My Jour­ney to Lhasa

Adventure - - URBAN DIVERSION -

An ex­em­plary trav­el­ogue of dan­ger and achieve­ment by the French­woman Madame Alexan­dra David–Neel of her 1923 ex­pe­di­tion to Ti­bet, the fifth in her se­ries of Asian trav­els, and her per­sonal re­count­ing of her jour­ney to Lhasa, Ti­bet's for­bid­den city.

In or­der to pen­e­trate Ti­bet and reach Lhasa, she used her flu­ency of Ti­betan di­alects and cul­ture, dis­guised her­self as a beg­gar with yak hair ex­ten­sions and inked skin and tack­led some of the rough­est ter­rain and cli­mate in the World. With the help of her young com­pan­ion, Yong­den, she will­ingly suf­fered the prim­i­tive travel con­di­tions, fre­quent out­breaks of dis­ease, the ever–present dan­ger of bor­der con­trol and the mil­i­tary to reach her goal.

The de­ter­mi­na­tion and sheer phys­i­cal for­ti­tude it took for this woman, del­i­cately reared in Paris and Brus­sels, is in­spi­ra­tion for men and women alike.

Alexan­dra is fa­mous for be­ing the first Western woman to have been re­ceived by any Dalai Lama and as a pas­sion­ate scholar and ex­plorer of Asia, hers is one of the most re­mark­able of all trav­ellers' tales.

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