We arrived at Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro around 5:30pm after a four hour drive from Punakha. The past few days have been absolutely incredible but they have also been intensely nonstop.
If you can get there, that is.
Alluringly known as the land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan has been capturing the imagination of adventurous travellers since opening its gates to visitors in the '70s with the promise of Himalayan mountains blanketed in pristine forest.
Some of life's most profound changes start as existential crises. In 2013, my husband and I were having a whopper of one.
While I am certainly grateful for the things in my life (healthy children, a home, education) I actually feel a deep loss now that I am back from Bhutan and am more inclined to purge my life of things that are the source of negativity and burden.
In this place, alone with my daughter Rachel, with a few simple things, walking and walking, it seems complete enough. Even the drama of death and divorce seem distant, part of the endless cycle of life, not something to dwell in, to linger on, but to face, absorb and pass on.
So it's rare to get a look at the country off the beaten path, though a few foreign news sources have published stories about
It's likely that not many people had heard of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan before it made headlines last week by celebrating