Excitement, Chaos, Heartaches, Hard Work
Yesterday we could not write because all fingers had remained crossed for so long that they looked more like chopsticks in untrained hands. Reason, simple, we had no concrete news of our boats and engines. Today they reached the train station and tomorrow when we open the crates and everything is fine, we all might even start breathing again. Any one who (or any of his close relatives) has ever organized an expedition (marriages and funerals don’t count as expeditions) would know the graph… Excitement > Chaos > Heartaches > Hard work > and Wow! We are in the third stage.
In the mean time we are having a great time exploring this beautiful city, Lhasa that is so old and we are sincerely working hard to find wherever the reflections of its olden times are hidden; in Monasteries, Crafts, Tankha paintings and even traditional food.
All of us have been to the Potala Palace. It is not easy getting there and we are not talking about the unending steps. First you have to get your permit, which may not be for the day you planned, then you get your 100 Yuan ticket and a guide, and then the gates of this magnificent piece of architecture open. You are ushered into a world of antiques and religious artifacts that would have few parallel in the world. But if some was to ask what is the most amazing thing about Tibet, friends the answer would be ‘Yak’. Yes, you can ride it, milk it, wear it, eat it and even after rendering all those services it’s head can still adorn your walls.
People say but for Nile there would have been no Egypt, well but for Yak there would have been no Tibet.