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The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. Photo by Chelsea Ferrel.

Bhutan Fan Club

Bhutan Fan Club. I’m a full blown member. I know what you’re thinking; we’ve only been here for a day and a half. Nonetheless, I’m convinced of how special this country is and would like to proclaim myself as Bhutan’s official biggest fan. Why am I so confident about that statement? Almost anybody would feel the same if they could come smell the air and listen to the birds. As I sit in the back of the farmhouse where we are taking residency, I can’t help but stop writing to look at the vast rice fields and clouds gently rolling over the mountains. We are staying in the humble town of Paro and heading to Thimphu later today. This may be the quietest place I’ve ever experienced which gives the whole country a meditative aura. I know that this is only the beginning of our journey but I like where it appears to be going. The emphasis on the environment is every present with 73% of the country covered with forests. It’s hard to not admire 400 year old cypress trees on a walk to Drukgel Dzong yesterday, or the wide, imperfect planks of wood lining the floor of one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. You could almost still feel the presence of Dilgo Khyentse, the Dalai Lama’s teacher and alleged reincarnation of the Second Buddha’s disciple who lived in that very building. So, while reflecting on these experiences, I decided that I would head the fan club of this beautiful country. If anybody is interested in becoming a member, all are welcome!