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Thimphu, Bhutan

Well, on Sunday June 28th, I flew into Paro International Airport on DrukAir. The flight was very smooth. I was able to get a left window seat and a good view of some of the world's highest mountain peaks. Awesome. The landing and final approach weaved through and around two large mountains.

The first thing you notice when you step off the plane at Paro International Airport is the quiet and the wild river that parallels the airport and runway. Also greeting arriving visitors is a picture of the five hereditary kings of Bhutan and exquisite Bhutanese architecture. The buildings are constructed of fine wood, several colors, varying outside designs, and the inside rooms are airy with high ceilings.

My hosts from the Royal Institute of Management greeted me at the airport and we then drove the two lane highway headed to Thimphu. The road was continually winding around mountain switchbacks. I arrived at the Royal Institute of Management about an hour later. Like the international airport, the campus buildings are constructed of fine wood, several colors, varying outside designs, and the inside rooms are airy with high ceilings. Next to my guest quarters is a fast running river.

The next day the Royal Institute of Management welcomed seven Japanese volunteers and myself in a special ceremony. The ceremony in the university's Buddhist sanctuary was complete with chimes, chants, incense, fruit offerings, rice tea, and the lighting of numerous butter lamps. Quite a warm welcome.

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Delhi Is Sizzling

sunny 106 °F

I landed at Indira Ghandi International Airport in India's capitol--New Delhi two nights ago on June 24, 2009. The temperature at about 9:00 PM was quite hot at 105 F. The seasonal monsoons have not arrived yet and the Times of India reports that New Delhi has had several drought related water shortages and rolling black outs due to high electricity demand. I am staying indoors in the afternoon. Better to venture out in the morning.

The capitol is quite interesting and one can quickly see a merger of Indian and British colonial influences in the architecture and city planning. I was able to view India's parliament, other quite august government buildings, and embassy row.

I have finished my arrangements here including a recent visit to the Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi. The architecture and design of the Bhutanese Embassy is quite striking and colorful. On the grounds of the embassy is an informational sign about a local water environmental conservation project! The inside of the Embassy is quite nice with wooden floors and paneling.

On Sunday, June 28, 2009, I fly on to Paro, Bhutan on Bhutan's Druk Air. I am told to try to arrange a left hand window seat as there will be a spectacular view as we will be flying past six of the highest mountain peaks in the world. That I will definitely try to do.

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Some Media Coverage and Leaving for Bhutan

There has been some recent media coverage of our trip to Bhutan by Oklahoma media outlets.

One really good story appeared in the University of Oklahoma student paper on June 15, 2009--the Oklahoma Daily: http://oudaily.com/news/2009/jun/15/fulbright-scholar-givel-heads-adventure-kingdom-bh/

Another article in the statewide paper the Daily Oklahoman examining my trip from the point of view of my research on Bhutan's tobacco policy appeared one day before my trip/adventure is about to begin: http://newsok.com/norman-scholar-focuses-on-tobacco-law/article/3379643

What a nice send off, I must say.

On June 23, 2009, I will be flying to Chicago and then to New Delhi, India. I will be in New Delhi for a few days taking in the sights in the center of the city, among other things. After words on June 28, 2009 I will fly into Paro International Airport in Bhutan, see: http://www.azworldairports.com/airports/a1175pbh.cfm and http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/112586.html and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paro_Airport.jpg

There I will meet my new colleagues from the Royal Institute of Management. On Monday, I will start my intensive workshop in Bhutanese culture, cuisine, and government as well as learning some conversational Dzongkha. On July 3, 2009, Becky and Noah will be flying into Paro International and I will meet them when they arrive.

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