Postcards from Abroad

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Beautiful Bhutan by Jen and Larry Risdale

Monks

 

 

     "A senior monk invited us to his cell today and made us a cup of tea.

      Apparently he was really chuffed as we were the first foreigners who had been to his cell.

      If he was chuffed there are no words for what I was! Thursdays are never going to be the same

      again - putting the bins out is just not going to cut it ...

 

Off on our epic trip to Sikkim, Bhutan and India.

05 Feb First leg from New Delhi to Darjeeling - us oldies know a song about that. Peter Sellars and Sophia Loren wasn't it?

Darjeeling station

09 Feb - Sikkim 

Sikkim 9

 

14 Feb - What a beautiful Bhutan.

Beautiful Bhutan 2

 

Bhutan

 

15 Feb Wild fire - scary stuff. More than three days later the fire is still raging and spreading. This part of the country is all hazy with smoke. Such a tragic loss of beautiful forest and wildlife.

Wild fire near Thimphu

 

Punakha 

Punakha

18 Feb A senior monk invited us to his cell today and made us a cup of tea. Apparently he was really chuffed as we were the first foreigners who had been to his cell. If he was chuffed there are no words for what I was! Thursdays are never going to be the same again - putting the bins out is just not going to cut it ...

Monks

 

Sad to leave

 

Paro Airport

22 Feb - Looking cool in Agra

Cool Larry

 

   

 

Jen Taj Mahal Agra

 

23 Feb -  Bit of a hairy morning today. Political trouble nearby so we left Agra early to avoid roadblocks. Didn't work ... Within a few miles we diverted off the highway and bumped around for a couple of hours on rural roads through fascinating villages. Back on the highway thought we were clear but no, came across a roadblock. Larry jumped out and went to talk to the men manning the block, told them his wife was sick and he had to get her to hospital (cue Jen look sick). They let us through. Ten minutes later another one - they weren't keen at all to let us go, by this time Larry's wife was very sick (cue Jen look seriously ill). Larry's powers of persuasion eventually worked and they let us through. Ten minutes on the third and thankfully last roadblock was a different matter altogether. By this time the wife was dangerously ill (cue Jen almost comatose and nearly fell out of the car when they opened the door), but to no avail - they were having none of it. A lot of very hyped up young men breaking up the road, banging on the car with fists and sticks. It was a go go go moment, so we went, thank goodness there was nobody in a car to chase us. So thanks to my intrepid husband (my hero!), our brave driver Kuldeep and a few Oscar winning performances we are now settled in our hotel at Ranthamphore National Park for a couple of days. No political trouble round here. I so hope we see a tiger.

25 Feb The most beautiful animal I've ever seen. Made me cry. Just three more days and our epic trip will be over, it's been amazing.

Ranthambore

 

 

 

 

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