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Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... and say their prayers. We were fortunate enough to witness a prayer session held by the monks. Unfortunately the chanting was indecipherable but the atmosphere was still very special.
The next stop was the Sera Monastery, more beautiful art (you would think we would be getting bored of it by now), more devoted pilgrims lining up and pushing as if their lives depended on - for some of them who had travelled all that way, it probably did. At this monastery we had ...
... and the lovely blue sky soon had clouds forming in
it but thank goodness the rain stayed away and the temp just got higher as the
day went on.
As we got nearer the top end of the dam the colour of
the water changed from the wonderful blue/green to more of a brown and then the
dam became more of a river.
From there we climbed ever higher and it began to get
cooler by the mile. Snow started to appear and soon all the green hills that we
had been riding ...
... to avoid dehydration. As I rarely drink water this was not so easy and once you are full of water you forever need a bloomin pee stop. As you can imagine the driving was a farce stopping every 45 minutes for a loo stop. With so many stops the ladies are less concerned with showing their white bums and it's bottoms up here there and everywhere while the trucks and cars whizz by honking their horns. ...
... Tibetan Opera. Food…OK. Opera…not bad actually. It was great to get an overview of all the different styles of traditional dress in the different areas as well as see the moves to some of the songs we had been hearing over and over and over again on the Van CD.
One of the most distressing things we learnt….not for us but for our lovely Tibetan friends and future independent minded tourists…was that the government was now ...
... another tour guide who was able to translate for us. We were defiintely the centre of attention as the locals seemed interested and slightly bemused by a random group of multinational travellers eating in their restaurant. Afterwards we went to a restaurant with the slightly unusal theme of barbeque and ice cream which was run by a local girl who Gizzy proposed to within minutes of meeting (we think he was joking, but..).
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