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We drive to Tibet's second biggest city, which is really more of a town
6 Sept - drive Shigatse
On the road... Lunch was probably the worst we have had on the trip to BC, but hey, one ordinary meal out of all of them? We have done well.
Over lunch though, some "Yerchagunbu" salesmen came thru. This is a magic plant-animal thing that I first heard of many years ago in Dolpo, although they couldn't show me one. I am a skeptic by nature, but in the last five years or so it has become a really popular medicine. And it really is a mix between animal and plant, see below.
The salesman - Jamie
Yerchagunbu, the real deal - Jamie
It is a caterpillar that, perhaps unfortunately, rubs against mushrooms and
bizarrely the mushroom spores grows out of its head, really, truly.
Atmospheric, before we drove into the rain - Jamie
Buckwheat or "papa", which despite the name isn't the least bit related to wheat, but is made into flour later - Jamie
The red rock village, actually on the way to Shegar - Jamie
Eric and James passing time - Jamie