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2012 in Review

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WordPress does an interesting job of compiling mundane facts about blogs on their service. I thought I would share this with my readers just so you know you are not alone! I also feel like maybe you would want to see a re-post of some of my favorite photos of the year, so here goes. They are not in any particular order, […]

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From Bhutan to Borneo

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  We were warned that  the Paro airport in Bhutan is visual only, and the least level of incremental weather shuts it down. Which seems only right because it is surrounded by mountains. They tell you to make any connecting flights with a day lapse in case you cannot get out of Paro.  Well, we arrived at the airport on […]

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Bhutan the Bhutiful

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  Bhutan, besides being a country of happy people is a country of almost unparalleled beauty. As you can see, even the money is Bhutiful We only saw a quarter of it in our week there and a lot of that from the back seat of our sedan. I am not sure how many times I asked the driver to stop so […]

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Happy Spirits in Bhutan

This post will cover the two most spiritual things I have ever experienced. I was deeply moved by both of them. Bhutan is a deeply Buddhist country. I have mentioned before that if I ever decided to convert, as if I were disciplined enough to try, it would be in Bhutan. I found that the Tantrayana sect of Buddhism appeals to me […]

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Bhutan, Happy in Old and New Knowledge

Bhutan Protects the Timeless Knowledge There were three floors of the “old” library, each with a shrine to the Buddha. Bhutan Enters the Digital Age! Just outside of the capital city of Thimpu, there is a brand new IT Park Space inside this building has already been leased to Microsoft and other international high tech companies. It will also serve […]

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Bhutan, Gross National Happiness and Wonderment

Yes, Bhutan is a happy place. I mentioned before that the government actually does a yearly census to evaluate the level of happiness and look for ways to make people even happier, now THAT is a wonderment. I also mentioned that there is a US$250 “tariff” you must pay to visit Bhutan. This is actually a good deal because it […]

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Happy Atheletes In Bhutan

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These two  events were  not on our tour agenda. On our first full day in Bhutan, we found two towns involved in an archery tournament. Archery is the national sport. I was simply not prepared for what we saw. These guys were all first rate archers, who had earned the right through years of experience to compete for the town […]

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The Incredible Kingdom of Bhutan. A Real Live Shangri-La

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The Kingdom of Bhutan does not make it hard for a traveler to visit, it is just hard to get there. When I first started reading about traveling to Bhutan I was led to understand that only a certain number of visitor visas were issued in a year, and that you had to go with a government approved guide service […]

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Our Asian Summer Part 1

  Our five weeks in Asia started in Kathmandu We are lucky enough to be able to refer to this as our return to Kathmandu. Dear readers, you really need to be able to look beyond the obvious and not be distracted by the oblivious to enjoy this city. I will not belabor my love for Kathmandu, I explained it […]

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Posting From My Ipad. Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Borneo and Thailand

Please be understanding about my posting for the next five weeks. I love my IPad, but it is a bit difficult to type with two thumbs instead of two fingers. Also, the WordPress apps for the IPad are seriously demented. Mary Ann and I are off to Kathmandu on Friday. We are going there for two strategic reasons. Kathmandu is […]

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