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It's Loy Krathong here in Thailand and I (Michelle) celebrated by going to Chiang Mai for our last Loy Krathong here in Thailand. I stayed in a Hmong hilltribe village for the long weekend and it was a lovely experience! I was surrounded by cows, roosters and crops as far as the eye could see.
Coolest restaurant ever! I'm sure you've eaten BY the water but have you ever eaten IN the water?
A few weekends ago, we headed up to Kanchanaburi, Thailand for a quick getaway. It was nice to get out of the city and explore Thailand a bit. Unfortunately, a few days before leaving for our little trip, the King of Thailand passed away. The entire country is in a state of mourning with locals wearing all black. Foreigners are asked to wear dark colors out of respect for the King and the Thai people. Major forms of entertainment are on hold for one year - festivals, parades and even music is restricted in some places. We had a great time anyway - we are glad for the opportunity to explore Thailand before we leave in a few months.
It has been so long since we last wrote on our blog! Michelle was in Colorado for the summer and is currently working full time on The Montessori Company while Paul stayed in Bangkok and continues to work hard on Lockstep. Life in Thailand continues to be great - year three is going to be full of adventures!
Last Saturday we got back from our tour of Tibet. It was a fascinating place. While it was a bit rough at times, we are so glad we had the opportunity to explore this very remote part of the world. We had to go with a tour group as foreigners are not allowed to Tibet unchaperoned due to recent conflicts with the Free Tibet Movement. The Chinese government now has a very firm grip on the region.
The highlight of our trip was seeing Mt. Everest and spending the night at the Everest Base Camp (EBC). What an incredible experience! Photos from our trip below. Enjoy.
Tibetans walking around a sacred temple in Lhasa, Tibet. They do this several times each morning reciting mantras as part of their daily praying rituals.
The woman above is holding a Tibetan prayer wheel.
Married Tibetan women wear two skirts - one long skirt to cover their legs and another colorful skirt with stripes to bring their husbands a long and healthy life.
Temples are painted with yak milk and yogurt.
Tibetans doing morning prayer.
This Tibetan family asked to take a picture with us! :)
Yellow-Cap Tibetan Buddhist Monks
This goat has red powder on his fur to show that he is a "friend of the monks" and is not to be touched or killed.
The fourth and final pass before EBC
Shepherds with their herd
On our drive to the BC - getting closer!
On our walk to the EBC
We were so lucky we got a nice, clear day! The guides told us that Everest is often times covered by clouds and that many miss the opportunity to see the peak.
Mt. Everest Base Camp - highest point 5,266 meters or 17,277 feet!
Base Camp tents and the tent we slept in below - Paul and I got a little altitude sickness (feeling of nausea and severe headache) but nothing too serious, thankfully. Those that get severely sick need an oxygen tank and some may have to descend ASAP.
Lots and lots of barley fields! Fruits and veggies are not a part of the Tibetan diet as it is difficult to grow much of anything with the high altitude and cold weather. Other staples of their diets are yak meat (the Yak Momos were delicious!) and butter tea.
This lake had the most beautiful blue-green water!
A bride taking photos at the lake - beautiful!
It's hard to tell but the above picture is of a large glacier - one of the only glaciers left in this particular region because of increasing temperatures.
Our tour group was made up of people from Germany, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia!
The academic year is coming to a close so Katharina and I went on one final trip together to Khao Yai National Forest. Below are some pictures from our trip. Enjoy!