Tibetan monks in Sera Monastery

The altitude sickness is real. Too real. My nose bled last night and I slept less than my first night in Tibet. I have had a dull, deep headache now for two days straight without relief. My breath shortens from a flat walk down the hotel hallway. The air is shockingly clear. We began yesterday in Sera and Drepung Monasteries. In a land where there were once 7,700 monks to a single monastery, now only 700 call the buildings home. The stairways feel empty and too clear in the harsh noon light. The windows of the old dormitories stare at us

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