This is the first image that popped up this morning when I went looking for inspiration. I found the original the other day when I was looking for something, which I seem to do about 12 times a day. The picture takes me back, all the way to November, 1983. It was still Burma then. … Continue reading Warning… 🙁 end…
My old travelling buddy, Tim has mopped me up more times than I can remember. In the beginning maybe he paid more attention, but once he got to know me better, he would tend to chuckle. Or sometimes he would just ask "what's wrong now, Dor'". (He used to call me Doreen...too silly to explain.) … Continue reading Free Tibet!
Until the latter half of the 1980's it had been difficult to gain access to Tibet and only the fairly hardy attempted it. Photographer and adventurer Galen Rowell was one of those. The stunning photograph he captured in 1981 of a rainbow emanating from the Potala Palace is the kind of amazing thing that could … Continue reading Lhasa
Following two very long, difficult days on the road, we now had a whole day to spend in Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. It was the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, second in authority only to the Dalai Lama. The 10th Panchen Lama had remained in Tibet after the Chinese take-over. A … Continue reading Shigatse and Gysantse
Having survived the latest rockfall, our intrepid little group may have thought the worst was over. We had set out only the day before on our journey from Kathmandu, though it felt as if we had been underway a lot longer! But we had set foot in Tibet and I for one had been energized. … Continue reading Getting to Shigatse
The exhilaration I felt upon setting foot in Tibet was not momentary. For several weeks thereafter, I felt as though I was walking on air. Which was just as well, considering the assortment of complications that were to follow. Tourists had started to arrive in Tibet a year before we went, but at a very … Continue reading Zhangmu