One of the best things about long term family travel is the people you meet, because they tell you a lot about the country and also about how much we have in common, no matter how different our lives are.
We came upon these Bhutanese nomad women, totally alone, in the middle of no where, living at a very high altitude on what looked like the edge of a very undisturbed world, during our Bhutan vacation. They were herding a large group of yaks and seemed as surpised to see us as we were to see them.
"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe" Anatole France
These Tibetan -Mongolian heritage, Himalayan nomads seem very happy, despite living in a very inhospitable mountain landscape with little or no money. Is this their GNH policy or just their nature? We found a real purity in Bhutan and know the Buddhism is part of what shapes this beautiful country.
Maybe it is because we travel as a digital nomadic family, but I think it is deeper, as they teach us all about our selves and a simpler time of being self reliant and one with nature. Kindness seems more important than competition, relationships more important than money, harmony more important than willfulness , love more important than things and cherishing the TIME to appreciate the abundance all around us.
"I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes equal distance into the world within." Lillian Smith
"Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that is familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it." Pavese
How about you? Have you met nomadic people when traveling? Do they touch your heart?