With the two last days before actual classes started, I took a trip to see Lisa, Scott, and my dear Natalie in Kanglung, Tashigang Dzongkhog. They met me in the bustling metropolis of Tashigang proper, which is a crazy change of pace from Chorten Cora:
From there it is less than an hour to Kanglung, a college town that takes pride in being just adorable. Every archway is a thing of beauty:
This is a view of the Higher Secondary School where Natalie teaches:
My visit took place a month before St. Patrick's Day and yet was oddly green:
Natalie took great care of me: she made me cauliflour curry and repaired a tear in my hat:
Someone in Kanglung has a PET MONKEY:
Here he is eating Maggi (Indian Mr. Noodle), a mainstay of our diet:
Kanglung is the teetotaling home of Sherubtse College where Scott lectures in biology:
It has a campus of flower-filled courtyards:
On the drive to Kanglung I made an absolute fool of myself by asking Natalie,"So, what's it like? Are there mountains in Kanglung?" I am pleased to report that, yes, like everywhere else in this Himalayan Kingdom, there are mountains in Kanglung.
Scott and Lisa's home is huge and gorgeous and even offers hot showers to weary travellers who haven't felt one in weeks. Check out the columns!
The few feet between Natalie's and Scott and Lisa's contains a little path that when followed straight up leads to a pray-flagged picnic spot with an amazing view:
Natalie and I did a lot of sunbathing and talking there. (Well, we did a lot of talking everywhere.) It was a supremely relaxing vacation: