Tibet - Tantalizing

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Dec 30, 2008

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Flag of China  , Xizang,
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tibet - I came here largely to see Everest and the Himalayas. I leave having been blown away by a singularly unique country.

This is a place of superlatives: the blue-est skies I've ever seen, amongst the nicest most-humble people I've ever met, perhaps the tastiest meat (yak) I've ever tried, and - of course - the incomparable Himalayas - words nor fotos can do this fantastic mountain range justice.

Visiting Tibet is stepping back into history - things happen slower & people are nicer. Their devotion to Bhuddism & the Dalai Lama translates into a zest for living each day without the zealous pursuit of material goods that defines so much of the world. They never seem too busy or impatient - they're always willing to lend a hand or share a tale.

The only negativism I perceived was reserved for the 2 nations that have invaded them in the past 100 years: the British Empire (back in its hey-day) and China. Make no mistake about it - no matter what the regime in Beijing says - Tibetans to a man would prefer their independence (even if it means poverty) to being part of the economic freight train that is China....

Enjoy the pics!!! I've included a bunch since this land is soooo enchanting!!!

ALSO, A HUGE SHOUT OUT to my dear friends Oliver & Nandita Keswani-Koehler for their incredible travel tips and endless patience in guiding me on this trip. It ain't often I find someone who has traveled to region I haven't, and their knowledge & attitude were a gift.
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