The guys from Project Himalaya had their sign and somehow picked me out of the crowd. Hmm, maybe it was my blue jeans or sunglasses... I had met three of my teammates at the Bangkok airport and soon we were gathered together and jammed into the small van for a short ride to Hotel Marshyangdi. The ride was amazing as always. Cows sleeping in the middle of dirt roads, cars honking. cows grazing by the roadside. Women carrying huge baskets on their heads, Cars honking. Frustrated traffic cops directing everyone and no one from stands in the middle of the street. Cars honking. Small shops with their tin awnings open for business along the road. Trees barely hanging on for life line the streets. Dust penetrating everywhere. And cars honking. I will think about this during the still quiet of the night at 23,000 feet.
I keep trying to get straight what time it is but here is the problem. Colorado is 13 hours behind Bangkok and Kathmandu is 1:15 behind Bangkok. When we fly to Lhasa it will be 2:15 ahead of Kathmandu. But when we drive to BC ... well I have no idea what time it will be! Perhaps we will use Lhasa time or maybe Kathmandu time. But when the sun rise is even more problematic. Here is what the worldclock site says for Lhasa:
Civil twilight begins at 7:08 AM, ends at 8:43 PM
Nautical twilight begins at 6:39 AM, ends at 9:11 PM
Astronomical twilight begins at 6:10 AM, ends at 9:40 PM
I think I will go by Sherpa time - when the milk tea is ready in the morning and the Dahl Bat at night.
More from Lhasa!
Please remember - Memories are everything.
I want to remind everyone that I hope to post a few videos on the site. Take a look at the the right side panel on the main dispatch page to see what is new. I will alert you when I post one but you will need to use the drop down menu to see it. I posted a Welcome Video the day before I left so take a look to see how it works. Also, my favorite video from Longs Peak and the attacking marmots!