黎明时分是一个城市最美好、最纯净的时刻。 空旷、自然，你可以看到这个城市最本真的样子。 在一天匆忙生活开始之前，很多城市看起来更像是好莱坞电影中的布景。 清晨缓慢的生活对于曼哈顿来说是少见的，睡眼惺忪的遛狗人，有些还穿着睡衣，被狗狗带着仿佛梦游一般。
缓慢而又平稳前进的垃圾车发出的声音和公共汽车的喇叭声不时打破清晨的寂静。 而在华盛顿，即使在一年中最忙的时候，清晨也相对悠闲。 在早晨的光线下，一尘不染、庄严肃穆的建筑别有一番雄伟壮丽的味道，仿佛这些建筑都整装待发等待别人的膜拜。 洛杉矶的闹市区，工作日的六点钟要比周末热闹得多，车流源源不断地开进停车场，将它们的主人送往位高权重的国际金融中心或者律师事务所。 但是到了周末，空荡荡的街道让人仿佛置身空城。 洛杉矶18英里外的圣莫妮卡（加利福尼亚州西南部沿海的旅游城市，位于洛杉矶西侧。）的海滩荒凉无人，只有早起的慢跑人和睡在树下的流浪汉。
当太阳在巴黎升起时，新鲜的面包棍香味飘满了街道，虽然此时没有商店开门，能让你享用到美味的食物。 而阿姆斯特丹的运河在黎明时分静静地泛着波光，游艇难得地空闲下来，安静地停泊在码头。 有一次我因为倒时差，在阿姆斯特丹约旦区的街头随意闲逛，一个疯子追赶着我，用德语向我大喊，这是我早晨在那个地方见到的唯一生物。 有一次去希腊参加一个特别的周年聚会，妈妈和我几乎把雅典跑遍了，就为吃到一顿早饭，海鸥在头顶盘旋，鱼贩的味道把我们熏得够戗。 曼谷仿佛没有休息的时候，即使凌晨四点的机场，按摩店的生意也和纽约周六中午的美甲沙龙一样兴隆。
现在是早晨六点半，隆冬季节，天气非常寒冷，但还没有冷到这个海拔应该冷到的程度。 六条骨瘦如柴的流浪狗成群结队地在大街上晃荡，根本无视路上稀稀拉拉路过的车辆。 一辆豪华越野车轰隆隆地开过去，说不定是一位重要人物开车去机场或者办公室。 在不丹，政府将只有少数私人可以买得起的好车发放给各个部长使用。
一辆卡车驶过，大约二十个印度人站在拖车上，前往建筑工地。 一些尼泊尔妇女用一些稻草做成的短柄扫帚弯腰扫地。 她们的眼神沉重，虽然才刚刚起床，但看起来仿佛已经劳动了八个小时。 一位妇女用背带背着一个婴儿，婴儿不知什么时候在母亲扫地时睡着了。
人行道上到处都是裂缝和破洞，还有很多鲜红色的痰迹，正是无处不在的多玛的残渣。 在廷布行走，得时时刻刻当心脚下的路。 但是总看脚下，却又错过了喜马拉雅美丽的天空。 白云像一簇簇的棉花糖，簇拥着山峦，让山谷看起来恍若仙境。
廷布没有交通信号灯。 那个用太极拳似的手势指挥交通的古板警察还没有上班。 但这个时候根本就不需要交警，你可以放心大胆地走在马路的中间。 到晚上挤满焦虑不安的游戏者的斯诺克游戏厅，也还没有营业。 布店、饭店、美容“沙龙”以及全卖着一模一样鞋的鞋店都还没有开门营业。 而一个小时后，在这些街道穿行就不仅需要耐心，还需要高超的技术了，仿佛在玩一场追逐的电子游戏。 到时候，孩子们和狗就会把人行道挤得满满的。 肮脏、坑洼不平的街道上挤满了满面风霜的妇女，摆摊叫卖鲜红的辣椒和米粒，让人忍不住停留下来购买，这样一来，道路上的人摩肩擦踵，越挤越多。
这个时候找到一家已经开始营业的店铺需要碰运气。 而如果有店铺开门的话，肯定是在廷布唯一的商业大街——诺新街上。 在街区中间靠下的地方，兹林宗喀路，我终于看到了生命的迹象，有一家店开门了！ 我把头伸了进去。
“我要买些饼干带到库佐电台去，给'早起的鸟儿'节目组的人吃。”我有些歉意地解释，抱歉这么早来打扰她。 其实对于卖家来说，你到我这儿来买东西就足够了，至于为什么要买根本就不重要。 但我要通过这句话向他表明我不是那种在廷布街头闲逛的游客，如果你看起来是个外地人，价格马上就会贵起来。
这家店里没有新鲜的烘焙食物，我通常就买一袋从印度进口的花生黄油饼干。 “早起的鸟儿”的主持人很爱吃这种饼干。 我也需要一点东西来填饱肚子，于是我拿了一些清淡的消化饼。 有时还买一包红茶，以防播音室的茶叶又被锁了拿不出来。我给店主一张100努的纸币，按照现在的汇率，大概两块多一点美元，他找了我40努。
随着太阳越升越高，街道慢慢充满生机起来。 一些行人害羞而又友好地回应着我的微笑。 有一些——极少数的——好像对我的到来并不高兴，有些怒气冲冲地瞪着我。 很多孩子把我当做了练习英语的对象，当我对他们热情洋溢的“你好”做出回应的时候，他们又咯咯咯地笑着跑开了。 在我到达廷布一周后，每当我走到这条街道，这家商店附近的孩子都会跟在我身后，一边走一边叫着“库佐调频，库佐调频”。
佛教里说你所需要的东西都在你心中，莫向外求。 没有东西——没有人，也没有地方——可以让你生活得圆满或者让你幸福。 随着年龄的增长，经历的事情越来越多，我越来越能参悟这句话。 当然，有时候，地点的变化和身边的人会在恰当的时间，用恰当的方式触动你的心灵，让你内心深处的某种感受苏醒过来。
而正是恰当的时间和恰当的地点唤醒了我心中的爱意。 我人生有很大一部分时间都是在处于急剧变化的地方度过的，但是我很享受这种环境。 上大学时，我所在的学校刚开办十年。 我最开心的工作经历是在一个刚刚处于起步阶段的公司，和它共同成长。 在某种程度上，不丹也是一个正在崛起的地方——一个古老的、曾经与世隔绝的国家目前正飞速向前发展，新的国王，刚刚起步的民主制度，新的宪法。 技术和媒体正对不丹的文化基础带来极大的冲击和威胁。 不丹需要对外界带给它的冲击做出适当的调整，毕竟它与外面的世界隔绝得太久了。
我如此倾心不丹还有一个原因，和这儿的居民有关：他们说话的韵律，他们那种带有讽刺感的幽默，他们的单纯无邪，他们被邻国所影响的新习气，他们对自己文化和国王的自豪感，他们的生活节奏，还有他们各种各样的迷信和佛教行为方式。大家都互相认识，或者至少知道怎么去找你要找的人。 每个人都有自己独特的魅力。 卡玛是一个艺术家，金利非常具有记者天赋，佩玛是个天生的领导。 这儿会让你觉得人与人之间互相联系在一起，这儿才是真正的社会，这儿到处都是我只有在大学才拥有的那种纯真友情。
在不丹遇到的外国人也让我愉悦不已。 我从来没有遇到过这么多爱冒险的灵魂，他们离开舒适的环境，打破自己的常规生活，来到这个遥远的地方。 我交了很多外国朋友，一个加拿大的离异的护士，在她的女儿成年之后便开始到处行走，去有需要的地方做志愿者 。 一对和护士差不多大的来自美国中西部的夫妻，他们并肩走在廷布街头的背影真动人。 我觉得那些找不到生活目标的人，迷失了自己的人，应该到外面去见见那些和自己不一样的人，打开自己，把外面的世界迎接进来，这样做的时候，或许那些让你纠结不已的心结就自动解开了。
我这个很普通的美国女人，在不丹却成了少数派。 虽然这有时候让人很不舒服，但我还是挺享受这种感觉的。 受过好一点教育的不丹人知道美国，也有很少的人对美国了解得更多一些，知道大概的方位，知道美国是他们很多人出去读书的地方。大多数人不知道美国在哪儿，只知道我看起来不一样，不是不丹人。 在不丹让我能以一个全新的角度看美国，有点类似于凝视着大峡谷那种广阔的自然奇观的感觉。 美国也许非常强大，是你的生活中心，但是所有人的心中，世界远不止一种生活方式。
对不丹的喜爱，就像爱情一样，感觉非常复杂。 这种喜爱不像你喜欢法国，或者喜欢夏威夷，或者每个假期去参观的国家公园，或者到全国棒球协会和盟国棒球协会的体育馆抑或美国汽车比赛协会的赛车场观看比赛。 在不丹不像度假那样，只去最经典的旅游景点，不丹也不是那种让人舒服的地方或者拜金奢侈之地。 它有许许多多的缺点，充满了矛盾。 不丹从来不在外面夸耀自己作为旅游地的优点，比如终年灿烂的阳光，比如善于运用当地丰富的物产烹调美食的大厨（如果你非常喜欢吃鸡油菌或嫩蕨叶，应该夏天来不丹，遍地都是）。 不丹非常简单和淳朴，仿佛20世纪之初的美国农村。 行进在一眼望不到头的土地上，远处的群山和树木郁郁葱葱，恍若仙境，真的是来到了传说中的香格里拉。 但是这个地方也很贫穷，未开化，人们的生活方式让你惊诧。 而正是这些忽明忽暗、混沌朦胧及这中间包含的无限神秘，成就了不丹的万千魅力。
1914年4月，当月的《国家地理》杂志充斥着现代化新发明的广告，这预示着一个更为便利、快速和融合的时代的到来：摩托车和轮胎，环绕世界的游轮旅游，新奇的便民工具，比如真空吸尘器、电冰箱和罐头浓汤。 但是在88页上，刊登了一篇配图散文，这也是这期最重要的一篇文章，它翻开了不丹历史上非常奇妙的一页。 这篇文章为它的33万读者首次介绍了这个只有少数几个人踏足的国家，也是只有少数人知道的国家。
这?文章的标题极大地唤起人内心美好的感觉：《云中城堡》，作者是一个名叫约翰?克劳德?怀特的英国军官，印度王国的二等勋爵士，他一开始被派往锡金督政，并于1903年参加了英国侵略西藏的战争，这场战争最后以失败告终，历史书上称这次战争为“杨哈斯本远征”。 就是在这次战争中，怀特认识了尤金?旺楚克，他在不丹多年内战后统一了不丹。 旺楚克认识到要确保自己的国家在强大的邻居面前能够保持自己的独立，就要与印度来的英国代表建立良好的关系，事实证明这是一种非常有效的方法。 自从尤金?旺楚克1907年登基以来，怀特一直是他的座上贵客。
在这篇文章里，怀特详细记载了自己带着一群“苦力、大象、骡子、矮马、驴子、牦牛和公牛”，他游遍了整片印度不屑于要的“丛林密布和热病猖獗”的地区，一块印度认为“没有任何探险价值的区域”。 但是怀特在这里却收获了很多有价值的东西，并记录了下来。 带着一套需要用三头骡子背的4米多高3米多宽的相机，他拍下了很多照片，照片上留下了原始的高山景观，还有国王和不丹居民的影像。 很多照片上都有些斑点，这是这场持续数月的旅行留下的岁月痕迹。
而如今，没有人会再把富兰克林山脉和喜马拉雅山弄混了。 埃尔帕索市崎岖不平的岩石景观和不丹郁郁葱葱的群山已经没有任何相似之处——除了它们都有一个强大的邻居之外。 横穿埃尔帕索市的山脉呈灰褐色，褶皱不平，很难看到积雪。 山脉占地并不大——大约只有37公里长，最高峰超过2400米。 而白雪皑皑的喜马拉雅山最高峰则高于8800米，横跨6个国家，绵延2400多公里。 更不要说喜马拉雅山对人类的贡献，它是世界三大水源的发源地，哺育了大约?亿人口。
根据怀特的描述绘出的建筑草图和不丹的实物简直一模一样，而且这也是这种建筑第一次落实到纸面上，不丹人是没有蓝图这个概念的。 直到今日，不丹的工匠都是依靠记忆来修建房屋。 另外，还有一个不同之处就是埃尔帕索的建筑使用了钉子。 那个时代的不丹没有什么五金?具，不丹人利用石头来固定屋顶，用沉重的门闩来关闭房门。 当然，传统的不丹建筑也不可能有玻璃窗。
重建的德克萨斯采矿和冶金学院于1917年落成，是当时美国最为奇特的建筑，总共招收了60个学生。 在过去一个世纪里，学校的名字变迁了两次，规模也在飞速扩张，除了一小段时间之外，它的风貌却越来越像不丹。 在60年代末，有一栋与周围建筑风格完全不同的现代建筑拔地而起，一位当地人士写信给媒体表达了自己的反对意见。 到了1971年，作为对批评声音的回应，还有为了让建筑风格更为协调，这座建筑被“不丹化”了。 从?以后，大学管理委员会再也没有允许其他类型的建筑出现。
这所学校就是德克萨斯大学埃尔帕索校区的前身，大学占地约148万平方米，校园各处分散着90栋不丹风格的建筑物，不过还是有些细微的差异。 可容纳1600辆车的停车场和入口处的保安室都是不丹式的橘红色斜屋顶建筑式样，甚至自动取款机的亭子都是不丹式的。 这不经意间透出一点讽刺，因为不丹只有廖廖数台取款机，大多数人还不会用。 同样具有讽刺意味的是大学旁边耸立着豪华的希尔顿花园酒店。
这个现代化的不丹?时地还能透露出极为纯正的不丹味道。 校图书馆大厅里的咖啡吧后摆放着从不丹进口的20英尺高的佛龛和3.6米长，4.9米宽的宗教画轴唐卡，在那儿默默地欢迎着你的到来；学校百年纪念堂后飘扬的经幡；纪念堂前侧竖立着的类似于不丹转经轮的瓮状物。 但是就在街对面，大学之外的地方，郊区式样的商场建筑终于让人感受到了美国风格。
最重要的是，如果你在大学附近问人们为什么德克萨斯大学埃尔帕索校区看起来会是这个样子，他们会奇怪地盯着你，仿佛你问了一个非常白痴的问题。 人们所知道的是大学本来就是这个样子。 而有?人则知道大学与不丹之间的联系，但是大多数人都不知道不丹在哪儿，还有这个他们从来都没听过的亚洲小国会对学校的建筑产生如此大的影响的原因是什么。
在信的最后，王后希望将来有机会与学校合作，同时也询问可不可以招收一名留学生。 ?校同意了，于是吉格梅?道济，同学们称其为吉米，成为了不丹送往美国的第一个留学生。 他毕业于1978年，获得了工程学学位。
沃克先生还向曾经去过不丹的为数不多的西方人求证。 波特?托德1949年曾经到过不丹，他也是第一个前往不丹的美国人，和不丹的王后是牛津大学的同学，他向沃克先生确认说不丹的城堡和埃尔帕索校区的建筑“几乎一模一样”。 1959年，记者戴斯蒙德?多伊格是第一个被允许到不丹采访的新闻记者。 他告诉沃克先生他还以为收到的照片是廷布街头的最新建筑，“当我得知这是美国大学里的建筑时，我惊呆了。”
约翰?克劳德?怀特逝世于1918年，就在埃尔帕索第一栋不丹式样的建筑落成的第二年，他永远不可能知道自己的照片和文字所带来的影响。 凯瑟琳?沃瑞尔也永远不会想到，虽然她从没有去过不丹，但她却将喜马拉雅山麓的不丹搬到了德克萨斯的一角。 正因为他们，正因为媒体的无形力量，不丹和埃尔帕索之间永久地联系在了一起。
现在这种联系更为紧密了。 在过去的二十年里，德克萨斯大学的校长——戴安娜?娜塔莉赛欧通过每年招收更多的不丹留学生，加强了与不丹王国的来往。 德克萨斯大学埃尔帕索校区开始利用其独特的风格作为自己的宣传策略，宣称自己是“边境外的不丹”。 而不丹自己的边境也被越来越多的人穿越，在这各种各样的仰慕者中，有一件事情是确定无疑的：每个来到这个国家的人都被它的魅力深深折服。
有一些人还在不丹的历史上扮演了重要角色。 威廉姆?麦基是一个基督教神父，他于20世纪60年代在不丹建立了第一所高中，而且，他一手促成了不丹和加拿大之间的友好往来以及交换学习。 再晚一点，不丹皇家家庭教师麦克?艾瑞斯，在第三任国王的请求下，编写了数本有关不丹历史的书籍。 奈瑞?拉斯特姆基是最先对不丹发表不同意见的人。 他是印度指派给锡金的顾问，他的著作一直被禁止在不丹境内发行，因为其中很直白地描写了不丹历史中黑暗的一面：第三任国王的情妇声称第四任国王是她与国王的私生子。 大家都公认这位神秘的女士是演员雪莉?迈克劳林（美国著名女演员，曾荣获第56届奥斯卡最佳女主角奖，第41届金球奖最佳女主角奖，主演过《母女情深》等电影。）。 作为当时代理首相的偶像，她在1968年曾受邀前往不丹，而且将自己的灵魂探索之旅写成了《高处不胜寒》一书——又一本禁止在不丹发行的书籍。
自从不丹开放以来，流传着各种各样友好往来的故事，既有国家层面的，更多是发生在个人层面的故事。 不丹人喜欢讲单身、野心勃勃的西方女人来到不丹度假和当地导游陷入爱河的故事，她们对温文尔雅的不丹人恋恋不舍，害怕回去后再也找不到这样的男人。 这种禁忌之爱是一个名叫杰米?齐帕的加拿大女人所著的书的原型，二十年前她来到东不丹支教，后来和她的学生坠入爱河，并育有一子。 在皇家高尔夫球场当了一段时间的高尔夫指导之后，瑞克?利普斯回到家乡建立了不丹青年高尔夫协会，每年会派遣两名高尔夫教练来教授不丹的儿童和成人打高尔夫。 最让人激动的是数字摄影家迈克尔?霍利拍摄的瑰丽景色，他出版了摄影集，也是世界上最大的摄影集，约1.5米长，2.1米宽，60公斤重，每本售价1万美元。
Crude translation in English
Bhutan's favorite, like love, like. My trip to Bhutan
Dawn is one the city's most beautiful and most pure moment. Open, natural, you can see the city's most authentic look. Before the start of the day rush of life, many city looks more like a Hollywood movie theme. Morning slow life is rare for Manhattan, bleary-eyed dog people, some still wearing pajamas, with a dog seems to be sleepwalking general.
Slow and steady advance of garbage trucks and buses sound of trumpets from time to time to break the silence of the morning. In Washington, even in the busiest time of the year, early in the morning is relatively relaxed. In the morning light, the spotless, solemn buildings do not have a magnificent taste, as if these buildings are ready to wait for someone else to worship. Los Angeles downtown, the six o'clock weekdays than weekends lively much traffic pouring into the parking lot, they are sent to the owner how high an international financial center or law firms. But by the weekend, the empty streets people feel like being ghost town. Los Angeles, 18 miles outside of Santa Monica (California southwestern coastal tourist city located in the west side of Los Angeles.) Desolate uninhabited beach, only to get up early and jogging tramp sleeping under a tree.
When the sun rises in Paris, smell fresh bread stick Piaoman streets, although at this time there are no shops open, allowing you to enjoy the delicious food. The Amsterdam canal at dawn quietly glowing waves, yacht rare idle down quietly moored at the pier. I once because of jet lag, in Amsterdam free to stroll the streets of Jordan district, a madman to catch up with me, and shouted to me in German, which I saw in that place the morning the only creatures. A trip to Greece to participate in a special anniversary party, mother and I traveled almost Athens, it is to eat breakfast meal, seagulls circling overhead, fishmongers taste our Xunde unbearable. Bangkok seems no rest, even though the four o'clock the airport, the business of massage parlors and nail salon in New York Saturday at noon as booming.
In such a distant and backward country, the capital Thimphu, the population growth over the past decade the city has quadrupled, in fact, do not have the basic elements of a city. Even if it is growing at an exponential rate, but in the first rays of morning sun, still looks like a narrow rural areas, but not as a being developed in the bustling metropolis.
It is half past six, the middle of winter, the weather is very cold, but not cold to the altitude should be cold to the level. Six scrawny stray dog on the street in droves sloshing, simply ignore the sparse road passing vehicles. A luxury sport utility vehicle rumbled open in the past, maybe is an important figure to the airport by car or office. In Bhutan, the government would have only a small number of private citizens can afford a good car payment to each minister to use.
A passing truck, about twenty Indians standing on a trailer, go to construction sites. Some Nepalese women use some short handle made of straw broom sweeping bend. Their eyes heavy, although only just got up, but it looks as if already working eight hours. A woman carrying a baby with a sling, baby do not know when the mother fell asleep while sweeping.
Sidewalk cracks and holes everywhere, there are many bright red Tanji, it is ubiquitous Sodom residue. Walking in Thimphu, was always careful foot of the road. But always look at the foot, but missed the Himalayan beautiful sky. Like wisps of cotton candy clouds, surrounded by mountains, the valley looks so reminding us of scenes in Wonderland.
Thimpu has no traffic lights. Tai Chi-like gestures that use old-fashioned police directing traffic not to work. But this time the traffic police do not need, you can safely walk in the middle of the road. The evening packed with anxious players snooker game room, not yet open for business. Draper, restaurants, beauty "salon" and the whole shoe store selling the same shoes are not yet open for business. And an hour later, walking through these streets will not only need to be patient, but also need high technology, as if playing a video game chase. At that time, the children and the dog will put sidewalks packed.Dirty uneven, weathered streets crowded with women sounded, stall selling red peppers and rice, people can not help but stay down to buy, this way, people Mojiancazhong on the road, the more crowded more.
This time the business has begun to find a shop need luck. And if there are shops open, then certainly in Thimphu only commercial street - Connaught new street. The middle of the block on the lower places, Zlin Dzongkha road, I finally saw signs of life, there is a shop opened! I put my head into the stretch.
"Can I come in?"
My staff are generally very polite, especially to Bhutan.
Pema shopkeeper smiled shyly welcomed me: "Yes, madam." Now I know Ms. Bhutanese people call me not because of my age, but rather a way of showing respect. Inexperienced people will use English timidly call me "Sir," they told me this is a title, not specific to gender.
"I want to buy some biscuits to go to the library Zuo radio, give 'early bird' program group of people to eat." I am somewhat apologetically explained, I'm sorry to bother her so early. In fact, for sellers, you come to me enough to buy things, as to why buy simply not important. But I want to pass this sentence to show him that I'm not the kind of tourists strolling in the streets of Thimphu, if you seem like a stranger, and soon the price up.
After a few weeks I have almost every day to buy things.
This store is not fresh baked goods, and I usually buy a bag of peanut butter imports from India biscuits. "Early bird" host love to eat this biscuit. I also need a little something to fill his stomach, so I took some light digestive biscuits. Sometimes buy a pack of tea, tea leaves to prevent the studio has been locked get it out. I strive to give the owner a 100 bill, according to the current exchange rate, probably a little more than two dollars, and he gave me 40 efforts.
As the sun rose higher and higher, the streets full of life slowly up. Some pedestrians shy and friendly response to my smile.There are some - very few - if not happy on my arrival, some angrily staring at me. Many children put me as a practice English object, when I told them warm "hello" to respond when they ran away laughing Kaka Lo. Before I get into Dating Bu week later, whenever I come to this street, this shop near children will follow behind me, walked shouted "library Zuo FM, Junior Library FM."
Then I will turn to a Dutch-run milk station, milk station Bhutan this unique place where you can buy fresh milk, but you have to bring their own containers, such as Coca-Cola bottle. Inside this alley stray dogs in droves, as if the animal shelter door not closed securely (soon I know there is no animal shelter in Bhutan, Thimphu, this is a serious problem, often someone will be dog bite or dog chase).
After buying the milk after I returned to the mountain road, Bhutan's high altitude and steep slopes make me somewhat breathless. In this street, not far from Bhutan, commercial and industrial buildings opposite side of the Danish Embassy, the Embassy of Bangladesh in front, that is where I want to spend the day.
When I finally reached the building, on a narrow staircase leading to the studio, I feel like just finish a marathon back, although I have only less than two kilometers away. I'm left holding biscuits, right hand raised with milk and suddenly realized are experiencing moved, I fell in love Bhutan it.
Buddhism says everything you need in your heart, MO outsiders. Nothing - no person, no place - can make you live a successful or make you happy. With age, going through more and more, I am more able to ponder this sentence. Of course, sometimes, change of place and people around them will be at the right time, with the proper way touches your soul, let your deepest feelings somehow revived.
And it is the right time and the right place awakened love in my heart. A large part of my life there are dramatic changes in place to spend, but I really enjoy this kind of environment. In college, I just start where the school years. I am most happy work experience in a company just in its infancy, and it grow together. In a way, Bhutan is a rising place - an old, once isolated country is now fast forward, the new king, the fledgling democracy, a new constitution. Technology and media culture is based on Bhutan tremendous impact and threats. Bhutan needs to bring its impact on the outside world to make appropriate adjustments, after all, it is cut off from the outside world for too long.
Came to Bhutan, as if sitting in a time machine back a hundred years ago, back in most developing countries have experienced the reform era, returned to the trains, cars and electronic communications technologies have not affected the pace of life and interpersonal communication era . However, Bhutan has a completely different characteristics: this never became a colony in the country completely enclosed in the inland.
I was so enamored of Bhutan there is a reason, and residents here about: They speak rhythm, they kind of ironic sense of humor, their pure and innocent, they were affected by the neighboring new habits, they are on their own culture and pride of kings, their pace of life, as well as their various superstitions and Buddhist behavior. We all know each other, or at least know how to find you are looking for. Everyone has their own unique charm. Karma is an artist, Jinli very talented reporters, Pema was a born leader. Between people here make you feel linked to each other, here is the real society, everywhere I am here only in the university only has the kind of pure friendship.
In Bhutan, foreigners also let me encounter endless pleasure. I have never met so many adventurous souls, they leave the comfort of the environment, to break their routine life, came to this distant place. I pay a lot of foreign friends, a Canadian nurse divorced in her adult daughter after they began walking around, going where it is needed to do volunteer . One pair and nurses almost as large as the couple from the U.S. Midwest, they walk side by side in the back streets of Thimphu really moving. I think those who find life goals, lost his man, should go outside and they do not meet those same people to open themselves to the outside world to meet in, do so, and perhaps that will make you endless tangled knot is automatically solved.
I have this very ordinary American woman, has become a minority in Bhutan. While this sometimes make people uncomfortable, but I'm enjoying this feeling. Bhutan received a little better educated people know that the United States, there are very few people in learning more about the United States, know about the position, many of them know that the U.S. is out of place to study. Most people do not know where the United States, just know I do not look the same, are not Bhutanese. In Bhutan, so that I can order a whole new perspective the U.S., somewhat similar to the kind of staring at the Grand Canyon's natural wonders broad sense. U.S. may be very powerful, is the center of your life, but the hearts of all, the world is much more than a way of life.
Bhutan's favorite, like love, like, I feel very complicated. This love is not like you like the French, or the like Hawaii, or each holiday to visit national parks, or to the National Baseball Association and the allies or the American Major League Baseball stadium NASCAR racing games to watch the game. Unlike holiday in Bhutan, as only go to the most classic tourist attractions, Bhutan is not the kind of comforting place or worships money and luxury land. It has many shortcomings, full of contradictions. Bhutan was never proud of yourself as a tourist place outside the advantages, such as year-round sunshine, such as good use of local rich natural cooking gourmet chef (if you really like bacteria or tender chicken fern leaf oil, should summer Bhutan are everywhere). Bhutan is very simple and honest, as if the beginning of the 20th century rural America.Marched in the end in sight of land, distant mountains and lush trees, reminding us of scenes in Wonderland, really came to the legendary Shangri-La. But this place is also very poor, uncivilized, people's lifestyles make you surprised. And it is these flickering, dim, and the middle of chaos contains infinite mystery, the achievements of thousands of Bhutanese charm.
April 1914, the month of the "National Geographic" magazine filled with new inventions of modern advertising, which indicates a more convenient, fast and fusion era: Motorcycle and tires, around the world cruises and novelty of convenience tools, such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, and canned soups. But in the 88, and published an essay with pictures, which is the most important one of this article, it opened a Bhutanese history of a very wonderful. This article is the first of its 330,000 readers introduced only a few people set foot in this country, is only a few people know the country.
This? Article's title greatly arouse one's heart good feeling: "Cloud Castle" and the author is a man named John? Claude? White British officer, second-class Hindu kingdom Lord disabilities, he began to be sent Governor of Sikkim government, and in 1903 took part in the British invasion of Tibet war, the war finally ended in failure, history books, said the war is "Younghusband expedition." That in this war, Wright met Eugene? Wangchuck, who unified Bhutan Bhutan after years of civil war. Recognizing Wangchuck to ensure their own country in front of the powerful neighbor to maintain their independence, it will come with India's British representative to establish a good relationship, it proved to be a very effective method. Since Eugene? Wangchuck ascended the throne since 1907, Wright has been the seat of his guests.
In this article, White documented his own with a group of "coolies, elephants, mules, ponies, donkeys, yaks and bulls," he traveled the whole piece Indian disdain to be of the "jungle fever rampant and "an area, an India that" the value of the area without any adventure. " But Wright here but gain a lot of valuable stuff and recorded. With a need to use three mules back more than four meters tall three meters wide of the camera, he photographed a lot of photos, pictures, leaving the original Alpine landscape, as well as residents of the king and Bhutan images. Many photos have some spots, it is this last several months of travel left signs of aging.
His description of this piece of pure land, people feel like Bhutan? On Earth, while his eyes Bhutanese people, but also seems to be a new species. "Bhutanese people healthy, tall, well-developed, open and honest, women are very nice, clean, dressed very correct, is an excellent housewife." He wrote, "my language enough to describe me see absolutely beautiful scenery, magnificent mountains, fascinating cases as a movie-like landscapes and castles, as well as other buildings, but I hope my photos can record it all ...... "
No doubt, he photographed those memorable photos: frozen waterfalls, water-driven wheel vow wearing "wrapped" barefoot smiling king, weird looks like both rare antelope goat butter twist angle antelope, all this has greatly inspired the people? imagination. "National Geographic" magazine readers, TX El Paso City, Kathleen? Vorrel captivated by this article.
Vorrel find photographs landscapes and scenic city of El Paso is very similar. So she resides Texas Mining and Metallurgy College was destroyed in a fire after his wife as president, she persuaded her husband to be rebuilt with a unique architectural style similar to the kingdom building.
Today, no one would then confused Franklin Mountains and the Himalayas. El Paso City rugged rocky landscape and lush mountains of Bhutan has no resemblance - except that they have a powerful neighbor outside. Mountains across the El Paso City grayish-brown, wrinkled uneven, difficult to see snow. Mountains area is not large - only about 37 km long, the highest peak over 2400 meters. The snow-capped Himalayas, the highest peak is higher than 8800 m, across six countries, stretching over 2400 km. Not to mention the Himalayas contribution to mankind, it is the birthplace of the world's three water sources, feeding about? Billion people.
However, in 1914, long-distance air travel out of reach, it is impossible to use the notebook computer networking View satellite photos, it is recognized that the only window to the world is only black and white photos, you can understand why Vorrel wife will think these two places very similar. As Vorrel lady in history is not known, and there are no descendants know the story, so she Bhutan in El Paso reconstruction she had never been to this place because, forever lost in the dust of the years the.
The only clue architects can learn, can only be captured Mr. White's photos and his "cloud castle" in the text. "From this point of view, you can quite clearly see this slant construction of the wall? Well as prominent split pine-clad roof." He wrote, had no idea that one day these descriptions will be copies blueprint, "Every wall is slightly curved ...... very chic design windows, each window is to embed the outset. Each story house is two-storey building painted light gray ...... Here, above the brush the wide circle magenta. "
According to Wright's architectural sketches and descriptions drawn almost exactly the same kind of Bhutan, and this is the first implementation of this architecture to paper, there is no blueprint for Bhutanese people of this concept. Until today, Bhutan craftsmen rely on memory to build houses. In addition, there is a difference is the El Paso building using nails.Nothing of that era Bhutan hardware? With Bhutan people use stones to fix the roof, with a heavy latch to close the door.Of course, the traditional Bhutanese architecture can not have windows.
Reconstruction Texas Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, completed in 1917, was America's most unusual buildings, a total enrollment of 60 students. In the past century, the school's name change twice, also the rapid expansion of the scale, except for a short time, except that it was more like the style of Bhutan. In the late 1960s, there is a completely different architectural style with the surrounding modern buildings erected, a local media who wrote to express their objections. To 1971, as a response to critics, as well as to make a more coordinated architectural style, the building was "Bhutan" of the.From? Later, the University Management Board no longer allow other types of construction appears.
This school is the University of Texas El Paso campus predecessor, the university area of about 1,480,000 square meters, with 90 campuses scattered throughout Bhutan-style buildings, but there are some subtle differences. Can accommodate 1600 cars parking and entrance security room are Bhutanese style orange pitched roof architectural style, and even ATMs are Bhutanese style pavilion. This inadvertently revealed a bit ironic, because only a very few number of units Bhutan teller machines, most people will not use. Ironically, the same university stands beside the luxurious Hilton Garden Inn.
This modern Bhutan? While also revealing to Bhutan extremely pure taste. School library in the hall after the coffee bar stocked with imports from Bhutan, 20-foot-tall shrines and 3.6 m long, 4.9 m wide religious scrolls Thangka, where quietly welcome your arrival; school Centennial Memorial After fluttering prayer flags; Memorial erected in front of the prayer wheel is similar to Bhutan urn substance. But just across the street, a place outside the university, suburban style shopping malls Architectural style finally the American people feel.
The most important thing is, if you're asking why people near the University of the University of Texas El Paso campus will look like this, they will stare at you strangely, as if you asked a very stupid question. People do know is that the University has always been like this. And there? Others know the link between universities and Bhutan, but most people do not know where Bhutan, as well as they've never heard of this small Asian Congress of school buildings have such a big impact What is the reason.
Vorrel wife died a few years later, the University Management Committee a considerable curiosity staff delve into the university building's aesthetic roots. This time is the 1960s, Bhutan is still closed-door policy which, at that time there is no network can use the quick search tool.
The staff - Dell? Walker, deep into every corner of the school, to all of the buildings are photographed and then sent these photos from around the world may have seen this building hands. Mr. Walker sent a letter in the year after, he received the King of Bhutan III queen's letter, letters written on the letterhead as soft as tissue paper, writing time is December 4, 1967.
"Dear Mr. Walker, seen in the distant United States, actually have a university-style building constructed in accordance with Bhutan, I'm excited. Simply building does not look like the top of the window, because in Bhutan, all the windows lacquered wood with carved done. Your school is very beautiful, modern buildings and ancient architecture Bhutan organically combine together and I hope that the future construction of Bhutan can build it so beautiful. "
In the last letter, the queen hopes to have the opportunity to cooperate with the school, but also to recruit a student asks Can. ? School agreed, Jigme? Daoji, the students called Jimmy, Bhutan to the United States became the first student. He graduated in 1978, received a degree in engineering.
Mr. Walker had been to Bhutan to the few Westerners confirmation. Potter? Todd visited Bhutan in 1949, he was also the first American to Bhutan, and Bhutan queen students at Oxford University, he confirmed that Mr. Xiang Woke Bhutan castles and El Pardo Cable campus building "almost exactly the same." In 1959, reporters Desmond? Doig is the first to be allowed to interview Bhutan news reporters. He told Mr. Walker that he thought the photo was received from the streets of Thimphu's latest architecture, "When I learned that it was the U.S. university buildings, I was shocked."
John? Claude? Wright died in 1918, the first building in El Paso Bhutanese style architecture built in the second year, he never knew his own photos and text impact. Catherine? Vorrel would never think of, though she had never been to Bhutan, but she puts the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan moved to Texas iceberg. Because of them, because of the media invisible forces, between Bhutan and El Paso permanently linked together.
Now this more closely it. In the past two decades, the University of Texas principals - Diana? 娜塔莉赛欧 Bhutan through more students enroll each year to strengthen dealings with the Kingdom of Bhutan. University of Texas at El Paso campus began to use its unique style as their promotional strategies, claiming they are "outside the border of Bhutan." Dan himself without borders has also been an increasing number of people crossing, in which a variety of admirers, there is one thing is certain: Each came to this country people have been deeply its charm impressed.
Some people are still in Bhutan's history plays an important role. William? Mackey is a Christian priest, who in the 1960s established the first in Bhutan high school, and he single-handedly contributed to Bhutan and friendly exchanges between Canada and the exchange of learning. And then later, the Royal Bhutan tutor Mike? Ayres, the third king's request, wrote several books about Bhutan's history books. Nairui? Rust Premji is the first to express different opinions on the Bhutanese people. He was assigned to Sikkim, India consultant, his book has been banned in Bhutan issue, because it is very straightforward to describe the dark side of the history of Bhutan: The third king of the king's mistress claims she and fourth King's illegitimate son. Everyone recognized the mysterious lady is actress Shirley? McLaughlin (the famous American actress, has won the 56th Academy Award for Best Actress, 41th Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, starred in "mother Female Wife "and other movies.). As was the Acting Prime Minister of the idol, in 1968 she was invited to Bhutan, but also his soul adventure written in the "mad" a book - another issue of the books banned in Bhutan.
Since the opening of Bhutan, the spread of friendly exchanges between the various stories, both at the national level, more is happening at the individual level of the story. Bhutanese people like to talk about single, ambitious Western woman came to Bhutan vacations and local guides fall in love stories they told gentle Bhutanese reluctantly, afraid to go back and then could not find such a man. The forbidden love is a man named Jamie? Qi Pa book written by a Canadian woman prototype, twenty years ago, she came to East Bhutan to support education, and later fell in love with her students, and has one son.When at the Royal Golf Course golf instruction for some time after, Rick? Phillips returned home to set up Bhutan Youth Golf Association, will send two annual golf instructor to teach children and adults Bhutan golfing. The most exciting is a digital photographer Michael? Hawley shot magnificent scenery, he published a photo book, but also the world's largest photographic collection, about 1.5 meters long, 2.1 meters wide and 60 kilograms weight at $ 1 million.
Every exchanges, every friendship, and every movement is gradually melting the old Bhutan, the new, not the same as Bhutan has grown. Each one favorite people in Bhutan - no matter how much love is pure - are slowly changing in Bhutan.