How do Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest Monastery), that emblematic image of Bhutan, and Pepto-Bismol go together?
Well, even for a day hike, you want to feel in the pink.
It's a steep hike from 2280 meters (7,480 feet) at the parking lot in the Paro Valley up the mountain to the 3180 meter (10,435 foot) level where you can see, or if you're lucky, visit Tiger's Nest.
There is a small hut, a "cafeteria", to rest in about 3/4 of the way up, but if you have a sudden attack of travelers' diarrhea, it'll probably be the bushes for you.
The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul, The Land of the Thunder Dragon....
I know it's a bad joke, but an attack of tourista on the road gives that a whole new meaning....
Apologies to my Bhutanese friends.... but it does give me another opportunity to tell you how much we rely on our favorite pink drink (or tablets).
Fern tips in chili and cheese sauce, yak meat with chilies, potatoes with yak cheese and chilies.
There's the Red Panda Wheat Beer. And of course, if offered, you must drink yak butter tea accompanied with popped rice and barley. Oh, yea, we were definitely "drinking pink".
In another bit of silliness on that winding drive to Haa, Mark started singing, "Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, staying alive, staying alive". (He needs to apologize to the BGs for that one!) I apologize for the quality of our video, but it does help get a feel for how you can have fun with anything, doesn't it?
All the local teens joined us in that refrain, and that had us all laughing! Let me tell you though, sometimes it's just how Pepto-Bismol makes you feel..... staying alive.
We have fun interacting with the locals.... as our silliness shows just as it did in China. And we never hesitate to accept a cup of tea in someone's house.... it makes travel more personal and meaningful.... and with Pepto-Bismol, we don't have to worry so much about staying healthy!
Happy, healthy travels! Judy and Mark
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