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  • Bhutan Tobacco Policy and Administration Report I have completed my final report on Bhutan's unique anti-tobacco legislation enacted in 2004. You can read the entire report here: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Michael.S.Givel-1/Bhutan%20Tobacco%20Monograph8.pdf Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Nov 24, 2009
  • Taktshang, The Tiger’s Nest RIM has finished training another group of Japanese volunteers. To cap off their orientation, they took a field trip to the famous Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang Lhakhang), the temple to Guru Rinp Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Nov 18, 2009
  • Travels in Central BhutanWe all made a trip to the district of Bumthang in central Bhutan Oct. 23-26. Bumthang is rural area, famous for its cheese and festivals, and its own style of food. We choose to go on a weekend to minimize Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Nov 13, 2009
  • The Pobjilkha ValleyPobjilkha is a beautiful green valley, the bottom just turning rust colored as frost hits the sedges. The bottom is about 4km wide and very long, long enough that some residents migra Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Nov 10, 2009
  • Thimphu Tsechu Day 3We've been having computer and internet problems, so here (only a bit late!) is the description of the the last day of the Thimphu Festival, on Sept. 30. Since then, it's gotten much cooler, only a light jacket is needed Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Nov 5, 2009
  • The Prime Minister and IJust a short update on the progress of my Fulbright research in Bhutan. I am now in the final stage of my research on the policy and administration of Bhutan's landmark 2004 anti-tobacco law. The 2004 anti-tobacco law banned Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Nov 4, 2009
  • Bhutan On Two Wheels - ProloguePrologue: It was a sunny Monday afternoon and the chat table at CCD was getting heated up without any hot ingredient from the vendor. Bullz were zeroing in on their ticket bookings for an upcoming long ride to the mountains. The Posted by arnabm00 in Bhutan On Two Wheels | Nov 1, 2009
  • Thimphu Tsechu Day 2Mike and Noah decide to stay home this day; the dances do get kind of long. I’m a bit late today and am relegated to sitting on the ground in front of the concrete benches. It’s much more crowded today; the Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Oct 12, 2009
  • Thimphu Tsechu Day 1We arrived about ½ hour early at the Tashichoe Dzong (the local Thimphu dzong, residence of the King, and seat of government), joining the throngs in their best clothes, jewelry and ceremonial scarves. A few years ago a new courtyard/amphitheater Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Oct 8, 2009
  • Holiday Season in ThimphuA holiday season for both Buddhists and Hindus in Thimphu began on Thursday September 17 with a “puja” for cars. A “puja” is a religious offering, prayer, or action. One taxi driver told me it was the day of the Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Oct 5, 2009
  • Return to ParoThere is so much to see and do in Paro (the small town about 1.5 hrs from Thimphu where the airport is) that we had to return. We were hoping The National Museum of Bhutan might have some history books Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Oct 2, 2009
  • The Ancient Laws of BhutanIn 1616, the modern founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel arrived from Tibet in Bhutan as prophesized by Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. Zhabdrung unified Bhutan under one governmental system. Guru Rinpoche foresaw the building of the Pu Posted by mgivel in Bhutan Diary | Sep 14, 2009
  • The National Memorial ChortenThimphu’s Memorial Chorten is both a chorten and a temple in one. It occupies a prominent place in the center of the main road near the south entrance of the city proper; traffic splits to go around it. It was Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Aug 29, 2009
  • A Hike to Tango GoembaSunday, Aug. 23, we got a bit of an early start and hiked up to Tango Goemba, a monastery about 12 km north of Thimphu. We started with a drive up the valley, winding through lush pine and oak forests, Posted by rsherry in Bhutan Diary | Aug 28, 2009
  • 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
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