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18-09-13 Shigatse to
Today was to be another one of those early starts and
when my alarm went off at 06h15 I simply felt like switching it off and going
back to sleep. As we are still up at about 3400m, the altitude certainly seems
to want to make one sleep non stop. Energy wise it simply knocks one for hell
... arm open on a corner of the stairway. It was not pretty. And then when I got to the security check point, they wouldn't let me through without my papers which our guide Johnny had and he was on the other side of security. Finally they let me through and we got it settled in time to make the plane.
The ride was smooth and we flew over the Himalayas. They started out green then gave way to just rocks ...
... we got settled in...boy was breathing tough, we hiked up to hang our prayer flags. I have been waiting to do this since I had first heard about it so many years ago. Boy were we winded heading up that small peak. The altitude was something else and we had to rest a few times. Lopsung and a local man helped to string them across. We were all so happy and excited and truly, truly appreciative to have this experience. Wait til you see the pics and I was only using my cell phone. ...
... by the 20s when sati was abolished, and a few rich of Kathmandu had piped water and electricity, the majority, over 90%, continued to live in a feudal state. The status quo was protected by isolating Nepal. It became a forbidden nation with few foreigners admitted save a few for the British Residency. At that time expeditions to Everest had to go the long route round via Tibet. But new ideas and modernisation could not be kept out. The murdered King ...
... of long horns and Tibetan monks at the Potala Palace have been replaced by hundreds of loud Chinese tourists and crowd control police wearing orange overalls. The surrounds of the palace is filled with banks, ugly concrete buildings, large billboards and many shops. The best thing to do was to block out such grotesque metamorphism and imagine what it would have been like when Dalai Lama once lived here. Although I ...
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This hotel was fab and certainly worth paying the price for. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly
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