Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Broken down in Tibet

Well like every good trip through impoverished countries (or territories as this case may be) a break down by the side of the road is bound to happen at least once. We were on our way back from Tashilhunpo Monastery when our van started making horrible sounds and smoke was appearing from the back. We proceeded on, as every good tour leader would do. Only every couple of miles we'd stop, go to the side of the road to grab water (or slimy nasty stuff sometimes) and pour it on the tires. Eventually we came to a shanty town type spot where we stopped to get the car looked at. The fix was not to be too quick so after sitting around for an hour or so we hailed a van back to Everest. The new van was even smaller and less comfortable and we would proceed on for what seemed like the longest drive of the trip yet. Still, we made some fun from it.

The van being "fixed"

Looks like a coke ad. Some of the team, waiting for the van to be fixed or for anything to happen at all.

i try on a locals hat. me likey :) Does my Russian heritage show?

Adam and a local tibetan man drink some chaang

myself and a local getting very casual. the talk of marriage was even in the mix. her "apron" thing means she's married and when i commented on it she jokingly whisked it away to show me that she was free.

true love

and good laughs by all.


  1. Nice hat, hehe. Still, the wonderful thing about road trips is you can often find some pretty pic-worthy moments during little speed bumps like these. Seems like you had a fun time with the locals in Tibet!

  2. thanks for your kind words and thoughts harper. I loved the locals in Tibet. I mean once you get used to the smell and that they were sort of lazy, no work only prayer or eating/drinking odd yakk products. Also pretty much always drinking chaang(fermented barley drink) or beer. but that said they were kind and welcoming. Much better than the Han people in Tibet. :)