Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
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... gré d'en faire autant dans vos correspondances avec moi pour éviter des situations embarrassantes. Merci de votre compréhension.
Yes, Lhasa at last, first because after a 43 hour train ride, I'm happy to be here and secondc because I think many of you are anxious to read about my trip to Tibet.
So I left Beijing on Saturday evening at 8 pm. I was advised to be at the railway station early which I did, and thanks to the nice staff, I found my wagon and my sleeper ...
For some reason, high altitude has resulted in some rather odd dreams and I spent a restless night because of them, but eventually it was time to get up, shower, dress, pack and then repack when various overlooked items, such as a shirt I washed the previous evening hanging in the bathroom, were discovered. We went down to breakfast, couldn't find any spoons, refused the cold fried eggs thrust at us and then managed to get what we needed ...
... and we had our backs to the monk, he suddenly started crashing two cymbals together very noisily, which made us both jump out of our skins. I am sure he knew what would happen because when we turned round laughing, he was smiling sheepishly. Then we went to the Sera Monastery to see the famous debating monks. We had heard that some people think that the monks do it for the tourists, but we didn't think so. The monks were divided into three groups; novices, intermediates ...
... kept concentrated on the street, hoping to not throw up or make an accident! :/
Samye Monastery and the pray hill
Once in Samye, the monastery was almost closes, so we had to postpone the tour to the morning after. But we still had the time to enjoy the warm day and to climb the hill full of pray flags.
On the top, the wind started to blow stronger and all the colored pray flags waved around us.
We kept going to climb till the top where a ...
... not heated & the carpet in the room is not only stained, but has not even been vacuumed.
Except for Tibet, all of our trip has been arranged with China Odyssey. For the Tibet portion, I used Tibet Highlands Tours. I may not be able to free Tibet, but while here I can use a company owned by Tibetans, run by Tibetans, & only employees ...