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Auld Lang Syne

I travel cheap, sleep cheap and eat well- my motto! I have been on the road since 1998, not a bad traveler. Being prepared is smart, but don't over do it. Traveling in Asia is fun and cheap. To experience any culture rightly I want to feel comfortable asap. By showing interest in a person and their heredity thru collecting art, antiques, textiles, whatever of that culture- people warm up quickly. Doors open that would otherwise be closed, and I go to places that I would never know if I didn't take the time to appreciate the peoples culture.

At the individual picture pages of the Tibetan Rug Gallery, Tibetan Textile Gallery and the Tibet Art Gallery, I discuss the meanings of Tibet Art symbolism and all antiques, textiles present. Please enjoy!

This site is dedicated to the items I collected along my Asian travels. But the collection is so far less valuable than the experiences. Yet without this "collecting" purpose the experiences are much less. How did I do it? Plan a goal and don't get to sidetracked. Open your heart, mind and conscious. I am not a rich man, my beginnings are f-ing humble, did a stint in the Army to get out of a shithole town, got out, went to school, recreated my life, etc.. Never worked in an office, never had a credit card, I can't remember the last time I bought a shirt or coat that wasn't second hand. People all have different priorities, I try not to judge others. We are all human, prone to make mistakes and we all die- this is life. Be pragmatic on one side and love beauty and breath life with the other- life is a balancing act. Truth is I was leaving America when I got in the accident (lost my leg) because I no longer liked what the American government was doing, creating a socialized welfare state isn't cool. Pampering ignorance and creating willfull disparity of the people and for the people (chuckle). We are all individuals and should strive to be happy and conscious. Without consciousness then happy has no meaning.

I hitchhiked into Tibet many times, without paying for the Chinese permit. I have hitched through South Asia, China, India looking for textiles and history. Traveling must have a sense of adventure and purpose that allows the imagination to grow beyond the bounds of present reality. That risk of not being picked up, spending days on the road, sleeping in the rain, in caves, at the train stations etc.. Eating something bad and staying in a $1 hotel where bedbugs play tug of war with the sheets isn't so dreamy but then again...walking gives a person exercise and perspective, trying new foods make the taste buds jump alive, bedbug bites go away. So many stories of love, beauty, people- this is what I remember and keeps things exciting. I do carry The Lonely Planet Travel Guide, it is good as a reference- it isn't a Bible nor should a person think it is. Actually I imagine the writers must be intelligent to be able to travel down the Congo and write "Father Knows Best" gibberish "Gee wiz, the salad was the most incredible thing I ever had in front of me!" Know who butters your bread a? I couldn't do it, though I wish I could. Anywho, I highly recommend dropping out and traveling in Africa, Asia, Central and West Asia. A guide book is helpful. Traveling allows you to appreciate what you have, how lucky we are to be able to do it.

I have added captions to try and explain what I saw and how it felt to see it. These pictures represent the past, tomorrow you may be able to see what I saw but maybe not.

 

 


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Bhutanese_Rie_wear_kira.jpg

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boy_monk.png

breath_taking_views.png

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buying_trip_inside_home.png

canopy_above_lama.png

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chanting_monks.png

chanting_monks_pray.png

chinese_monk_counting_money.png

clay_art.png

clouds_and_stupa_matching.png

cute.png

cute2.png

cute_boy_monk.png

cute_kids.png

dark_room.png

dirty_boy.png

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door_art.png

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everyday_education.png

evil_looking_face.png

far_away.png

father_son1.png

father_son2.png

festival.png

festival3.png

festival_Sprite.png

first_time_in_Tibet.png

first_time_in_Tibet2.png

flagsa1.png

flag_stupa.png

floating_dorje.png

glacier_monastery.png

grazing_yaks_1.png

headdress.png

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head_lama.png

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high_altitude.png

horse.png

horse_blanket.png

incense_gods_smell.png

indian_like_wall_art.png

inside_monastery.png

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interesting_village.png

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I_love_my_wife.png

jokang.png

jokang_inside.png

jokang_potola.png

lama_protectorate.png

landscape.png

landscape2.png

lhadaki_women5.png

lhadak_woman.png

lhasa_fest.png

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lhasa_festival3.png

lhasa_festival4.png

lhasa_fest_prayer.png

lhasa_fest_thangka_unrolled.png

lhasa_yogart_fest.png

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lovely.png

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lunch_at_the_nunnery.png

making_butter_wax_fig.png

making_chang_beer.png

making_chang_beer2.png

making_chang_beer3.png

making_new_thangka.png

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man1.png

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man6.png

mani_wheels_yak_leather.png

mantras_chanting.png

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monastery.png

monastery2.png

monastery3.png

monastery4.png

monastery5.png

monastery_aisle_runner.png

monastery_E_Tibet.png

monk1.png

monk2.png

monk_burning_incense.png

more_scarey_masks.png

more_thangkas.png

my_guide_village_buying.png

my_personal_buddha.png

nambu_tigma_monastery.png

nice_horse_pic.png

nice_old_thangka.png

nice_patina.png

nomad.png

nomads.png

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nomad_and_wife.png

nomad_camp.png

nomad_friend.png

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nomad_tent_mastiff.png

nuevo_traditional_woman.png

odd_coloring_on_this.png

odd_lighting.png

old_embroidery_applique.png

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our_home___kidding.png

outside_the_jokang.png

painted_doors.png

painted_yak_head.png

party.png

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peaceful_wall_art.png

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peaceful_wife.png

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peaceful_woman2.png

peace_in_the_wind.png

piglrim.png

pine_incense_burning.png

plgrims_fest.png

potolaa1.png

prayer_beads.png

prayer_book_cover.png

prayer_book_cover2.png

prayer_flags_and_stupa.png

prayer_table.png

pray_spining_mani_wheel.png

rebuilt_monastery_treasures.png

recreation_monks.png

riemike.png

Rie_I.png

scenery1.png

sheep1.png

skins.png

skull.png

spining_wool.png

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statue_broke_shipping.png

stone_carving.png

stone_stupas_slept_hitching.png

thangkas_monastery1.png

thankgas_monastery2.png

thankgas_monastery3.png

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traditional_bhutanese_dress.png

traditional_bhutanese_man.png

traditional_nuevo.png

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village_life.png

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vil_monastery_E_Tibet3.png

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wall_art.png

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woman1.png

woman2.png

woman3.png

woman4.png

woman6.png

woman_7.png

women1.png

world_drops_off.png

xiahe_fest.png

yak1.png

yak2.png

yak3.png

yak4.png

yaks_in_kham.png

yak_stupa.png

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