Bowled Over by Bhutan - 2007

troublesome than a little discomfort and some slight puffiness but that would be less than

candid. Unfortunately, a very severe sprain was the result and the disability it caused me

continued throughout the trip. Walking up steps was actually the easiest part of the trip,

hiking the next least problem, but going down steps was a misery because my ankle was

weak and very painful on the downgrades. As I was to learn to my sorrow, so much of

sightseeing in Southeast Asia is climbing up and down stone stairs—to visit temples,

monasteries, museums, ruins, hotels, restaurants, getting into boats. It really was an

inconvenience of the first water, but it could have been so much worse—like a fracture.

So I didn’t complain and refused to let it stop me from going anywhere and everywhere

anyone else did.

ARCHITECTURE

We were surprised to see how different the building style in Bhutan is compared to what

we had seen in Nepal, Tibet and India—the nearest influences. Typical Bhutanese homes

are two or three storeys, made of bamboo, mud and bricks with an overlay of stucco. The

houses are usually white or beige and often have complicated paintings of mythical

animals, phalluses, demons, and flowers decorating the outer walls. All the houses

exhibit elaborate external window and door treatments, with enlarged frameworks

surrounding the openings.

Those frameworks are wooden constructions of angular design and bright colors.

The uniformity of this architectural style is quite striking; the impression is quite unlike our

country, where you might have a log cabin next to a colonial, or a federal style sitting

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