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outside the hostel

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.

potala palace
  Perhaps the greatest thing about this city is that no matter what direction you look your eyes will be met by surrounding mountains and tibetan wilderness like nothing else. And the tibetans....in their traditional costumes and hair styles and accesories are just mindblowing and so beautiful.

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.

look at the hair due:)
And buying some too...

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.

on our way to the market and to see the Potala palace.
  Had a little break and lunch in Shigatse but had to stay an hour and a half or something because the jeep had to get some repairs done. When we booked the tour  we were told it would take 15 - 18 hours, but beware: we spent a solid 24 hours in the backseat of that jeep, driving forever on bumpy scary roads and trying not to look at what seemed like an infinite abyss inches away from our car. It was a very interesting journey, I'd say and hmmm, difficult to say or explain more... But definitely had all the time in the world to get to know the guys: gavin and mark from England and Honza from the....Tsjekkia. Arrived in the border town early morning and figured we'd just have something to eat and freshen up and then just cross over. But that turned out to be easier said than done! It was  8 am and not one person was up and about, exept us of course.
the guys went of on their own and we were invited in to the back of a shop and it turned out to be the family's home, so nice of them. Took some pictures of them and goofed around with miriams digital camera before we had to go to customs, fill out some forms, change whatever money we had left and get crossing :)

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.... 

korrahh says:
nice pictures and writing. Lhasa is somewhere I almost went but decided to see it when it becomes FREE. Cheers!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2007
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outside the hostel
outside the hostel
potala palace
potala palace
look at the hair due:)
look at the hair due:)
on our way to the market and to se…
on our way to the market and to s…
two nice munks:)
two nice munks:)
Tibetians:) whit traditional cloth…
Tibetians:) whit traditional clot…
an old tibetian couple.
an old tibetian couple.
guess what..they got vero moda in …
guess what..they got vero moda in…
Potala palace:)
Potala palace:)
Miriam at the market..
Miriam at the market..
cecilie bought prayer flags..
cecilie bought prayer flags..
Anette and her beloved wollyhat
Anette and her beloved wollyhat
on the roof of our hostel..nice vi…
on the roof of our hostel..nice v…
sunset
sunset
praying outside the tempel.
praying outside the tempel.
Lhasa
photo by: mountaingirl