Scenes from Lhasa

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May 9th 2006
Published: May 31st 2006
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After our trek, we decided to spend some down time in Lhasa. We did a lot of eating, sleeping, and know, all the creature comforts. These 3 days of relaxing gave me time to walk around and snap photos, to seek out the details that make Tibet what it is. There are so many subtleties here. The low murmur of pilgrims making koras around the Jokhang, the sometimes suffocating smoke of burning juniper (i guess it's not THAT subtle), the smell of yak butter, the dirty hands of pilgrims or children asking for money, the almost inaudible squeak of spinning prayer wheels, the late afternoon light that always seems to grace to Jokhang, the constant mantra of shop keepers---"hello, have a look," and the sound of prostrating pilgrims as they scrape up and down on the ground. All of these things give dimension to what at times to me, felt like a barren landscape.

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