June 10th, 2011

Writer's Block: Globetrotting

If you were given the opportunity to spend two weeks in any country in the world free of charge, which country would you choose, and why?

I wish i could say Tibet; but Tibet has really become two places, The people live in Tibet, but the spirit of the country lives in India., so the Tibetam enclave in India might be my first choice, but that really isn't a country; so i think i would go to Bhutan.  it costs over $200 per day just to be there if you are a foreigner, never mind food, shelter, etc., so the "free" aspect would be appealing.  Bhutan is a mostly Buddhist country and it is the only country in the world which would rather have a Gross Happiness Product than a GNP.  I has been called the happiest nation in Asia and one of the half dozen happiest in the world.  I would like to soak up about two weeks worth of that.-- a kind of eat, pray, love sort of thing.
Could i stay longer if i really liked it?  Of course, i could only go after my commitments here have been fulfilled, but a few years in a Buddhist Monastery would have a certain appeal for me.  However, the discipline that would be required might be more than i could commit to.