thursday afternoon upon arrival home, i mentioned to matt that there was a bbq stand at a nearby gas station. the stand sets up every thursday. we both determined it was a perfect moment for spontaneity and splurging (btw, our town has way more local/ethnic food venues than lincoln..hint. hint).
therefore, we jumped in the car and went on a little adventure. we arrived at the small station, which was packed full of cars trying to park for food and get gas. the rest of the parking lot was full of awnings, meat smokers, grills and picnic benches. it was great.
we ordered a brisket sandwich and a pulled pork sandwich with two sides of macaroni and cheese (which was some of the best mac i have ever had…it was almost…might i say….gourmet?)
we tried the spicy bbq sauce and the sweet and tangy. the hot sauce was a deep maroon and tasted reminiscent of raspberry. we sat on a bench with yellow leaves. chatted about marriage and our new little town. it was sublime.
afterwards, i decided to take matt on a tour of the southern part of our town. we stopped in at the tibetan mongolian buddhist cultural center.
the image below is the kalachakra stupa. i was amazed that such places like this exist within 10 minutes of our house. i have never come across anything like this before either in lincoln or other places i have visited in the u.s. the reason for the cultural center and temple (there are two in town) is because of a professor at IU: thubten jigme norbu. norbu was the eldest brother of his holiness the dalai lama of tibet. the dalai lama comes here every three years.
a stupa (according to wiki): “A stupa (from Sanskrit: m., स्तूप, stūpa, Sinhalese: ස්ථූපය, Pāli: थुप “thūpa”, literally meaning “heap”) is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics, typically the remains of Buddha, used by Buddhists as a place of worship”
the image below is inside the kumbum chamtse ling temple. an elderly asian woman came and placed a mat on the floor and began her yoga while we were there. she was way more flexible than me.
after we left, we drove by my work and to the shoe store. matt is getting new inserts for his feet and the doc wants him to buy some real shoes. sadly, matt’s hipster/professorial style will be slightly diminished in this purchase.