August - September 2019
  • Day19

    Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    September 16, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Main city in the North of Sri Lanka and the main city in the Tamil portion of the country. First is the largest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka. The Tamil are majority Hindu. The rest of the country is majority Buddhist. The second pic looks in from out front as no indoor pictures are allowed. Next is Saint Mary's Cathedral, the largest in the North followed by a look inside. Finally is a street scene in the city. Folks here are wondering if the monsoon might come early this year. I hope not. Otherwise it's gonna be a wet couple of weeksRead more

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  • Day15

    Everest Base Camp

    September 12, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Tibet side of Mt Everest. The first three pics are Everest at dawn. 4th is the monument honoring the geophysical determination of the elevation at the top of Everest. 5th looks at part of EBC, and the last is some of the scenery around EBC.Read more

  • Day13

    Tibet scenes

    September 10, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Overlooking the Bramhaputra River. Lake Yamdrok. Yaks dressed up for tourists. Karola glacier. Tibet mountain road, and the crazy part is you can't see the half of it.

  • Day12

    Sera monastery

    September 9, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Another Buddhist monastery. The main event here is the monks debating. The first 4 pictures look at the gate and buildings. The last 2 look at the monks in active debate. This is a high energy enterprise, with one questioner and one answerer. There is lots of clapping and stamping during the process as the monks test themselves against each other.Read more

  • Day12

    Potala Palace

    September 9, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Dating to the 7th century, it was updated by the 5th Dalai Lama In the 17th century when it became the residence of the Dalai Lama and center of Tibetan governance.
    The first pic is of the palace from ground level. Note the stepped walls. That edges a stairway up about 10 stories to the entrance. The next three are internal courtyards. Again, no indoor photos here. The palace house a vast collection cultural relics and is effectively the Tibetan culture treasure house. And it is spectacular. The 5th picture looks at an area at the foot of the palace near the entrance. The last picture is from the side to give a sense of the ridge the palace is built on.Read more

  • Day11

    Jahong Monastery, Lhasa

    September 8, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The first monastery in Tibet and the place from where Buddhism spread throughout Tibet. It is also the home of the only statue in the world of the Buddha at 12 years old dating from his lifetime.
    The first three pictures are taken around the central courtyard. The last two are of the typical activity at the entrance.Read more

  • Day11

    Lhasa

    September 8, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Capital of Tibet. Most of what is here of significance has to do with Tibetan Buddhism, and that is covered in other posts. Most of the rest of the city is reminiscent of other cities in China. 1st is an overview of the city taken from Potala Palace, followed by a few pictures of what remains of the old town. Last is a fountain at night.Read more