QUINTESSENCE OF LIFE

In “Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, the main character (played genuinely well by Ben Stiller) goes in search of a missing negative sent by the famous photographer Sean O’Connell (short but superb performance by Sean Penn), which will eventually become the cover of the last ever issue of Life magazine before it goes out of print. His journey takes him through rough seas of Iceland all the way to ungoverned corners of Afghanistan and, finally, the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Little does Walter know that he is in fact looking the meaning of his life, not that of the magazine.

Cover Picture: draumuriceland

Here are more secrets from Iceland…

Paragliding

paragliding

Icelandic Sagas and the Poetic Edna (a.k.a the inspiration behind The Hobbit)

…and Northern Lights

Secret swim at Silfra

Geysers

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes." --Marcel Proust Aile10  

LADAKH: A DREAM TRIP TO THE HIMALAYA REGION

Also known as “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is nestled between Kunlun mountain range and the Great Himalayas in Indus Valley in northwestern India. This magical Buddhist ex-kingdom is  home to jagged mountain passes and the world’s highest-altitude café. Make your own dream adventure pilgrimage. – Epic trekking and camping through the Himalayas with their grand views – …

FROM MANSION TO MUD HUT

Jon Pedley lived the life of a swinging millionaire until an alcohol-fueled car accident in 2002 left him comatose and on the verge of death. Miraculously, he survived, and soon experienced a profound change of heart. The UK millionaire—who indulged in alcohol, womanizing, and other vices—later found God and was inspired by the charity work …

1. Challenge Fear
"Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious."
2. Be Bold
"Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth."
3. Have Gratitude
"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."
4. Take Action
"Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?"
5. Have Faith
"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears."
6. Embrace Setbacks
"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"
7. Look Inside
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
8. Learn From Suffering
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."
9. Don't Be Concerned With What Others Think Of You
"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think."
10. Do What You Love 
"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love."

THE KII MOUNTAIN RANGE

Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which …

PUKKA JOURNEYS

Pukka is a Hindi-English word meaning “genuine“, “authentic” and “original“. Everyone goes on a “pukka” journey once in a while. Here are some of mine. What’s yours?

HAPPY FULL MOON!

Meanwhile… The first robot rover to land on the Moon in nearly 40 years, China’s Jade Rabbit, has begun sending back photos, with shots of its lunar lander. Picture: David Dickenson David Dickinson is an Earth science teacher, freelance science writer, retired USAF veteran & backyard astronomer. He currently writes and ponders the universe from …

The jug fears the stone. Yet, it desires the stone when the stone comes together with other stones to make a fountain from which the jug fills.--Rumi