The last Shangri-La, Bhutan. The country is taking its first very hesitant steps into democracy. The monarch recently dragged the country kicking and screaming into the 20th century - they will continue to be in a bit of a time warp, even with democracy and the advent of television. The people are not sure democracy is a good thing, and the recent changes have left them uneasy. They worry that their way of life is being threatened. After all, government policy has been guided by Gross National Happiness for the last century or so.
Props to Current TV and Christof Putzel for doing this piece.
I'm hopefully back after the unintentional blogging break. The last month has been busy work-wise, but also S and I have been looking for a new place to live. Happily, we have now found said place, but the always untantalizing task of moving still remains.