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... of their lives, to pay homage to these special places.
The following day was monastery day! We started off by visiting the Drehpung Monastery, once Tibet's largest monastery, now more of a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and a base for the Chinese police. We were yet again, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of golden Buddha statues and ornate decoration, as well as the Yuan notes strewn everywhere by the worshippers who pushed and squeezed in front of us to do ...
... Goats and the other bikes ahead!! I
had to grab those brakes hard and get my speed down otherwise it might just have
been a goat supper tonight!!
By the time we get near the top section of the dam the
water is perfectly still like glass and makes for a perfect reflection shot of
the surrounding mountains.
When we left Shigatse this morning there was a bit of a
chill in the air but the sky was totally blue and the day ahead looked great.
However things ...
... for another 2-3 hours reading as best I could then finally drowsed in and out of sleep until 6 the next morning. I had survived but did not look forward to the next night at bush camp at a similar altitude. The only saving grace was being told this was a normal reaction and finding out some of the others had suffered worse than me. To prepare for the altitude Simon told us to drink drink drink (water) ...
... lovely to finally see some sign of him…and quite frankly I was a bit surprised we were allowed to see this part of the complex. Wonders will never cease OR am I just being cynical that this is where the gift shop was and obviously where most of the people come to see… Disney Tibet at its best.
The rest of the afternoon was spent getting **** done for the next leg of the journey and then we met for our final dinner. IT was to be a buffet ...
... afternoon (this mostly seemed to involve the angrily shouting at each other which wasn't quite what we expected!). We also saw children singing and dancing but it was explinaed they were actually working; as their rhymthic stampng was compacting the newly laid floor and this form of chanting is always used when doing construcion in the monastries.
In the evening we went to a small local restuarant with no menus or English speakers but ...