Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • You dream of exploring new lands where the winds whisper against the craggy mountainsides, and the people in the valleys below still cling to their cultural heritage.

    You want to see the true self of a country, something beyond the postcards and web images, something more vibrant, more raw, more real.

    So a fellow photographer invites you to Bhutan, a faraway land that you struggle to find on a map. You find the tiny fellow of a country tucked between massive giants India and China.

    You wonder if Bhutan really bases all governmental decisions on gross national happiness instead of gross national product? You wonder what makes the people seem so serene?

    Eastern Bhutan has just opened to visitors, says your friend. We will explore with kindness in our hearts and curiosity in our minds as we walk up the mountains and share our lives with the families living off the land. We could be the first Westerners to visit the region.

    Doubt worms in a little. You think about the risks, the fact that you have never trekked in your life, the days and nights without a shower, the dreaded pit toilet, the distance, the .... the ...  the ...

    And then you go there in search of enlightenment.

    And you find this.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.