Kaila Choenzem Guest House
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... The family were just lovely, 2 teenage sons & 1 teenage daughter, and a younger daughter of 10 with the rosiest red cheeks, and an 80 year old grandpa who couldn't hear much but sat smiling and softly chanting. The two boys could speak English, so between that, Tenzin our driver translating and some gestures we managed to get by very well. With the bukara lit and the heat starting to pump we sat crosslegged on the floor and shared milk tea.
... our visits to Kurjey and Thangbi Goembas.
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... growing apples and potatoes (not much else grows there, however there is a government research farm which is testing other crops). These farms are owned by Tibetan refugees. They're considered political refugees and accepted by the Bhutanese even though they have been at war in the past. When the snows come the people migrate to the valley spending those cold months in a tent.Eventually, our churning stomachs intact, we made it to Punakha. This was ...
... to the festival on a wing and a prayer and climbed the steep slope up to the Dzong and main arena where hundreds of people were already gathered and many more were forming a queue to receive a blessing. We had not arrived early enough to see the main spectacle which was the unveiling of a huge (approx. 30m square) ‘thangka’ (an ancient decorative scroll) which is ceremonially unfurled and hung in front of one of the temple buildings annually and put away before ...
... respecting their privacy though to be honest I would have loved to have taken some portrait photographs of the elders in the group in their traditional dress and walking boots.
A lovely young guy called Sono offered us a cup of butter tea made with yak butter, of course we said yes, completely forgetting to refuse at least three times before accepting which is the traditional Bhutanese way. It tasted salty and faintly of feta cheese and was ...