Tibet – Lhasa, Shigatsi and Countryside

Some photos from a trip to Tibet in 2007. I went there without a visa on a 49-hour train journey with some Koreans. Had the armed police questioned me or asked to see my passport, I could have been arrested, thrown off at the nearest stop or whatever. As I was near-penniless at the time this was a bit of a worry. Happily, they were more interested in getting spectacularly drunk during the epic journey.

Due to a ticket cock-up, we could only get seats on the way there, which meant dossing down on cardboard at night, jostling for floorspace with Chinese peasants, being prodded awake by the police when I dropped off in the restaurant car and a gradually increasing headache from lack of sleep and, as we climbed the Himalayas, massive altitude sickness.

At 4000 metres I thought my head would explode- the worst kind of hangover headache imaginable. I spent three days huddled in bed sucking on an oxygen tank until my body adjusted to the altitude.

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