Today marks the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday.
You know when you're asked "If there's anybody in the world, dead or alive, that you could have dinner with - who would it be?"?
More often than not, I'll answer "The Dalai Lama".
I don't know what I'd say to his holiness face to face as I had a hard enough time signing his birthday global tribute.
His balding head, square glasses and warming smile reminds me of my late grandfather - though I'm not so sure that's appropriate dinner conversation.
What I'd like to know is how he feels. What's it like to be a world spiritual leader. Did he graciously accept his destiny or were there times when he questioned it. I'd like to know the human being behind the smile and the words of wisdom.
In the meantime, I'll keep feeling all warm and fuzzy over his likeness to my beloved Nonno. That'll be our secret.
Until tomorrow, is there someone in the world that you'd like to have dinner with? If so, who and why?
PS. Back in France on day one of our pre-tour reconnaissance. The tour starts in one week and we have a LOT of work to do - yikes!
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