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To Tibet on the Train
Al Camino Rides Again

The Route

Because geography isn't taught the way it used to be back when most of the map was pink and we delighted in seeing naked tribal women threshing their harvests, I thought it might be an idea to introduce you to where exactly life has taken me acrosss the face of our distressed little planet.

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, or was until the Chinese communists stormed into town in 1950 and annexed the country. It is now part of China, capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

At 3,500 metres (11,500 feet in real geographical money) above sea level, it's one of the highest cities in the world. Because it's so high a lot of tourists arriving in the city get altitude sickness which consists of vomiting, dizziness, headache and dehydration - par for the course for most of your weekends!

Of course, Lhasa's Potala Palace was formerly the home of the Dalai Lama, before he fled to the contemporary comforts of New York - sorry, to escape murder at the hands of the Chinese. Lhasa had been a beacon for Buddhism throughout Asia and there are many temples and monasteries... so many bloody temples and monasteries!

That's enough of the Wikipedia stuff. Now, click the map below to see things in proper detail.

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