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April 2012
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married to bhutan by linda leaming
April 6, 2012

so the first e book i'm reading is Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming.

i heard about this book via a blog i read online. "consciously frugal" i think is the name of the blog. and the writer is a hoot. so funny. she often reviews books she reads and she reads alot. she commutes by bus so she has lots of reading time each day. and this book was one of her favorites, most highly recommended reads from 2011.

this book is making me laugh out loud.

also it makes me want to live in bhutan. i can see so many benefits to commuting with cows.

let me say this about phones. they are rarely used there. so rarely that at the school where linda teaches there is a phone warden so to speak. the phone is kept in a locked closet inside a box. the warden must be present to make a call and only he can dial the number. so you can see phones aren't used much. this really appeals to me! in fact, i haven't mentioned this but we recently gave up our landline phone. such peace! such respite! no more jarring ringing interruptions. no more message machines to check. no more sale calls. no more debt collectors calling the wrong house. why didn't we do this sooner?

also, time is different there. more my speed. remember the problems i had as a bird walk leader over the issue of time? well, all well covered in the first few pages of linda's introduction to bhutan. definitely my kind of country. if you arrive before the party you're meeting while you're "waiting" you're served tea, i.e., there's always this moment happening right this minute regardless of that moment you had "planned." it kinda undoes eventually the whole concept of planning.

this is immersion re-training for westerners. funny, even as it shifts your outlook on almost everything.
 
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