This morning, I woke up and did a lesson of math, before today’s big hike. We left the clinic armed with cameras, sunscreen, lunch, and water bottles. Initially, we hitchhiked about a mile down our valley to a village where we crossed into the TAR (Tibetan Autonomous Region) and began our hike up another river valley.
|Bon Monastery at Start of Hike|
Along our path, we saw many shaggy yaks and horses. I noticed an interesting horse behavior; it was almost like the horses were kissing.
Halfway along our hike, one of Dad’s patients came out of his house and invited us in for hot water and noodles. Inside the home, big red beams painted with traditional Tibetan patterns supported the ceiling. The room had a brick floor, and we sat on carpets with dragons, and Tibetan symbols. It was cool that we were able to communicate with the family with only a few phrases of Tibetan. As we watched the man’s wife put yak dung in the stove with the same hand she later used to wipe out our soup bowls. We looked at each other and shrugged. Dad said, “That’s why we brought the Cipro.”
|Inside of Family's Colorful House|
In another room, the family had a large stack of yak skins. I was not quite sure of the use of all these skins. It did not look like the family had anything for turning yak skins into coats. It just looked like they had 100 yak skins mothballed. If that were the case, it was sad that they killed all those yaks for no reason.
|View into Room with Yak Skins|
|Dad with Father of the Family|
|Mom of the Family with Son|
|Monk at the Family's House|
Later on our walk, we came upon a rather plain looking stupa and monastery. The Stupa looked old and crumbling. The monastery also looked very old. It didn’t have the typical colorful Tibetan decorations. At the old Stupa and Monastery, we turned around, and headed back to our valley. From there, we hitched a ride with a Chinese construction truck back to the clinic.
|Old Stupa with Monastery Above|
We are now in our peaceful clinic watching the sun go down. Here in Surmang, it gets dark quickly, and we have to be efficient with all of our evening work. For dinner we had home made noodles. If you have not already noticed, noodles are part of our regular food agenda.
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