Monthly Archive: October, 2012


Backgammon is so popular in Turkey that game sets were for sale everywhere in the Grand Bazaar. The Turks love playing and they make their moves very fast.

Before crossing into Nepal

Here’s our last picture of Tibet: a gaudy Chinese “best in town” hotel lobby. Ah, the prospect of a lovely bathroom at Dwarika’s tomorrow…

It’s morning and we wake up

in a creek somewhere on the southern coast.

A very non-Tibetan last image of Tibet

Zhangmu feels and looks like a cheap trading town. Real estate is a good investment here. The few successful Tibetans still living in Tibet have in good part made their money by buying… Continue reading

In the water

The pleasure of swimming!

At the end of this very long day

we end up in Zhangmu, at the border with Nepal. We have come down off the Tibetan plateau, and at 8,000 feet, the sun and glare of the Himalayas are replaced by the… Continue reading

It doesn’t take long

for us to try our hand at water-skiing. The motor boat is stashed on the gulet, ready to be taken out when we wish. Fun!

This guy must be so cold!

He is at the top of Lalung la (Lalung pass, over 5,000 meters) and is probably going all the way to Nyalam.

Annyonghi Kyeseyo for now; as for the future…

And that’s all for now. Six months worth of Hagaloo and emails of the day about North Korea, all posted on ChantalHereandThere, and we’ve all made it through my first journey to North… Continue reading

From my windows on the 43rd floor

of-the-hotel-on-an-island-that-tourists-cannot-leave-at-all. Last morning. I have breakfast with my British friends, who are leaving, too. They’re hardy travelers and they are taking the train back to China, a privilege not available to me because… Continue reading