Travel to Tibet: Warm welcome to the top of the world

Travel to Tibet
Tibet will swell your heart to bursting, then smash it in pieces. It’s Shangri-La, Shambala, Shang Bala, the mythical mountain paradise. It’s absolutely stunning landscape. It’s Buddhism, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama. Tibetans greet us at the airport with long, white silk scarves they tie around our necks. These khatas symbolize purity and …

What do they call Chinese food in China? ‘Food’ … and some other tidbits

Some tidbits as we travel China: Children are taught English starting at age 5 now. Adorable tiny children walk by, smiling at me and shyly say “hello,” and are delighted when I answer. But most adults can’t speak it, and communication is often difficult. We use a translation app when we can. And at one …