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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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An Albino Turtle in Sri Lanka!

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Have you ever seen an albino turtle? Betcha haven’t. We saw two today in totally different and amazing Sri Lanka. But before I treat you to that vision I’ll fill you in our total day. It was a long fun filled one, so this post will be a bit longer than my last few. In the morning we visited a […]

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Boxing Day Tsunami Photo Museum, Sri Lanka

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On boxing Day in 2004, I think we all remember the incredible destruction caused by a tsunami all over SE Asia. Sri Lanka certainly did not escape the carnage. The country has come back from the destruction. When you remember they have also had a civil war in the last decade, it is very impressive to see the recovery. Not […]

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Worlds’s Smallest Buddha

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Our travel style,in case you are a new reader, is to hire a private guide with a comfortable car who is ours for they duration. We do not just show up and say “whatcha got.” We do our own research with every book we can find, and do not forget my wife is a university librarian. We also peruse all […]

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Kowloon, Lantau and Macau are Not Chinese Menu Items

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They are instead three islands near Hong Kong, which we took whirlwind tours of this week. All three deserve more time, alas our time is limited. I have not blogged for three days simply because when we get back to our hotel, have some real menu items to eat, a couple of TsingTao beers (the best beer with Chinese food, […]

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Blogging from 30 Thousand Feet Over the Arabian Desert

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If you ever asked me in my younger days what would be an exciting week I may well have said something like “fly 5000 miles, have currencies from 4 countries in my wallet, and wake up wondering where I am.” In my adult life I have had quite a few weeks like that. I am in the middle of another […]

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Buddha Buddha Buddha Buddha

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Thailand is obviously a Buddhist country. It shows in their customs, their kindness, their complete avoidance of interpersonal confrontations, lack of crime, but most obviously in the fact that you can find a Buddha anywhere. Perhaps the only more ubiquitous thing in Thailand than Buddha is pictures of the King. Of all the pictures of him I saw, my favorite […]

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