Suitcase and World: May 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yakety yak.

When you think of Peru, you think of llamas, Australia....the kangaroo, Egypt....the camel. So what comes to mind when you think of Tibet? Only one four legged creature is unique to this part of the world -- the yak!

Monday, May 21, 2007

From sweat to shivers.

Since going to Tibet was the real objective behind this trip, I decided to travel in October - which is, according to most of the guide books and travel sites that I read, is THE best month to go to Tibet.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


I'm fascinated by the design and symbolism represented by flags so before I visit a country, I often spend time learning about its flag. Here's what I've discovered about the flags of India, Nepal, Tibet, and China as well the Prayer Flag that is omnipresent in Nepal and Tibet.

The Flag of the Republic of India

Saturday, May 12, 2007

More Gear.

I've become such a gearhead. Sigh.

Before I did any reading about going to Tibet, I had thought that I would travel there in summertime - around July. This would allow me to enjoy the heights of Everest without having to endure really cold weather. To be certain of the weather conditions, I checked the World Meteorological Organization's weather map and suprisingly enough, the high and low temperatures in Tibet (using Lhasa as the gauge) in October hover around 60+F during the day and 30+F at night which I find to be surprisingly comfortable temperatures. So I now plan to go around October - this will also make for more comfortable travel in both India and Nepal though New Delhi, India will still be in the 90+F degree range and humid to boot. Ugh. Kathmandu, Nepal will be in the 80'sF and I'm hoping somewhere between New Delhi and Lhasa in humidity level....I hope.