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  • Gardens at the Top of the WorldBhutan has a huge and diverse flora of about 7,000 plant species that spans tropical forests in the south up through temperate broad-leaved forests to pine and fir forests and up past timberline to alpine meadows. It's especially known for Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Aug 21, 2009
  • Gross National Happiness ReduxIn 1972, Bhutan's fourth hereditary King Jigme Singye Wangchuk proclaimed that Gross National Happiness (GNH) was more important than Gross Domestic Product, http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/bhutan/gnh.html. This proclamation, which did not Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Aug 17, 2009
  • Changlimithang National Stadium Last Sunday, August 2, we spent the afternoon at Changlimithang National Stadium watching a friend of ours compete in the Yangphel archery tournament. The stadium houses tennis and squash courts, a Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Aug 9, 2009
  • Holiday in ParoThis past Saturday we visited the west Bhutan city of Paro. This was also the day of the Bhutanese national holiday--the First Sermon of the Lord Buddha. That sermon happened after the Buddha's six years of meditation under the Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jul 28, 2009
  • Ancient and Modern Knowledge at National LibraryI have begun my research on tobacco control policy and administration in Bhutan. First hand sources in scholarly research, of course, are important in the data collection process. One source of priceless books and scrolls mostly (but not Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jul 26, 2009
  • Total Eclipse over ThimphuI had told Mike to wake me early. I resisted but managed to roll out of bed about six and was on the street by 6:30 am. A taxi came by right away and I headed to the top of Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jul 22, 2009
  • Weekend MarketWe’ve visited the large open-air weekend market several times now. It is roofed, with concrete stalls selling a large variety of local fruits, vegetables, diary products and incense, including eggs, fresh butter, soft and hard Bhutanese white cheeses, ban Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jul 18, 2009
  • Housing and Thimphu CityscapeTuesday (July 7) we began the process of opening a bank account. It requires two passport-sized photos of each of us and took nearly a week. That afternoon, we also moved into the new apartment RIM selected. The building is Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jul 18, 2009
  • TashichhodzongI recently visited one of the most important government and monastic buildings and forts or dzongs in Bhutan--Tashichhodzong. Tashichhodzong was built in 1641 by the founder of Bhutan--Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This immense fortress was rebuilt in 1962, Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jul 12, 2009
  • Field Trip, Sunday, July 6thOn Sunday, all the volunteers and some of the RIM staff and students board buses for a picnic breakfast and lunch in the mountains and a visit to Punakha Dzong. We take the main road south out of Thimphu and Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jul 7, 2009
  • Becky and Noah's First Full Day in BhutanNoah and I join Mike in his rooms in the Executive Hostel on the RIM campus. We are the only guests. Chokie, the head cook serves us breakfast and dinner there. I get my first taste of the most common Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jul 7, 2009
  • Bhutan's Natural EnvironmentIn our informative ongoing orientation, the seven Japanese volunteers and myself received a great overview on the natural environment of Bhutan. Bhutan is a very beautful and rugged country. There are three general eco-zones including subtropical in the s Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jul 2, 2009
  • Getting to Know Bhutan and ThimphuThe seven Japanese volunteers and myself are receiving an intensive orientation of Bhutanese customs, history, cuisine, dress, arts and culture, and politics. The Japanese volunteers are all in their 20s and have professional backgrounds in engineering, e Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jun 30, 2009
  • Thimphu, BhutanWell, on Sunday June 28th, I flew into Paro International Airport on DrukAir. The flight was very smooth. I was able to get a left window seat and a good view of some of the world's highest mountain peaks. Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jun 29, 2009
  • Some Media Coverage and Leaving for BhutanThere has been some recent media coverage of our trip to Bhutan by Oklahoma media outlets. One really good story appeared in the University of Oklahoma student paper on June 15, 2009--the Oklahoma Daily: [url=http://oudaily.com/news/2009/jun/1 Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jun 21, 2009
  • More On What I Will be Doing in BhutanFrom July to December 2009, the Royal Institute of Management in Thimphu, Bhutan will be hosting me as the first American Fulbright scholar to the country of Bhutan. In 1990, the Royal Institute of Management was granted a Royal Charter. Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Jun 15, 2009
  • Literature and FilmAs you might imagine, once we learned we were indeed going to Bhutan, we wanted to learn everything we could about Bhutan and its religion and culture. Smithsonian Magazine had a recent feature about Bhutan, [url=http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/da-bh Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Jun 14, 2009
  • Festival in BhutanThe early history of Bhutan abounds with narratives of the great deeds of buddhist masters. These stories often defy logic and modern interpretation but such was their sway over our pool of beliefs and customs that they became the very Posted by pwangchu in Bhutan, the last Shangri-la | Aug 5, 2008
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  • Preparing for BhutanWell, there it is - a half meter stack of new gear for a relatively simple trekking trip. Or so they say. Scary. Posted by Distant in The Ends of the World | Oct 14, 2007
  • Welcome to the Kingdom of BhutanThe Kingdom of Bhutan is also known as Druk Yul, the Land of Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is endowed with rich treasures of untouched natural landscape comprising of towering peaks, beautiful valleys, r Posted by B-bluesky in Welcome to the Kingdom of Bhutan | Oct 27, 2006
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