This is us at northeast side base camp of “Chomolungma” – Mount Everest. 5180m. Made by Hannu!
It was very cold in Tibet.
One morning, the day before crossing the border to Nepal, we woke up in a town called Old Tingri. Hannu, driver and the guide were finishing their breakfast. I decided to stretch my legs and went to the main street, which was basically the only street in town. It was cold, the town was dirty and depressing, I was grumpy and happy to leave.
It was 9 a.m. and people were getting ready to work. Five sheep carcasses were hanging on the side of the road to be sold. The shepherd and his wife had just sold one and were tying it on the back of a motorbike. I was walking up and down the street, waiting for the others to get ready. The shepherd probably saw this and the next time I passed him by, he started to dance in the middle of the street. His wife was clapping, laughing and giving me signs that her husband is crazy. I joined clapping and the shepherd invited me to dance with him. People were passing by with their trucks and motorbikes, the wife was clapping and all of a sudden I was also dancing in the middle of the street, trying to dance in a similar manner as the shepherd. How uncomfortable and awkward. Confused, I thanked the shepherd and left to see if others had finished their breakfast.
All of a sudden, Tibet felt like a less colder place. Bless all the crazy people in the world.
The train to Tibet was full of Chinese and South Korean travelers – as far as I know there were only two Tibetans in the train. We got the chance to share the same cabin with them. When getting on board I thought Tibetans are different from us Finns. But after 44 hours spent together, it became obvious we’re not all that different after all: Rina was reading the recently published Steve Jobs biography, taking off her contact lenses and watching a film on her iPad before going to sleep. Nima was reading management books and played a game of Angry Birds every once in a while. Good times spent together, thanks Rina and Nima.