Reting Monastery

Trip Start Aug 05, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Today we had a 7 hour drive over to another monastery. The wheels on the bus indeed do go round and round. And round. And round. Have to say though, the scenery was just spectacular all the way. There wasn't a whole lot to do though so i played with my camera and found a whole lot of new cool functions. Unfortunately, i also almost ran the battery flat. So i had to ration my photos for the rest of the camping trip to make sure i still had some left for a few pics along the way.

In the afternoon we came across a river with 2 bridges. The first bridge was a suspension bridge and had a 5 ton limit. The bus was too tall to go through the safetfy bar so there was no way we were going across that bridge. Next to that one was as old looking bridge witha 15 ton limit. It had a chain gate across though with a sign in chinese. Turns out that sign said 'closed for repair'. I had visions of turning around and driving 10 hours back to lhasa to get around to where we were going.

Our local guide Dawa walked across and found someone in the town. They came down and opened the gate for us. No one was game enough to stay on the bus so we all jumped off and watched it cross hoping every second that the bridge didnt fall apart. It did make it safely across though so we all crossed on foot jumped on our bus and continued our journey.

We got into the Reting monastery late in the afternoon. It really was in a lovely position. It's surrounded by these old juniper trees which look like huge bonsais all over the mountain side. The Dalai Lama has actually said that if he ever returned to Tibet that this is where he would live.

We walked up the mountain a little way and did some yoga on the side of the mountain overlooking the valley and the snow capped mountains behind that. It was really so beautiful. Doing yoga and meditation there was great. It really gave a different edge to the trip. On a normal trip you would go somewhere like that, stand around for a while and think about how beautiful it is. But sitting there for an hour doing yoga and then just sitting still and watching really just makes it even more amazing.

That night we slept in the guest house at the monastery. There were so many dogs hanging out there. The monks feed the dogs so monasteries tend to end up with a lot of stray dogs. The previous night i had very little sleep because there was a dog in the distance who was barking all night. I seemed to be the only one who heard it though, everyone else had a great sleep. This night i wasnt expecting to get any sleep with all the dogs there. I slipped a sleeping pill in the hopes that it might help me get some rest. Next thing i woke up all refreshed and hadn't budged at all through the night. Everyone else however complained about the dogs barking all night. The tables were turned.
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