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What's the favourite place you've visited?

When I was asked this question this morning, this image immediately came to mind. In 2007, I was fortunate to go to Tibet and visit the great Gelug University at Sera Monastery, just outside Lhasa. Squatting on the ground with hundreds of other visitors, I was immersed in the spectacle of the debating monks all around me.

I tried to capture it all on film, the loud voices, the slapping of thighs, the laughter. Later, in reviewing the photos, it was this one of a single, meditative step that brought it all back. I feel the warmth of the sun, the excitement of the young monks as they practice their skills, their joy of accomplishment.

And most of all, this one step brings back the love and welcoming peace of the Tibetan people. I have this photo enlarged and framed where I see it every day and so I enjoy again the memory of one of my most memorable adventures.

I'd love to hear your stories of a memorable place you've visited, if you'd care to share.

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