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    Resentment Resolved

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    Building the New World Within (1) – Introduction

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    Emancipate Yourself

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    Thoughts from the Streets (2)

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    Dublin’s Last Supper

  • Love in Havana


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    Quotes on Happiness

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    Safer than Houses

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    Let me tell you an Irish story

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    Going the Distance

  • The Metro Cafe in Dublin by Jean-Jacques @ Gypsycafe.org

    Mocha and Latte of Life


Welcome to Gypsy Café, a philosophical travel blog by J.J. Montagnier ** Life is like coffee, often filtered, sometimes bleak, Instant at birth, rarely smooth and sweet. For the most part it’s a touch of bitter with flavour, Yet, it’s that strong coffee that some of us favour. ** “All destinations are equal. I go with an inquisitive mind and I travel independently. My approach could be called experimental or exploratory and my main aim is to become informed. I […]

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The Yin and Yang of Spirituality and the Future of Humanity

The Yin and Yang of Spirituality Carl Jung is famous for having brought the concept of working on shadow elements within the psyche into Western psychotherapy, although the process of self-therapy, self-transformation and psychic self-evaluation with subsequent spiritual elevation is indeed a very ancient practice. Advanced practice was perhaps considered to be found mainly in the realm of shamanism, priesthood and other high level spiritual roles. However, ancient civilizations and cultures integrated the identifying and processing of shadow characteristics also […]


Building the New World Within (10) – What is Enlightenment?

Introduction In this series we are exploring reasons for humanity going in repetitive negative loops and we are looking at ways in which we can spiral upwards out of our unhealthy and destructive patterns, onwards into a more balanced future. Theatre Theatre has many objectives. It can entertain or educate or both. It can mesmerise or bring consciousness. It can motivate and inspire. It can provoke or shock. Theatre holds a mirror up to reality and can evoke inner change. […]

Recoleta Angel

Shift of the Stages

All the world’s a stage. As actors in the theatre of life we are all here to play our part(s), consciously or unconsciously. Here we are, finding ourselves present at this stage in time during a shifting paradigm. In the old, but still present age it felt like the stage had been set and most of us were simply reading our lines. It was perhaps not always understood why we were in the theatre in the first place. In the […]


Building The New World Within (9) – What is Progress?

What is Progress? In the 1993 film, Groundhog Day, we saw Bill Murray’s character calling the weather bureau from a pay phone at a filling station during a blizzard. He needed urgent weather information, but could not access the internet via his Smartphone. At the time of the film, Smartphones did not exist yet. He could not even make a call from the comfort of his company’s vehicle, because cellular network reception was limited to large urban areas and the […]

Peru Scenery

Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins

Peru planning: I patched together an itinerary by working out a route which would connect the main places I was going to visit (Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco & Inca Trail) with coach journeys in-between, which would include stopping at various points of interest along the way.  That meant that every 3 or 4 days I would be relaxing on luxury coaches, allowing for recovery time and alternative viewing opportunities from the intensive sightseeing trips and […]

Winay Wayna

Inca Trail Views (2/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 2 Things we learned on the Inca Trail: It is not a competition. It is not about fitness, but endurance. It is not so much about endurance of the body, but of the mind. The speed of your progress depends on how much luggage you are carrying, physically and mentally. At the end of the trail you are bound to have lost some baggage along the way. You will meet many different […]

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Inca Trail Views (1/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 1 (January 7 – 10, 2016) The Inca Trail is not what you think it is. Or rather, it was not what I thought it would be. I had no expectations. In fact I was slightly apprehensive about doing it, even up to two days before the start. The reason being that I was concerned that it would be too crowded or commercialised. In recent years the Classic Inca Trail has become […]

Inca Architecture

Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture

Inca Design, Architecture and Technology Machu Picchu & Ollantaytambo Peru, South America While in Peru in January I found myself at two sites where examples of Inca architecture and design could be observed in its finest form. Here below follows a visual tour. [click to view slides] Immediately noticeable was the combination of strength, functionality, durability and visual appeal. Aesthetics always played a role for the Inca, although it took much, much longer than today to construct buildings, walls and […]

Uros Island Boat

Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia. At 3800 metres above sea level Lake Titicaca is considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world. In the local Quechua language “titicaca” means “Mount Puma” or “grey puma”. The floating Uros islands were originally created in pre-Colombian times when the small Uros tribe needed to find a solution […]

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Tikal – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 2

Tikal National Park, Petén, Guatemala, Central America Tikal is the largest excavated Maya site in the Americas and once was one of the greatest and most prominent cities in all of the Maya world. Besides general sightseeing, of interest to me during my recent visit in September, was to get to know more about the advanced technologies and sophisticated infrastructure which could be found in Tikal in its heyday. I was also interested in learning more about the reasons for […]

Copan Maya Ruins - Honduras - Central America

Copán – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 1

Copán Maya Ruins, Honduras, Central America “Archaeologists believe that the Maya culture in Copán collapsed because the land could no longer support it. As the valley of the population grew, so did the need for wood, cooking and construction. Deforestation caused the valley to heat up. The heat caused draught and crop failure. The hunger and disease that resulted created political and social unrest that lead to the downfall of this great civilisation.” – Copán Nature Trail  [click to view […]


The Maya World Tree

In Mesoamerican theology the sacred World Tree stands in the centre of the world, crossing and connecting three horizontal levels, the heavens, the earth and the underworld. It has its roots embedded deep in the underworld, with its trunk straight and sturdy in the earthly realm and its branches high up in the heavens, diverging into the four cardinal directions. Each direction has a colour. East is Red, North is White, West is black and South is yellow. The World […]