Posted 10 months ago2019-07-12 15:26:44 UTC
satchmo satchmoWhat you can do today should have been done yesterday.
We're leaving for Tibet tomorrow. My entire family is going there for a medical mission, providing care and health education at rural Tibetan villages and orphanages.

We will refrain from making any political statement to avoid triggering the ire of the Chinese government. Chinese detainment center is not a part of our itinerary.

We will return in August.


Commented 10 months ago2019-07-12 22:21:00 UTC Comment #102159
I pray that you have a safe trip.
Do let me know if you see people selling various ox parts on the street.
Commented 10 months ago2019-07-13 00:19:40 UTC Comment #102160
Best of luck!
Commented 10 months ago2019-07-13 03:06:07 UTC Comment #102161
They don't have ox there. They have yaks.
Commented 10 months ago2019-07-14 18:38:28 UTC Comment #102162
Hope you won't have to fool Tibetan guards to wear alpinist sandals so that you can run away from them.
Have a fun time!
Commented 10 months ago2019-07-15 13:09:12 UTC Comment #102164
May as well give Everest a wee climb while you're there
Commented 9 months ago2019-08-06 22:09:08 UTC Comment #102204
I am back, and I found out how it feels to run uphill at 4,600 m (15,000 feet) altitude.

I say no thanks to Everest. :P
Commented 9 months ago2019-08-09 14:49:58 UTC Comment #102205
What was it like? Any good story to share?
Commented 9 months ago2019-09-06 12:38:15 UTC Comment #102251
We were told not to discuss politics during the trip, but all we did was talk about politics, with the Tibetan guide and other fellow travelers.

The Chinese government forces the Tibetans to display a portrait of the Chinese president in each household, and there were patriotic banners all over the country (both within Tibet and outside). Everywhere there were evidence of the Chinese propaganda machinery.

There were yaks everywhere, including in the middle of the street. Sometimes yaks would decide to take a nap in the middle of a busy street. There were yak dung everywhere too.

Tibetans are very friendly and gracious. We were invited to various household for meals by random strangers. We shared many meals with monks at monasteries.

The Tibetan houses are gigantic, because they usually house the entire extended family of about 20 people. Despite the size and exterior grandeur, many houses lack runny water.

The scenery was simply breathtaking. You can browse through hundreds of photos here.

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