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... For breakfast it was a short walk to the nearest Tibetan hole-in-the wall eatery where no-one spoke English but the food was divine. Nobu, my guide for the duration (foreigners are only allowed out unaccompanied in the area around Barkhor Square, and then only on foot; public transport is forbidden without your official guide) kindly wrote a small menu in Tibetan for me so that I could order real food in ...
... top. Another thing ticked off the bucket list :) Day 7 - Today we drove back to Lhasa and had a few short stops along the way. The first stop was at Palkor Monastery which was pretty much the same as all the other monasteries! Next we went to see the Karola glacier which is 5560m above sea level and is the second highest glacier in Tibet (after Everest). The glacier was pretty spectacular and we were tempted to take a photo of ourselves in front of it and pretend it was Everest but ...
... doing this. It is so punishing to the body. Devotion is palpable watching this kind of grueling act of belief.
Buddhist monks are everywhere, mingling with the crowds, doing kitchen duty in the temples and monasteries, shopping just like you and I, and of course, chatting on their cell phones.
But back to the kora---three times around the Barkhor we went, achieving MUCH inner peace with impulse buying. You follow the crowd in the ...
... new city, with the marks of Chinese colonisation all over it. The number of police alone in the city seem to outnumber the Tibetans. On the plus side, everything is immaculately clean.
Yet, Lhasa seems to lack any charm or character, usually accumulated by years of history, which the Chinese have now succeeded in wiping out. A sad loss for the Tibetans and as well as the tourists visiting the city. But there are a few spots in the city where some atmosphere can ...
As far as I know the journey today is well over 300km
and believe me that is a long way aboard one of these old bikes. The good thing
is though that its all tar roads the whole way and and at least these old bikes
are quite comfy with their sprung seats.
We left the hotel at about 8am and headed out of this
rather busy town. We had to keep as close together as possible as the last thing
we wanted was to loose one of the gang.
Soon we are on ...