Well I made it to Bhutan this morning. It was smart to spend a few days in Bangkok to adjust to the 15 hour time difference and I feel pretty good. The flight from Bangkok to Bhutan stopped in Dhaka, India near Bangladesh and it looked pretty bleak out there (a lot of impoverished houses and dry, arid land). Fortunately we just remained on the plane for about 30 minutes and then flew on to Paro, Bhutan. As we descended we could see Mt. Everest and the Himalayan mountains to our left, pretty spectacular. The plane had to zigzag in a steep descent into a narrow valley which was a bit scary. We met our guide, Tshering, who drove us to a nearby hotel where we will stay for two nights. We will then move on to Thimphu, the capital city, once Brad Berman and Kie Johnson arrive on Sunday. The weather here is clear and chilly, and is supposed to get down to freezing at night. As I am writing this there are a few people engaging in an archery contest outside my window, their national sport, with a lot of good cheer and hooting and hollering. A herd of 11 wild horses and a few yak also just went by!
Once I get to Thimphu on Monday, we will take part in a Resource Fair for People with Disabilities and tour the hospital. Tuesday we will meet with various people from Ability Bhutan Society and finish preparations for our three-day training.
I will send you guys some more updates as events unfold. Hope all is well back at home! Lisa