On the Roof of the World
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Lhasa...is just magical. And nothing like anything we expected. Actually, we didn't really know what to expect but it is really something out of the ordinary.
This little city located in the middle of the Himalayas at 3800 meters above sea level is just the greatest place ever and we're sad we only had time to spend two days here. The main street, Beijing Road, is full to the rim with fancy shops of every kind and you'll find basically anything you need here..except deodorant, rumour has it. And even though the population in Lhasa is 70 % chinese and only 30 % tibetan, the tibetan culture and traditions are very visible and can make you just stare forever at everything around you.
At the hostel we room with a Swedish girl, Eva, who's been here for 2 weeks now (but one on the road to the nepalese border and Mt Everest Base Camp) and is showing us around and giving us great tips for bargaining at the market that surrounds Jokhang Temple. She also informed us of the fact that it's a good idea to go clockwise around the temple because all day tibetans walk around it in this direction, praying. So not to crash into all of them we go with the flow and look at the yak wool this and yak wool that and tibetan jewellry and all sorts of gadgets and weird stuff.
Originally we only planned on staying one day and rent a jeep and driver on tuesday 12th but Mark, our other room mate, was going with 2 others on Wednesday. And 3000 yuan/kr is better divided on 6 than 3 so an extra day we stayed. Which was a great idea anyway, cause then we had one day to look around at everything and another to know where to go to get the good stuff. Oh! And the goggles! Impossible to describe, but if you want a sneak peek, check out Miriam Rygh at Facebook. Priceless.......
So, Got a jeep and said good by to lhasa early Wednesday morning14/11 squeezed into a jeep: 9 people! We were 6 and then two women were suddenly going to drive with us to the next city, Shigatse, which is usually 4 hours away but due to manymany check points because there was an accident somewhere along that road recently, it took 6 hours.
You have to get a taxi through no man's land, which really shouldn't be called no man's land because it really isn't. lots of people live there and Anette was very disappointed about this because she'd planned to take over no man's land and call it Anetteland. Maybe next time.. Then we walked over the friendship bridge and stepped into a different world completely....