I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT .. http://babakaps.net .. TO SEE MY OTHER WEBSITE.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

AUG 17, 17 .. FROM ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA WITH LOVE..

In all of this wonderful world, the below scene, here in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is easily one of my very favorite views.


In these first two photos, you are looking at..

In the left background, you see The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower.

In the near foreground, you see the tops of several very historic Mongolian buildings in the Choijin Lama Museum, located in the very heart of downtown Ulaanbaatar.



Below I am showing a few photos of each of the above two main features.

Exactly like the Taj Mahal in India, every time I get near The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower, it whispers to me..

"Dad! Take my photo." .. "Thank You Dad."


"Dad, snap another photo please."


Below are a few photos of the tops of the buildings in the Choijin Lama Museum. 

To attempt to orient you to the next photos below.. 

The first two photos at the beginning of this Post, were taken facing the Choijin Museum from the right.


In these three photos, The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is behind me and to my left.




Now to the REST OF THE STORY.


When I am hungry for a real tuna sandwich at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Ulaanbaatar, where the owner immediately comes over and sits down at my table to visit, and to eat his own lunch.. I head straight for.

MILLIE'S ESPRESSO. 



As I walk to, and return from, Millie's Espresso, I pass the above scenes of The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower and The Choijin Lama Museum.

Often I snap a few photos of what I have just shown you above.



To enter Millie's, you first enter the below very pleasant Art Gallery and then turn to your right.



In the below photo, do you see the lady smiling at me and posing for her photo in the center left? There is no missing her interest and pleasure. Do you suppose we know one another?



Looking back towards the entrance at Millie's Espresso. The above lady's back is now facing us.



"What's to eat Captain?" 

"A tuna sandwich with a nice salad instead of french fries?"




I love their motto.

We Don't Serve Fast Food
We Serve Fresh, Wholesome Food
As Fast As We Can




Daniel. An owner. A friend.

As he sat down at my table to join me..

The first words out of his mouth were.

"I thought you were coming back to U.B. last winter."



Need I say that we two had a long, very pleasant visit. Daniel then told me that another friend of ours from Switzerland, also a senior citizen, himself had a hip replacement recently. We got him on the phone and his was arthritis relief motivated. I hope to see him before I leave Ulaanbaatar on the 24th of August.

There sure is a lot of joy in this world isn't there?

"Captain?" .. "Yes?" .. "You manufacture joy Captain." .. "Thanks For That Gift My Mind."

Oh yes Patti was on the phone with us several times.

Smiling from ear-to-ear.

Cap

And?.. 

Now..

THE REST OF THE STORY

In November 2015, Gullible and Patti and I visited Ulaanbaatar together. 

Gullible, who had never been here kept saying to me..

"Cap! Trip Advisor highly recommends a restaurant here in Ulaanbaatar called Millie's. I would like us to go there Cap."

We never went to Millie's back in November of 2015.

For one thing, we were swamped with things to do that stood in our way. For another thing, I, the driver of our bus, had never ever heard of Millie's, had no idea of where Millie's might be let alone how to get to Millie's and did not have a clue as to what in the heck Trip Advisor was. 

I did not have / nor could I take the time to research this Millie's issue.

Out of my deep respect for Gullible, when four months later, I returned back to Ulaanbaatar in March of 2016, I educated myself about Trip Advisor and I found Millie's.

Both, Trip Advisor and Millie's have become part-of-my-life.

Thank You Gullible for these gifts.

Cap


Friday, 11 August 2017

AUG 11, 17 .. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE .. PART VI .. THE IVOLGINSKY DATSAN


IF you want to see map(s) showing where the IVOLGINSKY DATSAN is located, using the below link, please go to Dot.net:

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST THE 2nd, 2017

THE IVOLGINSKY DATSAN

"Captain? What is the odd looking word that you just wrote above and in the title?"

"THE IVOLGINSKY DATSAN?"

Oh yes Sports fans. This is an entirely, new-to-all-of-us, yet amazing attraction here in.. 

The Village of IVOLGINSK.. located in the..

THE REPUBLIC OF BURYATIA.. located in..

The Southern part of Eastern Siberia.. located in.. 

The Russian Federation.

 "Changer?" .. "Where are you when I need you to sound out this word IVOLGINSKY for us?"

OK. Datsan in the above title does NOT refer to a Japanese Automobile. As used in the Republic of Buryatia, in Buryat Buddhism, the terms DATSAN and BUDDHIST MONASTERY are interchangeable.

So there you have it.

The IVOLGINSKY DATSAN simply means the Buddhist Monastery located in the Village of Ivolginsk. 

Google Maps show this location as Ivolginsk. Wikipedia says that the monastery is located in the Village of Verkhnyaya Ivolga.

Whether you want to use the word Ivolginsk or the words Verkhnyaya Ivolga to describe the physical location of the monastery, it is located 23km South of the City of Ulan-Ude.

Rhetorical Statement : I am working longer hours and spending more time on this series of Russian Siberia Posts than I did when I was working as a Civil Engineer.

This, my six hundred and twenty second (622) Post on blogspot, will perhaps stand as the first, only, and maybe the last ever Post of yours truly to be considered as possibly a 'Gullible Class' effort.

I did NOT say it is. I merely said that maybe it might be in the eyes of some.

Photos please Captain.

En route North from the Mongolian / Russian Border to Ulan-Ude on Wednesday, August the 2nd, Saina and Deegi pulled off the main highway and drove into a small village to meet-up-with some friends.

That was all. No big deal. "Cap we are going to stop here for just a few minutes to visit some friends."

Unfortunately / or Fortunately, you make-the-call, I Your Captain, 'looked around'. I saw what I saw, and much to the dismay of Deegi, who had us on a tight-time-schedule to get to Ulan-Ude to meet Sergey, off I went to have a much closer 'look-see' at what I saw when I casually 'looked around' at our surroundings.

Below then is..

THE REST OF THE STORY. 

Driving North on the highway to Ulan-Ude, when we approached the below structure, we exited the highway.


I thought to myself as I looked at the structure in these photos.. 

"How odd. It looks like we are in China."




Little did I know : "Captain .. You haven't seen anything yet."

"Whoa!"

"How did we go from being on the road to Ulan-Ude in Russian Siberia to entering the outskirts of Beijing China?"



We parked.



I looked around.

I saw.

Walking fast, I took off to see more closely what I saw from a distance.

"Cap!" .. cried out Deegi as I was rapidly disappearing .. "Cap come back! We have to meet Sergey in Ulan-Ude and we don't have time to stop here Cap!"

Your Captain thought .. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Deegi."

And I kept walking.

To quote Patti : "Nanook used to think.. If I don't look back and see Patti then she can't see me."

I did NOT look back at Deegi!

Deegi was thinking.. "Gee. I thought he had a recently surgically repaired left hip. Just look at him go!"


I wish I could have done better photographing the below orientation map, but I did the best I could.


It was just too large to capture in one photo.




I was 'on-a-tear'. I felt time-pressure from Deegi and I sure wanted to shoot all the photos I could shoot. 

There were guides showing groups around. 

I overheard one say about these buildings, "The Buddhist monks sleep in this area."



I may die and never know if I 'crashed-the-entry-gate' without paying an entry fee.

The below photos are pretty much in the order that I snapped them. Again, I was on-the-run and I was running.




Notice that this temple is primarily white-in-color.







"Gee Dad. Thank You Dad for photographing me. NO ONE ever takes my photo Dad."










Buddhist Prayer Wheels.





























Below are photos of two, small gift shops, located near the entrance into the monastery.






I will close with these two thoughts.

I don't know what I saw.

But I KNOW that what I saw was very special.

With Love and With Respect to..

THE IVOLGINSKY DATSAN.

Cap