Somehow the return journey didn’t seem as long as the outbound one. The road (such as it was) even seemed familiar in a few places. We made a quick stop at the top of the pass –

where some of the mountain peaks were occasionally visible through clouds and trees

where some of the mountain peaks were occasionally visible through clouds and trees


Since they were closed the other day, we made a stop in Thimphu at the Thimphu Institute for Zorig Chusum also known as the Arts and Crafts Institute. Young people can learn, in a four year program traditional skills of sculpture, woodcarving, embroidery, painting, or weaving, all with a traditional and religious bent.

The weaving student’s studio was closed to visitors ……

Back in the bus, it was on to Paro and lunch (note, this is about 1300 after an 0730 start) followed by a visit to the Fortress. Dating again from ~ the 17th Century it has been rebuilt multiple times and repaired after fires. It was a comfortable hike up the hill followed by a flight of stairs to the entrance.

Oh – did I mention the wind. Mornings are fairly peaceful. But the wind in the afternoon makes that of Chicago feel like a mild breeze. Seriously this is wind that doesn’t take prisoners, more than willing to create windchill in an otherwise lovely afternoon.

Anyway – the Fortress now houses administrative offices for the local area, a hostel for the monks who live there and mind the temple. And, IMG_2788

As you review the courtyard and building, I don’t think there are any US/Canadian/European Courts which have quite the same ambience.

On the way back to the hotel we drove past tomorrow’s adventure – a hike up to the Tiger’s Nest.

see that little white dot halfway up the cliff face?

see that little white dot halfway up the cliff face?

No, didn’t think so.

a bit clearer

a bit clearer

at maximum zoom on my little point and shoot. Should be interesting. We are making an early start to avoid both groups of others and wind. Total distance is about 3.5km and an elevation of 3120 meters and a measly 900 meters elevation climb. Well, actually more since we have to go up to the second rest stop to go down to the bridge, stairs and then back up. I’m taking both cameras and both lens. Tomorrow you (hopefully) will see my version of the classic tourist photos….

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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