We woke up in our moldy Jiegu hotel two mornings ago. At first, we had to do some shopping for our clinic. At the market, we bought food, hats, and vegetables. Also in the market, eager sales men sold skinned Yak heads. This was hard for me to accept, and to write about. The market was very chaotic. Loud generators were running, and people and honking cars were dodging each other. The muddy streets were filled with people from different ethnic groups: Han Chinese, Tibetan, and three Caucasians.
After we finished shopping at the market place, we had to go get gas. This may sound easy to you...but Jiegu Town after the earthquake a year ago, is unique. The streets are a mixture of rubble, half way built buildings, tents, chaos, shops in tents, and lines...long lines. The first two gas stations we visited were closed. The third gas station had a line of 18 cars, and only one pump. This gave us two hours to have a peaceful lunch in a tent next to the line of cars. Amazingly, the cook of the restaurant happened to recognize my mom from her visit in Surmang, her home village, 16 years ago. This was a high light of the trip for Mom. The woman told us that her husband died in the earthquake.
|Chaos at the Gas Line|
|Construction on the Pipe Blocking our Entrance|
The drive to Surmang was astonishingly beautiful. There were high mountains and Buddhist prayer flags. Along the bumpy dirt road, we saw nomad tents and kids my age herding yaks. We arrived late in the evening, to be greeted by all the friendly people in the clinic. Yesterday I recovered from altitude, and laid low. Today, I am doing school work, but I managed to have some time to play soccer with the local monk kids. We also flew kites. I am excited to explore the rest of Surmang, and become settled down for the first time on this trip!
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