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Shortly after leaving Kathmandu, Nepal for Lhasa, Tibet, we had to order up a replacement car after we couldn't find a fan belt for the first car. We waited in the town of Banepa.The kids were cute ...
... but Banepa itself wasn't anything to write home about.
"Businessmen and thieves congregated on both sides of the border, and there were porters to pay to carry our bags over the bridge. We graduated from the Corolla to a LandCruiser, and headed into the border town on the Tibetan side called Zhangmu."
The "very clean Restaurant Gyan Glen," and its flies.
Switchbacks on the road from Nepal to Nyalam.
"I feared for lice and Mirja for vermin. Mirja saw the toilet once and never ventured there again." The Snow Land Hotel, Nyalam, Tibet.
Back out on the road though, it was gorgeous. Prayer flags at Lalung Leh pass, 5050 meters (16570 feet).
The LandCruiser was idling a little low and they had to climb up under the hood to prime the carburetor. We had no idea how much time would be spent under that hood.
Storing firewood for winter, rural Tibet. Where do they find trees?
It's not easy grazing in rural Tibet.
Our first view of Mt. Everest from the north. Not the view most of us outside China see. From Tinggri village, Tibet.
The typical configuration of housing in Tibet. Housing fronting a courtyard. This is the Amdo Hotel in Tinggri. Vacancies.
Transportation, Tinggri, Tibet.
And there was always waiting because of car trouble.
Here's the head nomad, with his home made musical instrument.
Part of the nomad caravan.
Eventually, what had been a bad day became a tolerably good story. Here our boys change the tire with a dust devil for a backdrop.
Once we'd made it to Xigatse, we found things for sale like this home-fashioned satellite dish.
Happy monk at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigatse.
Monks at Tashilumpo Monastery, Xigatse, Tibet.
Mountain villages, high up on the hills. Suppose you needed, say, a pack of cigarettes?
Carrying water from the spring.
In the background, one of four places we drove past a winch-ferry system that hauled people and animals across the Yalong River. Back and forth, pulled by a cable.
And finally, in Lhasa, the Potala, home of the Dalai Lama until his 1959 flight to India.