Final Statement

Other than the rest of our visit in Ya’an and Chengdu, which didn’t consist of much activity, that concludes my journey to the Tibetan Plateau. This truly was the experience of a lifetime. As for my two cents about the politics surrounding Tibet: now...

Big Daddy's Day from Hell

Mon. June 18th       Big Daddy’s Day from Hell               Today was Big Daddy’s day from hell. We were on our way to Ya’an, a 7-hour drive. We were about an hour into it when he starts having trouble shifting into different...

Kandy's and Doug's Stories

Kandy's and Doug’s Stories                      After that Doug was itching for a beer so we went up to the café owned by a lady from Boulder, CO. The café was a really nice little place, decked out with Tibetan décor. She cooked American...

Big Daddy's Story

Big Daddy’s Story                    I think I already mentioned before our unique group, and I meant what I said. Everyone had their own interesting story to tell and brought something different to the group that nobody else could. It...

Tagong, the Orphanage

Fri. June 15th       The Orphanage               The next morning Abu gave us a tour of his monastery. Except for it being the oldest Monastery in the Kham region of Tibet, it didn’t look much different than the others we had gone...

To Tagong

To Tagong               Today was a long day with not much action. It was the day that we drove form Yoloshi back to Sihurong to replace the useless charge controller with another one that, as I mentioned much earlier, did not work either....

Group Meditation

Group Meditation               Meditation has never been my thing. The few times that I have actually tried I end up thinking about my socks, or who invented the pickle, or why most animals can’t whistle. So when Kenpo offered to guide us...

3-15: First Night in Bogota

3-15: First Night in Bogota               After ten hours of plane rides, 8 hours of waiting in airports, and various other hours of free time, I have still only read five more pages of a book that I have been working on since the end of high...

Wed. June 5th: Class Meeting

            After the Panda Breeding Center we ate lunch, went to the bank, and walked through the park. At 4 o’clock we had our class meeting where we were thoroughly briefed on what we could expect on the trip and so on. This meeting was mostly led...

Thanksgiving

  24 November                                                                                                                          Thanksgiving             I have to admit, we made the most of our Chinese Thanksgiving. Our literature teacher...