A: When I got my prayer beads blessed by a lama (click here to watch the video). It was special because we did it as a family. I also really liked the people in our tour group. They were very nice to me. I also really liked our guides, Tshering from Bhutan and Richard from Scotland. Richard is an expert on Bhutan and told us a lot about the culture and Buddhism. I learned a lot.
Q: What's the biggest difference between Bhutan and the United States?
A: In Bhutan, we are the foreigners (or Chilips as we were called). They have terraced rice fields almost everywhere you look. You don't see that in America. They don't have any traffic lights in the entire country, so you don't have to wait in traffic. My dad liked that!
Q: Did you see any animals in Bhutan?
A: Yes, we saw grey langur monkeys when we were driving in the buses. They were in the trees and sitting on rocks along the side of the road. They had black faces, white bodies, and long tails.
Q: What was the coolest thing you did in Bhutan?
A: We went camping along a river and went into a hot, stone bath. This is a bathtub made out of wood with an area with hot rocks used to heat up the water. Ours was so hot, the water was bubbling! There were leaves in the tub and I felt like the Lochness monster.
Q: What was it like to hike to the Tiger's Nest?
A: The Tiger's nest is a temple that hangs on the side of a cliff. Part of it is in a cave. It's a really long hike (the elevation is 11,000 feet). There was a tea house half way up where we stopped to drink, cool off, and rest a little. There were prayer flags going all the way from one side of the cliff to the other. We all enjoyed it, even my mom who is afraid of heights. She made it to the top because Tyler and I helped her.