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The quirky and the strange in Bhutan

Dear ones all,

I have these little bits of tidbits to share with you---not enough for a full blog, so will group them together---may they make you wonder or smile.

Just coming out of the house the other day and saw this around the sun....never seen anything like it!

As you know, I adore odd signs. Here are a few worthy of a picture:
Yaks do the clean up here!

Yaks do the clean up here!

The Indian Army organizes much of the road work here. The roads disintegrate in a few years, but thankfully, the signs last awhile
Some of the hiking trails have these painted bins for trash. It's a good idea but they are rarely emptied. I like the thought tho---even if the English is a bit off.

Bhutan has LOTS of holidays. Perhaps one of my favorite is the day for the blessing of all tools and engines. All mechanical businesses take the day off so they can get their parts blessed and decorated!
A festooned gravel crusher.

A festooned gravel crusher.

Roadside stall to get what you need to decorate your car.

Roadside stall to get what you need to decorate your car.

This picture needs no explanation:
Resting dog

Resting dog

Well, maybe it does---I think someone had a little extra hair dye....

Speaking of canines---they have an important role here:

Thimphu has an amazing huge Buddha statue on the side of a hill. We can see it from where we live. Around the base are larger than life figures and everybody loves to play with them:


The Buddha itself is magnificent:

There are some strange foods at the local market---not only fruit we've never seen but also yak cheese that look like hockey pucks
and ferns

If you have been to Bhutan, you know the Bhutanese adore their kings. If you have never seen a picture of the present King and Queen of Bhutan, then feast your eyes:

After 5 years of marriage, the produced a baby boy--the next King. The nation is nuts about this baby--and they should be!

Here are just two of the hundreds of events and celebrations in the name of the new prince:
This is from a power point presentation at our college .Many Bhutanese have pictures of the baby or the K and Q as their screen shots.

This is from a power point presentation at our college .Many Bhutanese have pictures of the baby or the K and Q as their screen shots.

A dance contest dedicated to the prince.

A dance contest dedicated to the prince.

On a walk one day, this kind woman came out to give us some apples from her tree:
And this is the ladder she climbs up and down just to get into her house...yikes!
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Archery is huge here (the national sport) but so is KURU, or darts. These aren't your puny darts of childhood!

One of the many things that monks do is to make these elaborate butter decorations. It's close and difficult work. Eventually the butter sculpture is put outside to dissolve in the sun and rain, reminding you of the impermanence of all things.

And with that, I'll end here.
But with the promise that I will continue to look for the quirky and strange things in this most amazing and impermanent world.

Posted by pebergman 17:58 Archived in Bhutan

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Thanks for bringing a smile to my lips.

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