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By Britta Das

Usually noticeable as a mystical paradise on the finish of the realm, Bhutan is inaccessible to so much travelers. Set opposed to the dramatic surroundings of the Himalaya, this pretty memoir unearths hardships and happiness in a land virtually untouched via the West. while Britta, a tender physiotherapist, is going to paintings in a distant village health center, her reliable intentions are positioned to the try amid monsoons, fleas and stunning stipulations. yet as she visits houses within the mountains and learns the mysteries of tantric Buddhism, the rustic casts its enduring spell. Gaining insights into the traditions of this mystical country, she makes buddies and falls in love. Bhutan will swap her existence endlessly.

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The boys seem pleased, but pretending not to notice, they only steal a few sidelong glances at the shiny black hair and the soft curves hidden by a kira. From the bazaar, the road in the direction of Thimphu leads down, and I follow it with easy steps. At a tight bend, a creek slows its rush and meanders through the trees. A group of Indian women is squatting by its side, rinsing their laundry and slapping the clothes on the flat stones around them. A little further on, a steep path leads almost vertically up to a small cluster of houses.

From the bazaar, the road in the direction of Thimphu leads down, and I follow it with easy steps. At a tight bend, a creek slows its rush and meanders through the trees. A group of Indian women is squatting by its side, rinsing their laundry and slapping the clothes on the flat stones around them. A little further on, a steep path leads almost vertically up to a small cluster of houses. I decide to stray and start climbing. The track is wet and slippery, and my running shoes fail miserably to grip the ground.

I nod and inspect the other opened bags and baskets in front of the counter. There is a basket with potatoes and, miraculously, another one with broccoli. ‘I will get for you, madam. ’ Rinzin Tshockey picks up several potatoes, turns them in his hand, checks them for bad spots, and drops only the most satisfactory ones into another plastic bag for me. He adds a head of broccoli. ‘Please doctor…’ Already the word has spread throughout town that the blond foreigner is a doctor. I have no idea who anyone is, and yet everyone else seems to be well informed about my identity.

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