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Old Nov 25th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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Your photos rang a bell:

Have you seen the movie called The Other Final, about a sort of reverse World Cup? In 2002, while the top teams in the world were playing for the World Cup in Japan, a Dutchman organized the Other Final, a soccer match between Bhutan and Montserrat, the two lowest-ranked teams in the world. The match was held in Thimpu, and the whole thing was entertaining without being especially condescending.
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Old Nov 25th, 2012, 04:22 PM
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No, Don - but I'll look into it...
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Old Nov 25th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Craig and Jeane. LOVING your photos! There are some really, really fabulous ones in your album.
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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Fabulous photo's Craig, really. Looks like a fun time. Which one is the "Shangri La" photo to you?

Aloha!
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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HT, without question, the "Shangri La" photo is the one of the two monks chanting at Chele La with the Himalayas in the background.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Hi Craig & Jeane
Haven't read thru this yet, am printing it out right now to enjoy at my leisure tonight when snuggled up in bed!!

welcome home and thanks for this report!
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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I didn't have time to follow while we were away. Too busy keeping you know who together. Loved your report, and tomorrow after I finish unpacking I will look at you pictures. Sounds like a fab place, but I don't think Bob could keep up with it. Too many early starts, even for me. Glad you had a great time.
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Karen, Kencho has assured me that rising early is not a requirement for travel in Bhutan. However, because we did, our photos were better in the early morning light, our hikes were cooler, our seats at the festivals were the best and we avoided a long wait at a road construction site on the drive back to Thimphu. That said, because of the walking and hiking, I agree that this trip is probably not for Bob.
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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Craig: what a marvelous report. I really like your writing style, and your photos are superb, so clear and well framed!

It was great to meet you at lunch at the Boston GTG, and we are so glad you and Jeane had a successful trip.

Looks like you are planning another one already!
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 08:14 PM
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Craig: Thank you so much for sharing your incredibly gorgeous pictures and your fantastic trip report. You so captured Bhutan.

Bob and Karen -- I don't think you should be scared off by the "hiking" and "early rising" -- there's lots of ways to see Bhutan and if you go on a private tour you can just about set your own schedule and amount of walking.

We went in 2010 on our first (and last) organized tour -- never did it before and won't do it again, not because of the people who were all lovely and our tour was limited to 8 couples -- but because I like to set my own pace.

Anyway, my husband has advanced arthritis, walks with a cane, and has had both hips replaced. He did not take some of the walks but it didn't really matter. What matters in Bhutan are the people, the culture, the scenery, and the fact that it hasn't been totally over-run yet with Micky-Ds and the like.

DonTopaz' mention of The Other Final reminds me of Khyentse Norbu's movie The Cup (about two Tibetan refugee monks who wanted to get a TV for their monastery to watch the world cup). Norbu is a Bhutanese Lama who went to NYC Film School and uses films as a teaching tool. If you haven't seen it, watch Norbu's Travellers and Magicians -- a beautiful film shot in Bhutan which, I thought, totally captures the feeling of the forests and remote villages.

Kathie--Sikkim sounds like an incredible place to see. Did you do a trip report?
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Old Dec 1st, 2012, 05:14 PM
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We watched "Travelers and Magicians" tonight. Great film - brought back Bhutan just the way we saw it.
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Craig, Cheryl and I really enjoyed Travelers and Magicians - one of the movies we watched before our Sikkim trip.

Elaine, I did, indeed, write a trip report:
http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...p-to-india.cfm
photos at www.marlandc.com/Sikkim/index.htm
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Old Dec 1st, 2012, 11:59 PM
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Finally catching up, wonderful trip report. It sounds like a very beautiful but exhausting trip. It was so nice to meet you ate the GTG and am happy that you had a great trip.
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Thanks for a wonderful trip report! We, too, prefer not to be on the go nonstop. In retrospect, could you have influenced Snow White to build in few songs and more rest days?
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Reread again in more detail. I'm beginning to feel more and more intrigued with Bhutan, less and less with the prescribed agenda and moving on each day. I will definitely try to get more flexibility.

Kathie, I also really appreciate your comments. Your trip to Sikkim sounds great. We will be sticking to either Nepal or/and Bhutan because of a memory I want to redo (I turned down free trip with Mountain Travel to Everest base camp in 1972, thinking I could always do this later. I was young and learned a lot about pausing before you say no to impt opportunities) and because we have a friend with unusually good connections in both countries.

I have never traveled with a guide before and I confess it makes me feel claustrophobic. I also have never had anyone else have much to say about where we go when.
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Old Jul 19th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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Sorry I didn't see your question 2 days ago. We did move along but I felt we had plenty of time to "smell the roses". The travel between locations is slow and that is part of it. Bhutan is very rural once you get away from Thimphu and Paro. I am not sure that there would be much opportunity to wander around on your own or where you would do that if you had the opportunity. Our guide and driver were willing to stop whenever we wanted. For the most part, we did not really feel rushed, and while the early starts were not always welcome, there was always a good reason. We are used to traveling on our own without the help of guides but I think our experience in Bhutan was mostly good from that perspective.
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Craig,
i just came across your report. I’ve always been fascinated by the thought of going to Bhutan, but I wont get there. Thank you for taking the time, for your very inspired and descriptive writing, and for posting to allow myself and others feel we went with you. I’m now going to have a look at the photos. Thank you.

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