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

First day in Bhutan

After settling into Bhutan a bit yesterday evening, and after everyone’s first taste of butter tea with breakfast (!), we spent the morning visiting nearby Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, which was the home of the highly revered Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche for many years; as well as the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, one of Bhutan’s iconic fort-cum-religious-and-administrative-centers, which is currently under reconstruction.

Some students used the afternoon to have some well-earned rest, while others went out to see another Dzong and the nearby national museum. In the evening everyone reconvened for some group discussions and an unexpected performance of Bhutanese music and dance outside of the farmhouse where we are staying. We are all off to bed now and looking forward to moving to the capital city of Thimphu tomorrow morning.