I'm back in Lhasa!
We just arrived today. For a long time it looked for a long time as if we would not be able to go at all.So it feels good to be here.
But let me start from the beginning:
This year we have planned another field season within the Tibet Project at the University. Preparation to get a permit for Tibet started in November and in March we started to prepare our instruments and applied for a China Visa.
Things seemed to go smooth and we thought we know how things work, just from the experience of the last 3 years. Well, I guess we were wrong. Although we sent all our devices to China in May, the whole load is still stuck in customs.
After some new that Tibet would be closed to all foreigners, we got afraid that we would not get Permits this year. But after the first groups could easily travel to Lhasa, we grew confident that it will work out. Guess what: our group got stuck in Beijing due to trouble with our Permit. Eventually our Chinese Partners manged to get the Permit, but we had no flight that day. Thats how we finally ended up flying first class!
The time in Beijing was quite nice., but I have to admit that i still don't like City that huge. (especially if it is hot!)
But we spend a real cool evenings with some of the Students from our Partner Institute.
And yesterday we ended up to have a barbecue in one of the old parts of Beijing, with Olga another scientist from our Project who got stuck in Beijing.
Lets see how this trip continues...
P.S: I will put some more Picture in the Photo section.