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August 12: In Dharamsala, India.

We continued north to the hilly town of McCleod Ganj just above Dharamsala, which is where the Dalai Lama hangs out at. We went to see his crib but he wasn't home -- off traveling the world to pimp his Tibet cause.

In McCleod Ganj, we went to a street restaurant (a hole in the wall) where this kid ...literally, KID took and cooked our order. If only the Child Services folks knew! But I guess it's better than having him at home watching TV or playing video games.

His "hole in the wall" was actually pretty nice. Here's Christi waiting for her meal -- "just relax, the kid will get your order soon... give him a break!"

Here's another cool place. As the sign says, it's actually a "Tea Hut." Tea, and he does serve omelette sandwiches ...but that's it. We waited for the chap wearing the white shirt sitting in front of the Tea Hut to leave so that we could take the bench and watch life go by while sipping on chai.

A little history. So back in the mid-50's, the Chinese People's Liberation Army under Mao Tse Tung invaded Tibet and took it ...claiming that it was a part of China. If that wasn't bad enough... they killed a million people or so and destroyed 90% or more of the Tibetan temples and monateries.

About some 250,000 Tibetans fled -- including their spiritual and political leader, the Dalai Lama -- to Dharamsala and Darjeeling in India where they found asylum. So in Dharamsala, there were signs posted like the ones above in the photo to "Free Tibet," "Release Political Prisoners," etc... To date, the Chinese government has a strong and heavy hand over Tibet, which is not good. The Chinese government needs to enlightenment.

On Sunday, we witnessed a protest march. See the video below.

Video: Tibetans march for their freedom.




  • 10: China Part I
  • 16: China Part II
  • 26: China Part III

  • 6: China Part IV
  • End: China Part V

  • 5: China Part VI
  • 9: China Part VII
  • 12: China Part VIII
  • 24: We Make it to Tibet

  • 2: We Arrive in Kathmandu
  • 25: Back in Pokhara, Nepal
  • 29: A Hotel in Pokhara

  • 4: Back to Kathmandu
  • 31: Trekked to Everest Base Camp

  • 21: To Calcutta, India
  • 25: More of Calcutta

  • 12: Quick Trip to Thailand

  • 8: Back to India
  • 10: The Golden Temple
  • 12: In Dharamsala, India
  • 21: Marijuana in Manali

  • 9: Northern India
  • 22: More of Inida

  • 3: Aswan & The Pyramids
  • 4: Abu Simbel (Egypt)
  • 7: Onward to Luxor
  • 13: White Desert in The Sahara
  • 20: Egypt's Awesome Beaches

  • 30: 40 Days in the Desert

  • 13: Jordan & Syria
  • 18: Then Turkey