After the celebration of the King’s birthday, it was time to get ready to celebrate the Losar (Bhutanese/Tibetan New Year on Feb. 22nd) for three whole days. YES AMERICA, THEY HAVE A THREE DAY NEW YEAR (in some areas it’s longer than 3 days)! This is a fabulous idea! I thought, I can’t believe that I get to celebrate new years again and why don’t we get three days off in America to celebrate new years? Although there were some years that I managed to celebrate new years for longer than three days, I knew that this was going to be the best new years because I always manage to get myself into some kind of wacky adventure.
|Road Trip - Eating Grapes|
|"Give me milk and cheese"|
|Jimmy hanging |
out the window
|Driving along the cliffs|
|Jimmy driving around cliffs|
As we got closer to their home village, Sonam told me that her mom’s house was different from our home in Chumey and she asked, “Will you be ok if it’s different from what you’re used to?” I said, “Of course Sonam, I don’t care, I’m so excited that you invited me and happy to be here.” It made me smile knowing that Sonam still had a lot to learn about me. When we got to her house, I found it to be lovely, warm and comfy. I loved it so much that by the end of the trip, I didn’t want to leave. The only major difference from my home in Chumey, Bhutan and her mother’s home was that the bathrooms were outside and it didn’t have running water inside, so a hose was used to fill up a huge barrel of water in the kitchen for washing and cooking. I learned that this is one aspect of “authentic” or “real” Bhutanese living.
|Norbu and Jimmy|
Before we went to bed that night, Sonam warned me that however our Losar turned out would indicate how our year would be. “Oh great! Does that mean if it’s bad, then I’m going to have a bad year? Hmmm, but if it’s really fun, then I’m going to have an amazing year,” I said to her like I just discovered a revelation of wealth.
She responded, “Yup, you got it so we have to be careful, but still have a good time.” I was so determined to make the next three days wonderful that if you set my hair on fire, I probably would have said thank you, smiled and claimed that it was good luck. Thus, by the end of the next three days I would come to learn first hand that life is all about how you view it. Needless to say, my Losar experience predicts that I am going to have the most adventurous year of my life… (To be continued…filming rare black neck cranes, dancing at an archery match, and my huge misunderstanding taking my first stone bath).
Slide Show of our Road Trip to Gangtey Village