From Thimphu to Punakha

I’m always struck by how much one smiles on these trips to Bhutan.  Pandora and Jade said it best when they both commented, “I haven’t smiled this much in years!  My mouth hurts from smiling all the time!” If there is one thing I can say about travel to Bhutan and our interactions with folks here, it’s that it is joyous in a kind of fundamental way.  Just being in this place changes your perspective.  I’m not going to even try to describe why or how this change happens: it just does.

So here we are, like a bunch of silly folks, barreling down the road, smiling all the way.  We are goofy, silly, and lively as we visit the National Library, the Zorig Chusum or school for the establishment of culture, and the Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, a place where sacred paper is manufactured for monasteries and nunneries around the country.

The photos tell much of the story of today.  The internet connection is terrible here in Punakha, so you may or may not see some of the photos. I’ll post more as we get to a better connection.

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The National Library
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Shrines on every floor of the building
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Namgay telling the story of Bhutan
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National Library
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The School for Culture
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Carving Class
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Embroidery Class
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Drawing Class I
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Drawing class 4
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Handmade Paper
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Cooking the plant fiber
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Creating the paper from the pulp
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The wet paper ready to press
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Stacked and ready for delivery
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Dochui-la Pass, 10,000 feet
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Meditation Caves, Dochu-la Pass
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and of course, more food.
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The Entrance to the Temple of the Divine Madman
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Namgay telling us a fantastic tale of the Divine Madman
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Rainbow over Punakha Dzong
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