Sunset on Shishapangma from Base Camp
from Lhasa --
pay more than 50% of the asking price in Tibet.
never really lived until you've been yelled at by a monk. So make sure you
don't take any photos of a room in the Norbulinka summer palace when you're
count your eggs (or fixed lines) until they are in hand. So if your porter or
the mountain guide association contact are charging you an order of magnitude
higher than you expected to pay for fixed lines, try and think of
alternatives--even if it is 6:30 pm on the night before you are leaving town
for seven weeks. For example, grab your local guide Mima and driver Tsering
and head down to Barkor Square to scour the mountaineering shops (all two) for
inexpensive fixed line. If you have no luck there, try one of the smaller
local alleyways that will contain perhaps 3 sellers per ten feet and look for
inexpensive rope. If the first one you see has only a limited supply, try the
next seller across the way. Once they offer you a price that is an order of
magnitude less than that of your mountain association, refer to lesson #1.
Then smile as you put 600 meters of fixed line into a huge plastic sack and go
Meditation rooms, bedrooms, and throne rooms can be independent or the same
room. Just ensure that you have offered wheat or money to the protective diety
and added butter to the burning butter lamps before heading out on a two month
Excessive standardization will very quickly destroy culture.
inside palaces can be very steep. So if you are touring the Potala Palace, you
might want to use the hand rail.
forget your hand sanitizer and Kleenex, and don't forget your pen and paper
appearing naturally out of sandalwood are very important.
designing a summer palace, make sure to include funds for gardening and ground
upkeep, and don't just focus on putting in bathrooms.
out for electric motorcycles zooming through the small aisle when looking
through the squid, beef tongue, squirming eels, or pigs feet at the local
you find something you appreciate and value, remember that, communicate that,
and act on it.
leave Lhasa and head to Shigatse!
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