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... useful in winter when such vests come out.
And please, never ever ever get into a taxi before learning the fee or you are guaranteed to get screwed. Most drivers I've encountered pretend not to hear or understand "How much?" the first or second time I ask it. Insist on a price up-front and repeat it back to him to confirm. This might require getting into their face and/or walking away...and don't let them grab your bag before agreeing on ...
... pass. There we got a plate of momo's each for just 20 rupees a pop, and they were delicious, even if the sauce did blow your head off.
From Bhangsu we made our way further downhill into Mcleod Ganj. Mcleod Ganj would prove to be bigger again, a fully fledged town really if truth be told. It did have a nice touristy vibe, somewhat reminiscent of Pushkar. Certainly you get people that come here and end up staying for an extended period ...
... got a thumbs up from an old Tibetan nun who had her view improved as well. Finally a siren sounded and the Dalai Lama’s convoy arrived. They went through quickly but we unmistakeably caught sight of one of the most highly respected men in the world, Nobel Prize winner and renowned author, lecturer, and humanitarian. It was over in a moment but no question the experience was a very cool one!
Now late morning, we walked down to the Tibetan Library. ...
... to see where it was all being performed. TIPA, the Tibet in exile equivalent of the Australian Sydney Opera House, was quite a ramshackle building. It just made me sad over what they've been forced into, leaving behind proper facilities in China-occupied Tibet. But we all celebrated the Dalai Lama's birthday with a lot of gusto. The Tibetan people are really so cheerful, honest, sincere and friendly, and this was a perfect example.
It was an international group that started up the mountain that foggy, but not rainy, morning. Jason, Priscilla and I made up the American delegation; Jonathan, Uri, Mark and Jeremy the French; Oola was Polish; and Wobam, her boyfriend and two friends were Tibetan. We all had the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) in common - either employees of the organization or friends of an employee. Some of us were pretty fit (some of us even ...
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