It's always fun to meet an iconic image like this in person. Like seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, a sight such as this confirms your presence at somewhere special. On first viewing the monastery, I asked Ugyen, "What were they thinking?"
Our stay in Bhutan stretched just seven days. It's hard to imagine how we'd managed to pack so much experience in to such a short time. But that's travel, right? It's all about the experience. We certainly had lots of that.
My heartfelt thanks to Ugyen, whose knowledge, compassion and friendship will remain in my memory forever. And thanks, too, to Carol, without whose sense of companionship, adventure and generosity this trip would have never been possible.