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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (9)

  Of course we visited several monasteries during our stay. One afternoon, the weather was pleasant, we met this group of little monks. They were sitting in the garden, doing their homework, practising how to blow the horn. They were … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (8)

  One morning, sitting in the back of the car, gazing at the beautiful rural farmhouses we were passing, I noticed these ropes, with hanging objects from the eaves at the corners. “Jigme,” I asked, “what are these thingies hanging … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (7)

  Our next stay was in Bhumthang. Reached after a seven hours drive (200 km) over a bumpy road. We visited temples and monasteries. Monasteries are a vital part of the Bhutanese culture. The monks (and nuns) busy themselves with … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (6)

  In Thimphu our Bhutanese guide Jigme took us to the School of Fine Arts and Crafts, commonly known as the Painting School. Here students undergo a 6-years training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. We were allowed … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (5)

  Making a kora First thing in the morning of our first day in Bhutan, was paying a visit to a local temple in town. The space was crowded with people. Young and old, couples and singles, groups, mothers with … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (4)

  Going to the dogs. Our first night in Bhutan. Our first night in the capital town, Thimphu. Of course we wanted to sleep. But that was difficult. As soon as the city life slowed down and people laid themselves … Continue reading

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Dutchy in Cornwall and the Bhutan stories (3)

  … So, bye bye Delhi! Off we went, in our plane from the Royal Bhutan Airlines, en route to Bhutan. On our way we passed the Himalaya mountains. The pilot alerted us to the peaks of Mount Kailash and … Continue reading

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