Here be the THUNDER DRAGONS!
Dear ones everywhere,
Sorry it's been so long since my last blog---just having too much fun, I guess.
It is wonderful to be back here in the land of Gross National Happiness, verdant green mountains and the smells and bells of Buddhism.
Briefly, Rick is here on a work visa for Royal Thimphu College (RTC). Here's a nice video done in August which gives you a brief overview of what it looks like here:
Rick is working on RTC's data base development and loves his great Bhutanese team:
We live on this beautiful campus at 9000 feet just outside the capitol city of Thimphu. The top apt on the left is ours:
The campus has much of the traditional architecture you see everywhere in this small country:
What am I doing? Much of what I did last time---teaching, traveling and enjoying reconnecting with old friends as well as making new ones. Here is a picture of me teaching at a small local arts school. My topics are about reproductive health, contraception and sexual consent. These topics are hardly ever discussed in the open here, but the students welcome a fresh and candid American approach. Or at the very least I make them laugh--either at me or in general--doesn't matter! We have a good time together. I also spent some time teaching all the 1st year college students here at RTC--same subjects, same level of embarrassment and all of it great fun.
The rest of the time, we spend hanging out with monks
hiking to amazing monasteries with incredible views
or admiring the art
It's really hard to take a bad picture here---there are views everywhere--and the people are so delightful.
I have just taken on a new responsibility here---that of the campus medical person--to be on called for emergencies.
It's not exactly womens' health, my specialty, but it will definitely be interesting.
Will leave it at that for now. There is so much to tell you about our lives here but you may get more of that in the next blog.
Love to everyone---