Australia & NZ 2011 (17 March)

On Thursday morning we had brunch at our Buddhist centre. Everyone was meant to bring a plate, we passed by the 7 Star Supermarket and bought grapes, watermelon, avocados, yogurt, gluten-free bread and hummus.

Brunch was nice and with lots of variety. I did my best to try a bit of everything but couldn’t manage to do so.

Biscuits, cheese & quince paste, olive oil, bread, roasted chicken, banana bread, avocado, caprese salad

Biscuits, cheese & quince paste, olive oil, bread, roasted chicken, banana bread, avocado, caprese salad

Ham, cheese, roasted chicken, stir-fried vegetables, Brie, ham & tomato sandwiches, sushi, yogurt, olives, grapes, watermelon, butter

Ham, cheese, roasted chicken, stir-fried vegetables, Brie, ham & tomato sandwiches, sushi, yogurt, olives, grapes, watermelon, butter

After brunch we had a meeting with our lama. Then we headed to the venue where our event took place: the now annual What Is Mind? panel discussion. I had packed apples and nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews) in my backpack because I knew we wouldn’t be able to eat anything until midnight.

When the event was over we headed back to the centre for a big party. As usual, I helped with the food. We put together plates with bread, lavosh, Brie and Gruyere cheeses, salad (green beans, cherry tomatoes and basil), tomato, cucumber, marinated olives, chorizo and roast beef. The so-called “tapas” plates were free for the international travelers and costed $10 for everybody else.

Bread, lavosh, Brie, Gruyere, salad, olives, chorizo, roast beef

Bread, crostini, Brie, Gruyere, salad, olives, chorizo, roast beef

In the end we had chorizo, Gruyere, bread, rocket, cucumber, and olives left. What to do? Open-faced melts with fresh rocket on top, and cucumber and olives on the side.

Chorizo & Gruyere melt with rocket, cucumber and olives

Chorizo & Gruyere melt with rocket, cucumber and olives

We had a nice selection of beers, wines and spirits in the bar, plus great music (according to the people on the dance floor) and lovely crazy friends from around the world. At around 3:30 I decided to go home, finish packing up for the next flight and get some sleep. Alvaro and Carina stayed until the end.

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