The past 5 months have been busy for me. I have not really had a lot of time to write about Tibet on this site, Land of Snows or post any information on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree travel forum. As usual, I traveled quite a lot across the Tibetan Plateau this past summer. I spent a few weeks in the Kham region, specifically in Nangchen county and Chamdo county. I also spent a considerable amount of time traveling across the northern Tibetan Plateau in the Amdo regions. Earlier in the year, I spent over 6 weeks traveling through the Himalaya's in southern Tibet and Nepal. The past 2 months, I have been in North America. My son, Norbu, was born a year ago with some medical concerns that needed to be addressed. Fortunately, he is going to be okay and we plan on returning to the Tibetan Plateau in about a month.
In August of this year, I sold my portion of the travel agency that I help start about 4 years ago. It was a difficult decision to make, but one I do not regret making. It was an excellent experience and I was able to create jobs for Tibetan people that didn't exist before. I knew a lot of about Tibet travel before I started the company and know even more now. It's possible that I may start another travel agency in the future, but for now I am quite content with my life the way it is. I have always enjoyed doing community development and aid projects in Tibet and I plan to do more of that over the next 12 to 18 months.
My apologies to those who have sent me emails the past few months and didn't receive a response from me. I usually try and write responses to the people who write me concerning travel to Tibet, but the past several months I have not had time to reply to people. This winter I should have more time to post new articles on this site as well as give advice on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree travel forum. If you have any questions about Tibet, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.