Over the Christmas holidays, I visited my college friend in Tibet. Wesley was at Caltech at the same time as me, and worked for a few years afterwards in Silicon Valley. He went on a world trip at one point, and met a girl in Tibet. Now they live there happily.
This was a common Tibetan style of architecture. The wood is assembled without nails or screws.
My favorite cafe to eat breakfast was called Fragrant Valley Cafe. I went there every day until they recognized me. It was nice to be a "regular" somewhere.
The "western breakfast" at the cafe.
I experienced fatigue as a result of altitude sickness from being at 3300 meters. Fortunately, oxygen cannisters are sold throughout supermarkets and drugstores.
The oxygen cannister has a date printed on it. Does oxygen have an expiration date?
We did experiments of inhaling oxygen while running up a steep hill. It helps.
There was a bar inside the Old Town section named the Google Bar. I surprised a Tibetan by showing how their bar's name matches the logo on my scarf.
The nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge is good for hiking.
At one point, the trail went through a small waterfall.
Wesley and I spent some of our time writing code together, just like the old days in college. We ate watermelon seeds while programming. We consumed a bag of watermelon seeds every day.
On Christmas Eve, the owner of Fragrant Valley Cafe held a party. His friend cut down a pine tree from outside of the town, and made it into a Christmas tree.
In this photo, I'm wearing a Tibetan hat with a Lhasa dress. Wesley said this is as incongruous as a cowboy hat with a Scottish kilt.
Me with newfound Tibetan friends. This is the Tibetan outfit that actually matches the hat.
Tibet was lovely, but I missed one thing from the States. I remedied this upon my return: