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The air up there: Inside Upper Mustang

May 19, 2011


So there I am in Kagbeni, the southern-most town of the District of Upper Mustang, about to cross the border with my two friends into the “restricted” area of northern Nepal, and I’m wondering, “What the heck will I find in this desolate land? By the time I’m done, I’ll have spent over $1,000 and […]

The air up there: An introduction

May 7, 2011


After a month-long hiatus from blogging, I’ve got a lot to share. But I’ll admit it’s mostly about Upper Mustang, a remote northern area in the Nepali Himalayan range where I spent two weeks in April. Getting up to and into Upper Mustang is no easy feat. As a “restricted zone,” foreign nationals are required […]

Tibetan Uprising Day

March 10, 2011


March 10 is a historical day for Tibetans: In 1959, Tibetans in the capital city of Lhasa surrounded Potala Palace to protect the Dalai Lama and fight back against the People’s Republic of China. Today March 10 is observed as “Tibetan Uprising Day” to commemorate the continuing struggle of Tibetans to free their country from […]

Living with Tibetan Refugees: Tashi Palkhiel

February 21, 2011


(In which we sleep poorly and breakfast with monks.) -The Last Stop- This is the third and final installment of our experiences living at Tibetan refugee settlements. I don’t want to overburden the reader, so I’m keeping the writing at a minimum—after two previous Tibetan settlement posts, there’s only so much more a person can […]

Living with Tibetan Refugees: Paljor Ling

January 31, 2011


(In which we make Tibetan bread and are inducted into the elderly women’s circle.) -Karma- Our second camp, Paljor Ling, defies Tibetan camp norms. Instead of being surrounded by trees, hills, or a gorge, it’s surrounded by traffic and a congested, chaotic scene of crowded shops and street vendors. While most other settlements are in […]

Living with Tibetan Refugees: Jampa Ling

January 26, 2011


(In which I am labeled “tourist,” Taylor runs a relay, and I realize how outrageously privileged Americans are.) -A Brief Overview- For months, Taylor and I have been planning to live in the homes of Tibetan refugee families in Nepal. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in the 1950s, Tibetans fled to all parts of Nepal […]