The Peasants are Revolting
Dec 30, 2009
Manigango, a town with two streets, shabby accommodation with no running water, no English spoken, very little Chinese, grubby restaurants, and yet we still managed to really enjoy ourselves. The monastery behind the town is set in yet more beautiful green countryside. The monk's accommodation behind the prayer hall really was like something from the middle ages, and as we were dodging the yaks walking around the grounds, a monk called us over and insisted we had tea and biscuits with him in his room. We even got the pleasure of having a photo taken with him sitting on his bedroom floor (at his suggestion not ours). He got one on his digital camera as well, and seem very pleased with himself about the whole thing. The monastery is currently building a new prayer hall, and the construction workers showed us around the building, which was a bit Indiana Jones....and very impressive. The wood carvers tent was equally as interesting, although as usual in this part of the world they were just as interested in us as we were in what they were doing.