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Entries from May 2010

johkang temple

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

one of the most sacred and important temples in tibet, the johkang temple is situated in central lhasa. many pilgrims do prostations in front of the temple.  some circuit the jokhang that way and few of them even made their way to lhasa in that fashion over 100 or 100o’s of miles. let us talk […]

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potala palace

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

the first morning in lhasa we took the bus to the potala palace, once the residence of the dalai lama. the palace is divided into the red and the white part. the original red part was built in the 7th century and was later extended by the fifth dalai lama and since then also used […]

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hotel live

May 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

we stayed at a wonderful hotel, an old restored mansion. with a good restaurant and wonderful people to share the food with. lucia trying to lend raphael some of her hair. …and a roof terrace to read a book or to simply spend some time away from the group… because there were some troubles involved in […]

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group activities

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

on our way back from the monastery we witnessed the rehearsal of a whole school for a coming festival. dancing to traditional tibetan music in the schoolyard. in the evening we met in tashi’s restaurant to celebrate laura’s birthday. our guides organized the birthday cake and khatags, the traditional tibetan scarf. it was a nice […]

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tashilhunpo monastery

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

after two days of sitting mostly in the bus we made our first stop to visit the monastery in shigatse. in some areas taking photographs is strictly prohibited as it was in the maitreya temple in which a 26 meter golden buddha sits on his lotus throne. in other rooms pictures are allowed if you […]

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tibet

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

on the evening of the 30th of april i was supposed to pick up my passport from the agency and leave the next morning with a bus towards the chinese border. when i reached the agency i was told that we are leaving in half an hour. in streets people were already gathering for a […]

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