Bhutan

Bhutan - Pictures

Bhutan – Pictures

Books we read. Part I

Books we read. Part I

During this trip we enjoy the privilege of having plenty of time to read. In addition to reading far too many Lonely Planets, some of our picks are stories about the countries we visit, books we always wanted to read and some recommendations. The following are some of the ones we have read so far. […]

The Kingdom of Bhutan: All you ever wanted to know and were afraid to ask

The Kingdom of Bhutan: All you ever wanted to know and were afraid to ask

Bhutan is a country in the foothills of the Himalayas, remote enough that it was never colonized. It is a Buddhist monarchy. The country is ruled by a 29 year old king and the head of the monks, both with equal powers. The country is almost all mountains and forests, while 70% of the population […]

101 Lamas

101 Lamas

Es el día de aniversario en el que Budha volvió a la tierra, fiesta en Bután. Un peregrino viene de hacer 180km a pie, postrándose en el suelo cada cuatro pasos, con zapatos en la mano y un moratón en la frente. En el patio unos monjes escenifican una ceremonia de exhorcismo de espíritus malvados. […]

La Felicidad Interior Bruta. GNH vs GNP

La Felicidad Interior Bruta. GNH vs GNP

Gracias a la buena recomendación de Zoran, cae en nuestras manos el libro Geography of bliss, de Eric Weiner. La geografía de la felicidad, la búsqueda de los factores que hacen que la gente en diversos países sea más o menos feliz que en otros. El caso de Bután es especial, ya que la felicidad […]

Changing gears

Changing gears

Yes, entering Bhutan from India requires a change of gears in many ways. Even though the towns of Jaigaon (India) and Puentsholing (Bhutan) are glued together and locals walk happily back and forth through a big gate, for us, they are two different worlds in many ways. After two months of traveling independently through India […]

Arranged/Love

Arranged/Love

This is the last town we visit in India. It has a border in the middle, half of it already belongs to Bhutan. I chat with Manish, a 20-year old boy, who asks naively if our marriage is arranged or love. Quite a common question for India, as arranged marriages are more than 90% of […]