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Lho the lunch place of today is also home to a nice monestary on a sleep hill that nicely overlooks the little rustic town. As we have grown accustomed to, making lunch for nine people takes on average about an hour half. So Joseph and I ventured out to see the local monestary but it took us about half an hour just to get to the base of the hill and already we were puffing and coughing and we hadn’t even started the hard part yet!

 

To be honest the monestary looked nice from where we were standing, but it didn’t look THAT nice to climb the hill and have a closer look.

Joseph was thinking out loud that maybe the monestary could be closed after all, you’ll never know when the custodian is out of town. We gave each other a knowing look and decided that the monestary was “closed” and returned back to the rest for lunch. Sarah and Brian asked how the monestary was because they didn’t have the strength anymore to go over there. We just answered that the monestary was “closed”, that brought a big smile on the face of Brian considering himself lucky that he decided not to go over there.

 

The remainder of the day brought us the Shyilla a Tibetan/Nepali town situated on a high mountain with an amazing open view to all the surrounding mighty snow peaks. Though the people might have helped nature a bit by burning down every tree and destroying all remaining vegetation with mitticlious precision.

Novice monk at the "closed" monestary
We were supposed to camp here but we are quick to decide not to camp around this pile of destruction and shit created by those people. If we quick we might make it before dark in Sama.

 

Luckily for us Sama lies in a nice green valley and ofcourse the people think they live in the one and only shangri-la… oh I can’t hear that word anymore. Every little town that has green valleys, forests and nice people think they are shangri-la. It becomes tiring. Anyway we are greeted by a small army of children approaching us fast and they keep shouting something at us. At first I can’t make up what they are yelling but it doesn’t take me long; SHIM SHIM. While they are asking for shim shim (which is bon bon in Tibetan) their little hands run through my pockets in search of shim shim or something better.
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Prayer wheels
Prayer wheels
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Novice monk at the closed monest…
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Jospeh being besieged by the novic…
Jospeh being besieged by the novi…
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Novice monk at the closed monest…
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Novice monks at the closed mones…
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Group photo
Group photo
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Not a prayer flag but a prayer ban…
Not a prayer flag but a prayer ba…
It looks more stable than it actua…
It looks more stable than it actu…
Towns gate
Towns gate
Novice monk at the closed monest…
Novice monk at the "closed" mones…
Novice monk at the closed monest…
Novice monk at the "closed" mones…
Novice monk at the closed monest…
Novice monk at the "closed" mones…
Novice monk at the closed monest…
Novice monk at the "closed" mones…
Novice monks player football on th…
Novice monks player football on t…
Shylla, the vistas are great for t…
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