Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bizarre Bhutan

This is the palace of Bhutan, where the government makes up unusual laws. One such law is there's no alcohol on Tuesdays, and no one warned us.
Every day at work and while playing archery, Bhutanese are required to wear their traditional dress, shown here. They somehow can aim arrows across the length of a football field and not hit their friends. 
Bhutan qualified for the Olympics team once, but didn't win because the distance wasn't ridiculous enough for them.
We got to try, and you can see our guide's shock when Barry hit the much closer target.
There's quite a lot of Buddhism, and we learned who all of these deities were, but I mainly remembered that none were women.
Then we went to the paper "factory".
We bought some of their high tech wares.
The food in Bhutan is unusual, and challenging for the tourist to access. The national dish is chilies with cheese. Modern places have replaced local cheese with plasticky velveeta.
We went to the market to learn more.
Here, they have very hard rock cheese, which you soften in your mouth to eat.
Evidently, this takes all day, or there's something wrong with my mouth.
The best food is momos, which Barry learned to make here.
Apparently we made our skins too thick, but they were pretty delicious!
To help you enjoy to road and the scenery, Bhutan has unusual road signs.
After all that driving, time for a traditional very hot rock bath. We found that the prison-like atmosphere cut into the relaxation somewhat.