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... to get through customs and we were close to being late for our plane. We figured they wouldn't leave without 27 people so we were not panicked . . . :-).
Spent the entire plane ride finishing today's log and fixing up my pictures from our incredible day. . . Perfect way to use that three hour time slot! Upon arriving in Lhasa, we were told to walk slowly and breath deeply . Picked up our suitcases and headed ...
... and on top of that all trains out of Lhasa onto China were suspended after the last week in December.... meant that the 'exciting 5-day overland trek in and interesting 3-day train ride out' segment of my trip soon turned into a 'fly in/fly out or wait until April' segment of the trip. Oh bugger.
Still, who knows when I will ever be this close to the Tibetan border again, and given the ...
... of what I thaught, the Potala was not a Temple but the residence of the Dalaļ Lamas. We are allowed to visit only part of it ( thank God!), the residence as such and some chapels dedicated to Budha.
I am so glad to have come at this period of thenyear for this visit, because the whole tour has to be made in one hour 20 minutes during summer time, pushed by the crowd; it took me 3 hours. The escalation is really exhausting since we climb right up to the top. My guide ...
... like headless chickens. No matter. It is amazing to be in Lhasa after all. Our diminutive guide, Tenzen, met us in reception and we headed off to the Potala Palace. We can see it in the distance from the room but when you stand right in front of it you really feel dwarfed by its huge dimensions. Construction started in 1645 and it was continuously occupied by Dali Llamas until the 14th and present one who went into exile in in 1959. Tenzen insisted on taking ...
... 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 ...