Today we left Thimphu, we spent the day visiting the Buddha Dordenma, the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan, from this vantage point, the capital city of Bhutan can be seen in clear view.. Taking 4x5 large format shots of this scene can be easily marked as the highlight of my career so far..The Wandering Artists will spend the next two days headed eastward, the roads are all under construction, narrow and extremely steep. The drivers here are very skilled to say the least. From the view of the bus window we observe that the landscape here changes so drastically, from perpetual snow, pine and cedars to thick jungle, I really wish I could spend more time here, it will be a challenge to capture Bhutan, and the Bhutanese people in this short time.. The history is so vast, the culture so unique.
After over 35 hours of travelling straight from Vancouver, we finally arrive in Bhutan. It is truly a place that is difficult to describe in words. I'll do my best tomorrow, wifi granted, with more rest. Pictures coming.
The Wandering Artists spend the day traveling. First stop Hong Kong, then headed to Bangkok for a 6 hour layover. I haven't slept in over 24 hours, I imagine/hope I will soon. Reality is starting to settle in...
On the eve of our journey, Lobsang makes his final preparations. I take a moment to appreciate the humble space where he has spent many hours, tirelessly working in setting up the conditions for this trip. Spirits are high in anticipation for our departure, sleep will be minimal. We fly from Vancouver to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Bangkok, and finally Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan.
Today The Wandering Artist team met up for the first time together at the University of British Columbia. There we picked up Mr. William Carey's seminal work and lexicon, "A Grammar of Sanskrita" -1806. We then headed to the Tsengdok Monastery in SouthVanCity to be blessed by the Rinpoche. The team is now making it's final preparations for the adventure ahead. Thank you Arc'teryx and The Doris Edward's Foundation for all the support and gear.
More to come
Tomorrow I will be catching a connecting flight from MTL to TO then VC, where I will stay for a couple days before flying out to Bhutan on the 22nd. Before I go, I'd like to take a moment to express my gratitude to those who helped me make this trip a reality. Thank you Lobsang Tenzin and the Wandering Artist team for the invitation to work on this amazing opportunity. Thank you to Genevieve, Patrice and the rest of the Kelly et Cie team for the amazing support. Thank you Concordia University for flexibility and last but not least, a big thank you to my ever supporting and loving wife Araya and to my amazing my family..for everything.