Conquers Yak Butter Tea
And Red Hot Chilies in Bhutan

COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us.  We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.

Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel.  No one can take away those memories though.  We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels. 

Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Taktshang Goemba and Pepto-Bismol? 

How do Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest Monastery), that emblematic image of Bhutan, and the pink stuff 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.

For a glimpse at some sights in Bhutan...... and for some sounds.... like monks chanting, prayer wheels ringing... watch our amateur video...  We wanted you to know that we did more than clown around.

But, Pepto-Bismol in Bhutan?

It all started when we entered a contest for the pink stuff.  We took photos all along the way on this trip.  It was fun... and funny... but no, we didn't win the contest!

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 with the new security rules on liquids).

It takes more than the spin of a prayer wheel to stay healthy even though the food in the vegetable markets looks great.

All the standard caveats apply about eating and drinking for travel health, but Pepto-Bismol will make the difference... at least it has for us.

Spinning a prayer wheel Haa Valley Bhutan
Even Bhutanese bars have traditional decor
Pepper in vegetable markets call for pepto-bismol
Sharing yak butter tea with Bhutanese friends

The veges ARE great, but there are the sauces, the yak butter, the yak cheese, the CHILIES!!!!

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".

Pepto-Bismol keeps us healthy in Paro Bhutan

We took an excursion through the Haa Valley. The night before, we had dinner with some local friends. They assured us they had gone light on the chilies, but that dinner had Mark taking extra swigs of the pink stuff.

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.

Pepto-Bismol Drink Pink

We always want to remind you to check with your doctor before using Pepto-Bismol this way... We just say... when we "drink pink", we manage to stay in the pink...

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 travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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