Lhasa, Tibet AR, 24/9/08 -
We were supposed to spend the first day resting - to help acclimatise us to the altitude. Of course we went exploring instead, following the pilgrims on their path around the Jokhang temple. It is usually much more crowded, but, with the region closed to foreigners for the better part of the peak season, Tibet's tourism industry was crippled this year.
When I lived in China, I shared the foreign teachers' dormitory with a Tibetan girl. We kept each other sane while we each dealt with homesickness and the weirdness that is Beijing. Now, seven years later, we have seen each other again. We have made tentative plans for her to come and holiday in Australia, assuming passports and things can be arranged.
This is a rather crappy photo (late at night, etc.). I made her a Birch to try and tell her a little bit how much she means to me.
She is doing amazing things.