife.[1][2][citation needed] Other forms of marriage also exist; for example, polygamy, in which a person takes more than one spouse, is common in many societies.[3] Beginning in 2001, the legal concept of marriage has been expanded to include same-sex marriage in some jurisdictions.[4]The reasons people marry vary widely, but usually include one or more of the following: legal, social and economic stability; the formation of a family unit; procreation and the education and nurturing of children; legitimizing sexual relations; public declaration of love.[5][6]A marriage is often declared by a wedding ceremony,[7] which may be performed by a religious officiator, through a similar government-sanctioned secular officiator, or (in weddings that have no church or state affiliation) by a trusted friend of the wedding participants. The act of marriage usually creates obligations between the individuals involved, and in many societies, their extended families.[citation needed]

Saturday, June 02, 2007

post ceremonial pics

After the wedding some pictures were taken in the Potala Palace gardens. At night special (wedding?) fireworks lightened up the palace.

Now we are preparing for the real honeymoon which will take us via Mount Everet base camp to Kathmandu. CU later, hope you enjoyed the pictures. Kind regards, Ursula and Dimitri..

Wedding certificate

Scarfs are given for blessings. After the ceremony we received an authentic stamped wedding certificate from the lama of the Drepong monastery. It appeared that we were the first to be given such a paper. I believe we gave them a new business opportunity idea :-)

Now the actual marriage

We entered the main kitchen where the treasurer monk was receiving the donations and changing them into smaller yuan bills so they can be handed over to each of the 300 monks present during the ceremony. Off course we could not refuse the traditional butter tea..and another round..
A pack of Yuans left for the monks that were on duty or not in the house. Drepung monastery houses around 600 monks.

Some Pictures of a Buddhist Wedding part 2

Atop the Jokhang monestary, the most sacred of them all in Tibet. On the right on the Jokhar square in our traditional Tibetan wedding outfit before we went of to Drepong.

Prayer wheels at the Potala Palace

Some Pictures of a Buddhist Wedding part 1

Panda Park in Chengdu, China. Buddhist offering spot in Tibet on the right.