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

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

We spent Wednesday doing some final shopping. Mark and I left the group and went to a bar right near the center of town and had a couple of beers overlooking the main square for lunch. It was a very relaxing day. I think the buy of the day was Marks yellow hat. See the pics... need i say more.

For dinner, we found a nice restaurant which served Aussie wine and had a couple of nice bottles of Penfolds with dinner. We were getting closer and closer to western civilization again.

Mark and I wanted to at least head out to a Lhasa bar on our last night in Tibet. The only other person who came with us was Larry. I haven't really said much about our group. We had such a great group of people.

Larry - Hilarious. Mark and Larry spent the entire time at the back of the pack cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. Larry was just such a lovely happy person and really made the trip. He was the oldest in teh group.
Jenn - She is very cool, was the youngest of the group at 28. She is also a yoga teacher and lives in DC. Shes moving to Peru for a few months to do volunteer work so we're going to try to meet up with her down there.
Lars - a guy about our age who is very into adventure stuff. He has his own software company and loves travelling around the world. He lives just down the road from us in San Diego so we're going to catch up with him when we get back.
Dan - Our very talented yoga teacher. Very spiritual guy who has spent a lot of time in India and also teaches in costa rica.
Bud - Bud initially found the trip for his daughter, she couldnt make it but he liked the sound of it so decided to come on his own. Bud had a few life changing events including being diagnosed with cancer but surviving. He was so inquisitive about everything and loved collecting bits and pieces every where we went.
Lilly and Joe - a great couple who love travelling around the world. They have a house in montana and another in Miami. As a teenager, Lilly was in a band called Expose which apparently was quite big in the US so she was our famous person. Joe has such an interesting backgroup starting out in Cuba and having many different businesses and retiring quite young and enjoying his life.
Tenzin - Our fearless leader ... such a lovely guy. He was just so friendly and caring, as most tibetans seem to be.

So Larry, Mark and I went out to a bar. We tried to order 2 Jack and Cokes and a Vodka and red bull. The lady looked very sure that she understood what we wanted. She nodded and said yes, yes, ok. Then she came back with 2 shots of JD and a shot of vodka. No red bull, no coke. This is definately a trend, they pretend like they know what we're saying but actually have no idea. So we got some coke, they had no red bull even though she enthusiastically said yes.

Then we moved on and came across a bar with live music. There was a chinese guy playing his 3 stringed folk guitar thing and had this amazing voice. All 3 of us were enthralled. It was apparently very similar to throat singing which is popular through tibet, mongolia and tuva. We stayed there for an hour or so until he finished playing. We were knackered though so then we went to bed.
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