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After breakfast (Rob had noodles and yak meat and I had bread with yak butter), we set off for Nam-tso lake. The road was as bad as yesterday and at one point we came across some pilgrims who were going from monastery to monastery and it would take about three years. We stopped for lunch in a town- again yak meat in different configurations! Then we arrived at the main entrance of Nam-tso natural park. We also by now have an asphalted road! How fab, ...
... to take our passports with us as the bus would be stopped at checkpoints and could be requested. Of course we also had our young policeman on board, apparently to keep an eye on the driver's care and attention, which with a minimum time limit between checkpoints, was supposed to minimise the risk of a bad accident, one of which had recently occurred. It wasn't too far out of Lhasa before we hit ...
... to explore. It’s so fascinating how much ground we cover in one day. We started out the day at the Deprung Monastery, a monastery that once had 5000 monks in it but today only has 500. It’s perched on a mountainside and there are so many chambers, each with inner chambers followed by a huge assembly hall with prayer pillows and beautiful Tibetan rugs for each monk to use. And everywhere you go there are prayer beads for sale and all sorts ...
... popular place for many Buddhists who set up prayer mats in front of the temple to perform their very active prayers.
In both Potala Palace and the Temple, we found ourselves trying to move out of the way of the many worshippers and pilgrims making their rounds in the various chapels and rooms, leaving Yuan notes, scarves and butter for the butter lamps as offerings along the way. Evidently, people had come from all over Tibet, many of them frail and in the very ...
... looking around him to make sure no one had heard him.
On a higher note,
according to a recent Time article,
the tibetans in exile
in Dharamsala, India are
preparing to fight,
once the 14th dalai-lama dies.
We can't wait to see,
the tibetans again,
as we will be in Dharamsala in February!
We'll keep you updated,
on what we hear and see there!