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Published: August 10th 2007
Cheeky new friends
These young Tibetan boys followed me for ages before they were brave enough to "make contact". Then it was full steam ahead!
One of my favourite activities whenever I arrive anywhere new, is to wander (often aimlessly) through back streets and up trails to get a feel for the "real life" experiences of the locals. It also affords me many opportunities to meet the locals and at least make an attempt at effective communication!
My wanderings in and around Xiahe provided me with innumerable opportunities such as this. In particular, I was trailed by curious groups of children of varying ages (and confidence!) wherever I went. I spent many happy hours conversing with these children, taking photographs and showing them how to use my camera, being led by them into the hills for magnificent views over the town, even introducing them to a game of frisbee in the mosque grounds as their busy parents prepared for the Feast of Mohommed! Such wonderful memories!
So, let me introduce you to the children of Xiahe. Please note many of the following photos were taken by the children, so no apologies for their quality or otherwise! I think they were very fast learners and did a pretty good job!
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