Day 30

Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
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Trip End Sep 21, 2012


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Visited the Dalai Lama (well, his house)

Flag of China  , Tibet,
Thursday, October 20, 2011

First stop this morning, the Nunnery. I was actually expecting Whoopi Goldberg to be there, or at least Maggie Smith. How disappointing. But the nuns were quite friendly and a couple even posed for some photos. Unfortunately, the nunnery also meant more yak butter. I seriously need a face mask.

Then on to Potala Palace, built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It is huge, it has over 1,000 rooms or something. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually have the Dalai Lama in it, on account of him having to scarper to India (shhh, don't mention the Cultural Revolution.) We were limited to an hour inside and have to have a local guide who could give us the 'official line'. We were also told not to ask any questions about the current Dalai Lama. Right, so don't ask any questions about the current Dalai Lama, inside the current Dalai Lama's home?? Of course, makes perfect sense.

Spot of shopping this avo in the market. Bought a few souvenirs - I'm getting into this haggling lark, I reckon we should have it at home. "No, sorry, I'm not paying 3.50 for this pint of Peroni, here's 2 quid, take it or leave it."

Also some experience of what it might be like to live the 'celebrity life'. Turns out Tibet doesn't get many 'white folk' - cue much pointing, shouting and requests for photos. But all done in a friendly way, well most of the time. Most people just stare open-mouthed.
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