My second highlight of the expedition was the friendly Tibetan locals. Every day when we put in, a group of locals greeted us with laughter and kindness. Each one was eager to help and I think that every Tibetan girl had a big crush on me. They would smile and giggle and sit next to me. One night, a group of Tibetans came to our camp who were a little different. They were super wild and one was a little creepy. He constantly made rude hand signs to me which I should not explain. Except for the one evening, we all left with great feelings towards their exotic culture.
|Blair, our Kiwi Guide, and the Local Kids|
The boating and travel experience was made even more special by the spectacular scenery. Every day we boated through mazes of mountains with snow covering the peaks. Beside the river, grazing through the green grass, were herds of Yaks. For those who do not know, Yaks are big shaggy mammals with horns and hoofed feet. Crossing the river from cliff to cliff were beautiful prayer flags and bridges. I have never been in a more peaceful place in my entire life.
|At 4,900 meters|
I loved my Tibetan experiences and hope to visit again one day. I am sorry, I have not written for so long. Unfortunately, I will not be able to write reliably over the next few weeks. Tomorrow morning, we begin a four day drive from Lhasa to Nepal. We may not have internet connection along the way. Once in Nepal, we will be leaving on an eleven day trek and will return to Katmandu around the sixteenth of October. I will try to write when possible. I love all of you reading.
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