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... have arrived to the "roof of the world." Upon arrival at the Tibet airport, we were greeted by a Tibetan welcome committee with prayer shawls, blessings and samplings of Yak Butter and chocolates. We arrived to a beautiful sunny day and temp of 13 degree Celsius. Boarded our buses for the 2 hour drive to the St. Regis Lhasa resort. Yangkyi (name meaning happiness) adorable young girl, is our tour guide on the drive. We are learning the Tibetian greeting, ...
... in Tibet. There are three monastic colleges for studying philosophy and one for the practice of Tantric Buddhism. In the afternoon we went to Sera Monastery. We scheduled this one in the afternoon as there was supposed to be a philosophical debate at three but that never happened. Thus we did one lap around the Kora and then explored the monastery. As we walked the Cora, there was one lady knitting as she walked around. This was ...
Still a little under the weather, which I'm sure the climb up Potala Palace probably didn't help, it was time to have another 'lay' day and let Richard be my eyes for the day. The groups day started with a visit to the "Sera Monastery." located at the Northern outskirts of Lhasa. Its name "Sera" means "Wild Rose Garden," so named as lush rose woods once grew around it. ...
... bursting with pilgrims, monks and visitors to make sure not one hippie outfit or trinket were overlooked (got a really funky shirt!) (and a necklace), Oh okay, and a bracelet or two or three and a pashmina I could buy in Columbus Circle for the same price but what the hay, saying it was bought in Tibet is so much more exciting. Did I mention more than one pashmina?
And I bought prayer flags for the next stop in our journey, to prayer flag heaven, aka Namtso Lake ...
... where a beautiful turkey river (that seemed more like a lake), surrounded by sandy dunes with rocky mountains on the background: this all left us with an open mouth.
Do you know when in The Lion King, Mufasa shows to Simba all his kingdom and tell him the famous sentence: "Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom"?
That was basically what appeared under our eyes! Magical moment!
Unfortunately, we couldn't enjoy it so much, since our driver ...