Adventure to an Unknown somewhere

My original plan was to go to the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, about 3 hours from Pune, and stay overnight in or near the sanctuary. My friend/driver Vikram told me he could take me to a much better sanctuary and asked if I wanted to go.
Of course!  Do you know a place to stay?
Vikram: Yes.

I assumed the sanctuary would be reasonably close by but since this was an adventure, I didn’t ask any questions.  I was just there for the ride. We stopped for a snack 3 hours in, and stopped again for tea 2 hours later.  At this point he tells me we are still 2 hours away. I burst out laughing.

We finally come to a stop in front of a small building.

Me: Is this where we are staying?
Vikram: Yes.

He goes inside and talks to two men. I stand and listen to them chat in Marathi.  Vikram motions me to follow him and shows me a small, empty, dark room with a large bison skull on the floor.  Then we go back to the office and the men continue to talk.

Oh my god, I am going to sleep on the floor next to a large bison skull!

Vikram turns and says to me, “This is a sanctuary. It is government housing.  We can stay here but if anyone comes in the middle of the night we will have to leave.”

I burst out laughing again, I can’t stop laughing.  The two men and Vikram are just looking at me. But this is the funniest thing I have ever heard and I just can’t stop laughing.

Vikram: Should we take the chance?
Me: Of course, why the hell not!  How much does it cost?
Vikram:  We are not supposed to stay here.  The cost is 600 rupees plus tip for letting us stay.

I give him 1200 rupees.

Vikram: And we have to be out by 5:00AM.


We walk away from the bison skull building and walk to a little house at the end of the driveway.  The guard opens the door and the rooms are wonderful!  There was only one problem.  One bedroom.  Vikram left and slept with the bison skull.  
So it was just me and the carpenter ants. I made a deal with them, if they stayed on the floor, I promised not to squish them.

They kept their end of the bargain and so did I.

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​​
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