Bhutan: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I miss Bhutan. I think about the country nearly everyday. Sure I’ve been writing blogs since my return from my travels there (October 2011), which obviously makes me think about the country. But I think about Bhutan more than just for writing my blogs. I think about it on a deeper level. And I miss the country. What I miss most are the people. Everyone I met was extremely gracious, friendly, and genuine. I feel like I have made some life-long friends. I spent the most time with my guides, three of them, all fantastic leaders, answering my questions and Continue Reading →

Dancing and Singing for the King and Queen of Bhutan

I experienced something unique when I was in Bhutan. In fact I believe that I was the only non-Bhutanese to watch this amazing event. It was not in my guide book, let alone my itinerary, and I didn’t even know I was going to be seeing this until about 15 minutes before. It was a warm day out, the sun was shining, and the air was fresh. Originally I thought that that morning I would be walking around the streets of Paro, shopping, and people-watching until my afternoon activities. My guide picked me up at my hotel, right on time, Continue Reading →

Bhutan: “Life is a Journey. Complete it.”

I was greeted by these two signs within moments of my arrival in Bhutan, one right when I stepped off the plane, and the other just outside the airport. During my 25 day journey through Bhutan I would be greeted by many more signs. Signs of friendly reminders; signs of safety; signs of health and vision; fun and happy signs; signs we should all live by. Signs that made me laugh; signs that made me smile; and signs that made me think. I appreciated this sign right on a garbage can as I hiked up a trail to a monastery. Continue Reading →

Bhutan: The King, The Queen, and I

“Where are you from?” He asked. “The United States.” We answered. “What part?” He asked. “Seattle and Michigan.” We answered. “Are you enjoying Bhutan?” He asked. “Very much!” We answered. “Good. Good.” He said. “Tashi Delek.” We wished. (For blessings and good luck.) “Thank you very much.” She replied. “It’s an honor to meet you.” I said. Then I cried. This was the 30-second conversation I (and two other women I was traveling with, Beth and Sarah) had with His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, and his beautiful new bride, Her Majesty the Queen of Continue Reading →