Went for walkabout this morning into the local market. All kinds of things for sale from local household items to clothes to Buddhist prayer wheels. Bought a big Yak bell, some old coins, and other sundries.
As we wandered through town we ran into an actual snake oil salesman……actual…..locals using it on their knees…we thought of bringing some home but worried about what would happen at the border when we tried to explain what we had.
Back to the hotel for some snooker as the weather had changed and the hail was coming down, size of marbles! Snooker took the champs 90 min to complete the game!
Then we went to the monastery – where the first Dalai Lama tomb Stupa is. The monastery is at the foot of a sacred mountain. It dates from the 14th Century. We were there for the start of evening prayers. The clouds went dark, hail again, high winds blowing all the prayer flags. In this setting we heard the trumpet for call to prayers. All the young monks started chanting for about 5 minutes and then ran into the ‘assembly’ for prayer, leaving their shoes outside.
We wandered through during the chanting and you could feel the vibration all through your body, shivers, goosebumps and tears.
Back to the hotel tea house for a melange for dinner. Lots of talking about the coming days – these guys (Ox and Dorje) are great, they couldn’t be more accommodating (they even let us beat them at snooker)!
Awesome email for Farid – he won an Ontario Graduate Scholar award WOOHOO!
We start back on the road again tomorrow – oh boy another metric century coming.