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 has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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