Come Away With Me to To The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Ooops A Daisy…

When I created the draft for this post I accidentally published it. Thanks for all the likes I got for this post already but I wonder if anyone really had a look and simply was too polite to mention my mistake or if people just like posts and don’t read.

gif credit: True and the Rainbow via Giphy

That’s awkward…

It would explain to me though why some people can get through a ton of posts from other bloggers each day while I only ever manage a couple. How do you go about reading blogs? Can you read lots of per day?

I try to read and comment but now that I work again that is more difficult. So, I only read a couple which is sad because I would love to give all my blogging friends my full attention. It’s just too much. Sorry, for that.

But now, let’s come away to Bhutan 🙂 the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

1. Introduction to Bhutan

I’ve heard of Bhutan but didn’t really know where it is situated nor how it looks like. Yes, I knew it’s in South Asia but that’s about it. But hey, is this an inspiring country!

First of all, you have to pay 250$ per day to stay there. No, it’s not just a fee. You get a hotel and tour guide for it AND you support the Bhutanese education system. Which is free for everybody. How cool is that? The only foreigeners who do not have to pay that fee are from India, Bangladesh and the Maledives, however, don’t ask me why.

They have a dragon on their flag 🙂 and I love dragons!!!!!

flag of Bhutan
Image by jorono from Pixabay

I assume it is because they call their country “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. That one on the flag, that is Druk the Thunder Dragon 🙂

They seem to be a little obsessed with fortresses. Apparently there are many ancient ones and their language is called “The Language of the Fortress”. Barby from “Geography Now” said, that going to Bhutan is a little like entering a time warp because so many old buildings and much of Bhutan’s traditions are preserved incredibly well.

It’s a mountain country at the South slope of the Himalayas. If you know me for a while, you are aware of how much I love the sea. But recently I feel a huge pull to the mountains and hills. Maybe its because I get old and where I come from is rather hilly.

And last but not least it’s a really green country: If you cut down a tree you need to plant a new one, their main export is electricity from hydropower and plastic bags are forbidden. Maybe we should move there… 😉

And there is more but I let people explain that who know more about Bhutan than I gathered from watching their videos.

Sorry, for the adverts in the videos. However, this is how creators get their income and they deserve to be paid for their work. Please, if you like what they do, follow and like. Thanks. 🙂

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That is so fascinating!

2 An Artist of Bhutan

Usually, I like to introduce you to a female artist from the country “Come Away With Me” visits. However, Pema Tshering is exceptional and needs mentioning.

Pema was born with Cerebral Palsy but managed to make a living as an artist: He carves and paints with his feet. Please have a look here:

video credit: Bhutan Times via YouTube


3. Climate Crisis in Bhutan

Now it is not often that I can introduce you to a country that takes the climate crisis seriously. Yes, many say they do, but if you take a close look at their actions, it tells a different story. It’s also not often that I can show you a happy video in this section.

Bhutan, however, is different. It’s not only carbon neutral. It’s carbon negative! And their Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay introduced Bhutan to the TED audience in a wonderfully entertaining way:

video credit: TED via YouTube

I wish all countries would not only talk their talk but also walk their walk…

4. Food of Bhutan

The videos in the introduction said it already: The Bhutanese like it hot. Chilli hot 🙂 but the video I chose is actually from the States. Enjoy 😉 anyway.

video credit: Fung Bros. via YouTube

The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world would love it there. Me not so much… 😦

5. Young Poets of Bhutan

Ah, today I can share a little gem with you. Usually, I share one preferably female poet. However, in my research I stumbled over a video about a poetry competition by the Bhutanese College of Natural Resources with some wonderful young poets. Please, have a look here:

video credit: Sunil Sapkota via YouTube

Thanks to the CNR Media club for sharing these wonderful words with us!

6. Mental Health in Bhutan

I was very interested how a country that counts it’s happiness indicator higher than their GDP deals with mental health. Well, it looks like the changes that are happening since the 2000s are having a bad impact on the mental health of the people of Bhutan. I only found a short video but you can figure a couple of things from it.

video credit: NBCCInternational via YouTube

7. Some musicians of Bhutan

Let’s not forget the music. Her we go…

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And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2021 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, April 19th, 2021

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture to Guam a country I just have heard about but that’s it. Please find musicians from Guam on GuamPedia.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first year? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
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  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2021 post” I write.
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