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... more complicated words. Who would use the word "styrofoam" when the person you're speaking to has already indicated that they don't know what you're saying?
Translation books/apps can be useful if you speak you're own language well but let's play a game. Who can guess what Rajiv wants when he translates the following sentence. I'll give you one clue: It is in a restaurant.
"Remove heat from body"
This morning at breakfast, we compared notes and discovered that several folks had a rough night because of the altitude. Kerry and I were good enough to participate in the days activities. First, a visit to the history museum. Opened in 1995, built by the Chinese, it covers Neolithic through the present. Well done, but with obvious Chinese propaganda explaining the 1959 overthrow of the Dalai Lama. We had an hour and it was ...
Having already spent three days in Lhasa at an altitude of 3600 metres above sea level, today we were set to test our altitude acclimatization levels with a further climb of 1000 metres to have a view of Yamdrok-tso Lake, one of the sacred lakes of Tibet. The drive from Lhasa was to take an hour and a half, so we also had the opportunity to see much more of the Tibetan landscape. Jake mentioned that ...
Well getting there is really half the fun isn't it? Turns out, if you LIVE in China getting to Tibet is relatively easy, just some fees and you have to book a tour (Chinese Law) and once you do they'll take care of most of it for you. However, before you get there you're still in China and things can go a bit sideways.
It all began, interestingly, back in Minnesota. Some how there was an oddly Deja Vu feeling to it, coming back to China ...
... off of the antique
murals, statues and tapestries and thangkhas (scroll paintings) the air
is thick with incense and anticipation as thousands of Tibetans pay
homage day and night.
The wide pedestrian street that wanders around the Jokhang temple is also souvenir central, crammed with stalls where vendors sell prayer shawls, silver jewelry, wall hangings and just about anything that screams "I've been to Tibet." It's a ...