Much of our time in Tibet was spent either on a bus or a train ... we spent over 18 hours during two days on a bus going from Lhasa to Everest base camp and then turned around and headed back. In many places, this would not be a fun vacation, but in a place so full of breathtaking beauty, all I could do was stare out the window with my jaw dropped.
Tibetan toilets did leave a little something to be desired. This is the nicest one along the way ... if you exclude trees, bushes and small hills :)
Yamdrok Lake with Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 meters / 23,592 feet) in the distance. One of Tibet's three holiest lakes.
Karo-la Glacier (5045 meters / 16,551 feet).
And .... drumroll ... the highest place I have stood (& probably ever will stand) on the earth.
5,248 meters / 17,217 feet.
Bus troubles ... road work that meant we needed to walk a bit so the bus didn't bottom out going through this area. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful place to go for a walk.
After all that breathtaking scenery during our week, we still hadn't had enough and took the 50 hour train ride back from Lhasa to Shanghai! We had wonderful cabin-mates and minus all of the smokers on the train, had a really great ride.
The tracks rising above the plateau ...
Our cabin-mate and new friend, Liu Ning. He & his uncle had just spent 3 weeks in Tibet taking photographs.
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How we got here ... with a couple babies!
We first met on July 7, 2006. We'd both quit our jobs and gotten rid of nearly all our possessions. We had joined the Peace Corps and were heading to the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. We thought we were prepared for whatever lay ahead ... neither of us had a clue.
Just over 10 months after we first met, we were MARRIED! Since then our adventures have included:
- a year in New York City, living in a Harlem brownstone apartment - going off-the-grid & into a tent-cabin on tiny Angaur island in Palau - living with a bunch of teenagers in Shanghai, China while working as dormitory parents
- off-the-grid again & into a barn on 400 forested acres in Vermont
- at the base of volcanos in beautiful Panajachel, Guatemala
And now ... on the hunt for a new career, we find ourselves in IDAHO!
We love to experience this great big world and hope you will join us for the journey!