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... up at the Palace which is probably the highest spot in Lhasa, which is on the top of the world. But we were all worried about climbing more steps after such a bad night's sleep, still feeling the effects of being in high altitude. So as we began, I focused on making this a sort of walking meditation, slower than I usually walk or hike, taking deep, deep breaths to pull in as much oxygen as possible. I reached the top ...
... that we entered and finally we got to the main part of the monastery. At the main assembly hall the monks were chanting and for 20 Yuan (contribution to the monastery for taking photos) Rob took some great snaps of the monks. Because we had a long drive to Ganden by the time we stopped for lunch in a small town it was already 3pm! I ordered momos but they were massive so we all shared them. Momos are dumplings filled with yak meat and vegetables. ...
... Tibet had to offer, of what we were actually permitted to see that is. Lhasa is beautiful with old and new architecture, a clean and quiet environment, (with polished concrete sidewalks which provided for first ever so graceful and bail on my trip...) On the other hand, its impossible to see almost anything without a guide and wherever you do go, there are guards, snipers and metal detectors everywhere you look. It's actually pretty crazy. On day 3, we took our first ...
... available we hit the streets of the old town area. We were surprised to find that Lhasa was such a busy cosmopolitan city of 600,000 people, so it was good to get into the quieter back streets where the largest of the temples stands. One part of our reconnaissance was to locate a cafe which has great coffee and cakes, recommended by a friend who had recently visited the city. As today was a special religious day, ...
... very clean, the roads are new with more under construction, and their infrastructure is being modernized in many ways. The flip side is that Facebook doesn't work here, nor does Google, and the Chinese are making this more and more into China, with a "nod" to Tibetan history (which is beneficial for tourism), but certainly marginalizing the Tibetan people in the process. We realize that we only get a very brief glimpse at everything during our ...