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Yesterday morning, after several hours of flight delays, we began a twisting and turning descent into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport. Upon landing we proceeded through customs and a quick baggage claim to meet our guide and driver.

From the very beginning, Bhutan was breathtaking. Vast green forests, lush valleys, and steep hillsides surrounded us as we made our way from Paro to the capital Thimphu. We learned about white prayer flags to mourn the death of a loved one and the colored ones to pray for good luck. We also got to try the national food, a chili and cheese dish that will light most people’s mouths on fire. Fortunately Chris and Kai love spicy foods and I’m too stubborn to admit when my mouth is on fire. The local dishes in Bhutan have so far been exceptionally bland with the exception of the ubiquitous green chili which seems to be a mainstay in Bhutan.

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We visited the local weekend market before checking into Le Meridian Thimphu, then we headed out on foot to explore the city. There were many beautiful Bhutanese handicrafts for sale, but we held back on purchasing anything considering that it was our first night. **Five stars to Le Meridian Thimphu – an awesome contrast to the Yak and Yeti!