Lazy Spring Days in Killiney

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This was from a wonderful lazy day spent exploring Killiney, Ireland.  It was windy and a bit overcast, but still wonderful strolling weather.  Only a short train ride from Dublin, I recommend it for anyone visiting Dublin who wants to see some of the countryside.  They have nice little shops for picking up wool and other local goods, as well as a castle you can tour!  It wasn’t so filled with tourists that it was cheesy either, which made taking a walk through town even more enjoyable.

River Houses

Houses built on the river in Bangkok.

There are a lot of houses built right on the river.  If you aren’t on land the country can’t charge you money, so it’s tax free housing.  It is also the traditional way of building houses.  People would build around the rivers and canals because it’s easy to travel and grow.  The land would be flat and wet so that they could easily walk or boat to their destinations.  Personally I feel these homes have a simplistic beauty to them even though they are built up like shacks.  I imagine the tin roofs must get very hot though in the humid heat of the summer.

Sunrise on the Ganges

Morning baths on the Ganges.

In India I was lucky enough to get a chance to take a boat tour of the Ganges during sunrise. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The river wasn’t clean or pristine but I was surprised at the fact that that it didn’t seem as bad as I had assumed with all the talk of pollution.

The tour went past a few of the major bath areas as well as one of the cremation sites.  For the Hindu religion the Ganges is the very holy river.  Some believe bathing in the water will clear your karma, allowing you start anew.  Others believe that if you are cremated and put into the water you will have a direct path to Moksha, a stage where they become one with the creator Brahma allowing them to be released from the rebirth cycle.  I had never seen a dead body before so going past the boats of bodies waiting for cremation was very chilling for me.  The bodies were covered with cloth, but the outline of a human was clear.  It was a very sharp contrast to the young children playing as they bathe a mere 100 yards away.  The power of the Ganges in the Hindu culture became clear to me in that moment.

Buildings along the Ganges river.

And yes that is a monkey sitting on the ledge.