India 2004 Part 10


Today we went to the bank with Tenzin’s uncle, it took so long to get out of there. It was almost an hour. Then when we were done we went to the doctor’s because I have a cold and her Uncle, Pema Dorjee’s back hurt. When I went into the doctor’s office I sat down on the chair and the old monk he was a little round too, he put three fingers on my wrists, listening to my pulse on each arm while the other man asked what my symptoms were.  I was in and out within three or four minutes. It was actually quite fascinating how he didn’t use any of the medical equipment, doctors in the states use. I went and got my medicine, it cost 65 rupees. (45 rupees equals 1$) So it was probably $1.33 for my medical treatment. I received 4 bags of medicine. I have to take 2 1/2 an hour before breakfast, 2 big and 4 small pills 1/2 hour after lunch, 1 pill at 4 p.m., and then 2 big pills and 4 small pills 1/2 hour after dinner. Although I have to admit I was feeling better after I took some of the medicine. Read More

India 2004 Part 6


Today was the first day of Losar, I wore a black chuba with a white shirt. Tenzin, her uncle, and I left at 6:40 a.m. to head to the main temple. When we got there Masood Butt showed us upstairs to where all the media people were. When we got up there the monks were doing a prayer. Symbols, drums, little trumpets and these huge horns were being used in the prayer session as well. Read More

India 2004 Part 7


Today Tenzin, her uncle, Kunga, Pema, and I were going to go to the monks retreat but we decided not to go after a while. Because it was really far away. The path we took was really steep and had many rocks. So instead we decided to go to the waterfall. The path was really rocky and hard to climb, and I was kind of running up. Which was stupid because I end up slipping, but I regained my balance and  some Indian guy is like “Careful baby”  I was like “Ahhh!!!” But afterward sitting by the fall was so refreshing, especially with the spray of the water on  my face. Read More

India 2004 Part 5


Today we went to the International Affairs Office to get my media pass. I was able to get one because they received the fax my mom sent. We then headed to the Norbulingka Institute. Which was a good 2-3 mile walk. Then we took a bus for 20-25 minutes. Except we missed our stop and had to walk back to it. At the institute there were many monks. The little ones were so cute. We went and saw the monastery with butter sculptures, tapestries, and deities. It was a very colorful place to visit. Read More

India 2004 Part 4

Kunga and Pema playing a game I don’t know the name of.


This morning Tenzin and I decided to do some laundry. The water was sooo cold, but that was because we lost power last night, because of a thunder storm. The power later came back on this morning. So we washed our clothes with soap and really cold water. It took us an hour and a half. Ha ha ha. And some of it didn’t finish drying. And my ankles hurt so much because I washed my clothes like this. Read More

India 2004 Part 3


Well Tenzin’s butter sculpture came out pretty well. It had flowers on it and too fish, one was skinny and the other one was fat. Kind of like that. Anyway I woke up at around 3 a.m. this morning, I have no idea why though. Although it could do with the fact that I took a 3 hour nap yesterday. Tenzin got up at 2:15 a.m. so both of us are just sitting here. We did some reading and then we played go fish, and something else because those are the only card games we know. Read More

India 2004 Part 2


View from the roof of our hostel.

I woke up when I heard the monks cleaning outside of our room. I threw off my blankets and sleeping bag because I was so hot. My neck hurt really bad because of the way I slept on it. Oh well. Tenzin’s mom called at about 6:30 a.m. and we woke up to a monk pounding on the door. After she got off the phone with her we went and looked outside. You can see the Himalayas, it is so beautiful and it is a nice fresh smell in the air. Read More


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