By Aniek Jaartsveld
In the last two weeks of July, the schools in Ladakh have summer vacation.
Last holiday was very special for the young nuns from Nyerma: A pilgrimage to Bodgaya, where Buddha obtained Enlightenment. With the young also the fittest among the old nuns went along. Though a number of them had been to Bodgaya before, both young and old were full of anticipation for the morning departure from Nyerma.
The atmosphere was like a school trip. The driver and passenger were blessed with Khata's. Almost every day there was a message from the travelers where they were or about the meals they were sampling.
The Indian Army has a practice if there is money left on the annual budget to spend that money on people who are less fortunate. In this case, transport, accommodation and meals were paid for by the Army. This in Netherlands is unheard of. When the travellers returned I asked the young nuns what was most special, the first reaction was: the monkeys in Srinagar !. then very quickly they added that praying in Bodgaya was very special.