Three Americans and a Quebecer in Tibet

Photo: Colin Standish

Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region

After one hour of sleep, I haul myself into a minivan at 5:30 am in Kunming, Yunnan, about two and a half hours by air from Lhasa, as my stomach boils and bubbles violently, a bit like last night’s hot pot dinner, where I threw raw meat into a spicy soup.