An Open Tibet: 16 / 30

May 26, 2008

16 of 30 from the Open Tibet series.


Above: A bicycle in the Muslim quarter of Lhasa

Having been almost a month since the last update to this series, you may have understandably thought that I had given up on it. Rest assured, this is not the case. This series will reach the thirty entry milestone, mark my words.

I find myself presently in Connecticut — a brief detour from a one month stay in New York City. Anyone who has been to Connecticut is well aware there is an abundance of foliage. In particular trees. And the light we get here in the northeast is quite striking, particularly so as it filters through the leaves of our tress at the start or end of a day.

On seeing this light I'm reminded of the light in Tibet, but in a much different context. Being essentially entirely above the tree line, there are no leaves to speak of in the Connecticut sense. But there is a beautiful light that hits you in the early hours as you wander about Lhasa. And this light will burn you (without you knowing since it's probably quite chilly) if you don't take precaution throughout the day.

And there are certainly a good number of bicycles.

The above bicycle being a fine specimen of Chinese engineering (this bike may very well be 200 years old — I had no way to investigate).

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