Hi Doug,

Brilliant trip.

Constantly making comparison with values back here- , am getting into the groove here at work, and at home , and here in Rotorua, it’s a great place to be. Really making the most of the altitude advantage , and the realisation that it will only be a few more days before it goes caput.

Highlights were the amazing entry into Bhutan- whisking through the clouds, with what almost felt like wingtips touching the valley sides- then landing. A feeling of calm embracing me- in the Paro airport- pinching myself- and saying: “I am in an Airport and I am feeling totally relaxed”. First and last place in the world that this is going to happen.

Then moving on through the country and being delighted by the people- their aura – their calm- no raised voices- being entranced by the architecture and the landscape and the Bhuddhism prevailing and that utter belief their society has.

Moving across country and being challenged by innumerable passes- energy waning- grimaces on the face ( give me Gu- and thanks for it Doug in that time of real need on the pass adjacent to Pele La- our big mistake- should have taken some electrolytes- the coke and Pepsi was great).

Tang Valley – a highlight- postcard pretty- beautiful people- a privilege to meet and eat with Ugyen’s Mum.

The return journey, back to where we started from- the challenges before us on the Big Day Out and the longest downhills in m y life. Breathtaking Takthsang- some puffing to get up there, would hate to think what it would have been like if we had attempted it 2 weeks earlier, and the ultimate accommodation at Zhiwa Ling.

Punakha Dzong- wow- Trongsa Dzong –wow-Simtokha dzong-wow; the Kira and the Go- beautiful faces; amazing crafts, and the enjoyment of biking beside the people- overtaking buses/cards and Tata trucks- being a part of it.

Ugyen- the Cultural guide extraordinaire- ask him anything and everything and he will tell. The food – beyond expectations- not just edamatse.

You- thanks you- for your guidance, your patience, being there.

Thank you to all the team- what a group- could not have wished for more.

Thank- you.




Jeanne at the market

Jeanne, buying local fruit to try!




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