Tea with a King

Exceedingly early morning, considering I am on holiday: up at 05:00. Once at the airport, I am faced with the usual mind-boggling burocracy, get papers from left, go to right

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Into the mouth of the dragon

30 minutes. That’s half of the time I spent talking trash with my friend Kay who gave me a ring around midnight to check up on me, it is exactly

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Are you going to the party?

Yep, waking up late again. I snoozed through the alarm but instead wake up to the sound of a missed call. Seems my friend Jasu has been trying to give

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Enter The Dragon: Redux

Last year’s succesful trip to Bhutan not only convinced me that I really wanted to spend more time in this country, but the knowledge that I had only scratched a

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Whirling monks

27/09/06 – 29/09/06 Wangdue Sure enough with Bless-ed Rainy Day over, the weather picked up and we started having sunshine and blue skies. Our journey back West was initially to

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Into the cultural heartland

My alarm goes off at seven in the morning. Drifting out from sleep my first conscious thought is that I don’t want to get up. I think about the joys

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The eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and other stories I cannot remember

Last day in Thimphu already. How dull! We have agreed to leave for the tsechu at 7 am to stand a chance against the expected crowd. This being the last

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A Royal Hike to the Tiger’s Nest

22/09/06 Taktstang – The Tiger’s Nest Taktsang Temple monastry is probably the most famous site in Bhutan and revered as a holy place built on the spot where Guru Rimpochey,

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The Sacred Bumthang Valley

25/09/06 – 26/09/06 Jakar, Bumthang province. We carried on further East into the Bumthang province – a 9 hour journey with an hour’s stop when we spotted a family of

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Finally underway!

At 3.30 in the morning I came to an abrupt halt just outside the hotel door. Standing there bag in hand just about to go down to the street and

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