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Thimphu Dzongkhag

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  • Day14

    Thimphu I

    May 10, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ 🌬 25 °C

    Thimphu I
    After a good night’s sleep after no waking up tea we had breakfast at the hotel. We already miss the food of Nima, our cook on the trek. We are still amazed what delicious meals we got served during those 9 days. We were picked up by Tenzin to visit different museums. The first one was called ‘simply Bhutan’, it was a some houses where the bhutanese culture were explained. For example, house building is with mud, so they stamp the mud. Since they will inevitably kill insects by doing it they sing a song of forgiveness. We could taste Ara, the local wine made of rice and also butter tea. During the tea session they danced and sang for us. We were the only tourists in this big room and we felt akward. Tenzin said later he had fun watching us because we looked a bit lost. I guess we were. The dancing was lovely. We then could perform some archery, I failed particularly, Lilian was a natural. I like this kind of museums. Next was the handcrafts museum, or more showroom since there are young people learning one of the 13crafts that are existing in the buthanese culture. Quite impressive. The funniest moment was when a Indian lady stopped Lilian and me. First we thought she wanted to take us a picture of her, but no, she wanted a picture with us. That was a comical situation.
    The afternoon was lazy and full of time to spend and just wonderful.
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  • Day15

    Thimphu II

    May 11, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ 🌬 25 °C

    Today we first visited the memorial stupa that was a dream of the third king, but he passed away before fulfilling that. So his wife did it two years after his death in 1974. A wonderful stupa, we could even go inside and see the figures. As in all holy sites you are not allowed to take pictures and you have to take off your shoes. After that we went up to see the big buddha overseeing the town. It was built and sponsored by the Chinese and honestly, it didn’t feel like being in Bhutan visiting that place. Nevertheless impressing sight. Then Tenzin made us see the oldest Dzong constructed in 1626 a bit further out of the city. Beautiful building with so much detailed paintings and woodcraft. The highlight of the day for me were the Tarkins. We went up to the reserve that was a zoo before. They didn’t like the idea of having animals in captivity so they closed to zoo. Since the Tarkin stayed around they decided to do a reserve. There are also other animals in the park but just few of them. The Tarkin is a very unique animal. In their belief one of the guru (I’ll tell more about that particular guru later on) after a meal took the head of a goat and the body of a pig and made the Tarkin. It is the national animal and it really looks funny. We went then for lunch, had a chat with another Swiss couple on tour with the same treking company as we were and visited the weekend market. That one was in the old days only open on weekends, since the demands grew higher it is closed now only on monday and tuesday. Bhutan banned plastic bags so you get everything in a stoff-bag. We could do that in Switzerland, too. After the market we were again free. We went for a last shopping trip, a coffee and a little walk. It is the last evening of Lilian since she is flying back tomorrow. I have another five days in that amazing country. I will have to take my own picture now since Lilian did the job for me. I am a very lazy photographer as Tenzin pointing it out very accurately. After diner we had a cocktail at our favorite spot in Thimphu.Read more

  • Day24

    National Memorial Chhorten

    November 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Things are slow to change in Bhutan. That was evident when we went to the Bank of Bhutan to exchange some money. I saw deposit slips and withdrawal slips all to be hand written for the said purpose. Getting our money changed was all hand recorded in a ledger. The style of buildings hasn’t changed and the height of buildings is limited by the constitution of the country.

    That being said, when they erected the Memorial Chorten in 1974 to honour the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, they didn’t try to stretch the boundaries much. As you can see, it looks a lot like some of the other Stupas we have documented.
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  • Day24

    Arts & Crafts school

    November 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Not my cup of tea, but I think DIanne liked it here. The sewing machines still have a pedal, but have been upgraded with power motors. There are many talented kids here. These were actual classes we visited. Sewing the first, metal works, painting, embroidery and sculpting.Read more

  • Day26

    We did it!

    November 16, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Descending the mountain is more dangerous, but less tiring than the climb. Even so, it is hot now and my quads are aching. We all rented some poles for the journey this morning and they do come in handy but as poles go, these are not much better than a stick you find on the trail. Sounds like the lament of a Prima Donna.Read more

  • Day26

    Country Luncheon

    November 16, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We have planned a tradition Bhutanese lunch today around a farm close to Paro. The farm seems prosperous considering the size of the farm house. We are led into a windowless room that is decorated with water carrying skins and a hide satchel, all from yesteryear. I think this could be interesting because I know DIanne is not as adventurous as I am when it comes to food and Liz and Alan eve less than she is. However, they are all polite. Should be fun.
    First on the menu is butter tea. They didn’t say what kind of butter; I immediately think Yak. The tea is strong and flavourful. For more enjoyment we add home made Rice Krispies to the tea. Its good, but you need a spoon to finish it. The food comes out all at once. Pumpkin soup, cooked radishes, steamed cabbage, pork belly, cheese chilli, (the national dish), beef with rice noodles and red rice. There was was way more food than we could eat. The most fun dish was the cheese chilli. It looked inviting and tame. Dianne got a little rice and a couple of forks full of it in her mouth before she realizes the heat that was generated by the chillies. Her eyes were watering as she pushed the rest of hers on to my plate.
    Everyone did great. We tried everything and ate our fill. There was a milk tea for cooling your mouth if needed. We were all hungry after our morning hike and this was the perfect meal.
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  • Day26

    Topo 6; Topo 7

    November 16, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I mentioned the farm was prosperous. They have a side business that offers herbal baths, in a wooden tub, with water heated by river stones. The four of us are looking for something extra after the hike and this seems like a fun thing to do. We all get a look at the backside of the tubs and where they heat the stones. All you have to do is yell out Topo 6 to get more hot stones in your bath water and a hotter tub. Dianne and I share a room with 2 baths. So do Liz and Alan. I’m in tub 6 and she is in tub 7. I yell out topo 6 and soon I have more hot stones in my tub along with some fresh herbs. Just between you and me, the herbs could have been weeds grown at the side of the road, but whatever, they smelled nice. Dianne yells out topo 7 and more stones and weeds appear for her. Between the four of us we keep our boy pretty busy for 45 minutes or so. Topo means more stones in case you havens guessed. It felt great after the hike.Read more

  • Day24

    Making paper

    November 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Himalayan traditional paper making in the Jungshi Factory. We were shown the soaking, cooking, washing, sorting, pounding, mixing with starch, sheets of paper laid out , dried and sorted piece by piece. Incredible! New appreciation of paper making.Read more

  • Day25

    Kira and Gho

    November 15, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In the spirit of our Canadian Prime Minister, we all dressed up in traditional Bhutanese clothing to demonstrate our cultural sensitivity. The women wear a kira (long skirt and jacket) the men a gho. We thought we looked pretty good. The girls liked their outfits with the skirts and jackets. I think my outfit would take too much time for me to dress myself, and I don’t have a butler to help.Read more

  • Day20

    Home for tonight

    May 20, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We are now at our Hotel it is not grand but it is OK. We only stay here 1 night and then we head back to Paro.

    We have finished dinner which is all included in the tour it was not the best especially for my tummy but John enjoyed some of the food.

    Just finishing a few things before we watch a movie.

    Fit bit Stats

    8529 Steps
    28 flights of stairs
    5.9 Km
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