Wednesday, September 23, 2009

STL DPB On The Road: Samye Monastery, Tibet

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Back at home, I went to the supermarket last night to stock up on general supplies. The breakfast cereal display contained an overwhelming number of choices. It made me me think of the tiny hole-in-the-wall shops we saw everywhere in Tibet and Nepal. No choices there. This little girl we met near Samye Monastery clutches a stick of gum given her by one of our group. It looks like her only possession.

We just heard that China is closing Tibet to foreign visitors again on October 1, the time of celebrations of 60 years of Communist rule. Made it just in time.

More new Nepal and Tibet photos have been added to the set on Flickr here.

5 comments:

Virginia said...

This is heart wrenching B. Whew, the look on her sweet face!
V

cieldequimper said...

Ah, politics. Especially in free countries. Do you think that little girl always looks this unhappy or can her daily life be happy? You don't need gum or supermarkets to be happy. You do, however, need basic food, a roof, and lots of love and nurturing...

Olivier said...

un beau portait, mais elle semble bien triste (ou tres timide)

Bibi said...

I am certain there are a great deal of nice Chinese people, but I absolutely DEPLORE China's policy toward and takeover of Tibet. Enough said.

Well, almost enough. I am thoroughly enjoying your superb photos, though they are bittersweet.

Umbilicum Mundi Photos said...

Fantastic portrait, sweet child.