We spent the day at tigers nest. Perhaps the most amazing place in the universe. And certainly more amazing then the THIMPHU hospital the night before. I have a major case of Bhutan belly. But was not as bad as Reidi and Sarah who accompanied me. To be honest I haven't adapted well. on Friday we tried on our gho and after a half step out the dragon roots hotel I was swarmed by multiple Bhutanese who were pulling on and adjusting my dress. One of these men asked about my placement and when I told him Yangtse he replied "Oh, the terror of life. Eventually a woman stepped in to finalize my adjustment making me look just exactly perfect. Thursday Sarah and I went to a local karaoke bar to watch locals dance and sing for us for a small fee. Like a human juke box.
Fast forward to today and Tigers Nest. The hike ascends two hours through pines and mossy twisted Oakley trees. One can't describe this place with ice chunks falling through waterfalls and thousands of stone steps. And on top is heaven. The magnificent structure hangs off a mighty cliff that no picture can prove. Once inside it's a maze of corridors and secret rooms each with its shrine. my favorite being an empty room with a simple altar. Here I bow down touching my head to the floor. Suddenly the oneness of life overpowered me in a rare light entered my being causing me to weep like a baby. For one brief second I left myself behind. In yet anoth room I found myself alone with a lovely Bhutanese female guide. She guided me into the room with lush tapestries, butter lamps, and deities. She instructed me to prey to a deity for long life and spoke of the unity of the male and female form. And finally I climbed into a whole in the mountain which was the literal tigers nest.
I found myself alone hiking down the mountainside meditating on the meaning of Easy Answers, "shut your eyes and listen to the colors of your mind." Finally washing my feet in the cool river.
That's the short version as moments happen in rapid succession. Trying to remember to forget...
Miss you Reed