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.
How to boil water without electricity...
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.
How to make space when there is none..
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....