On The Same Flight with the Queen of Royal Bhutan
I am very fortunate to sit on the same flight with the Queen of Royal Bhutan, Jetsun Pema, the youngest queen in the world. I hear that she’s very pretty. The whole cabin crew show their respect by wearing a belt on their costume to greet the queen and the baby prince.
Since then, I hear many stories about how she met the king. The royal family in Bhutan is very humble and go to the same school with all the normal kids and eat in the same restaurants with many other normal locals. When Pema was 7 years old, she met the current 5th King (handsome king, 10 years older than her) in the same school and told him that she wanted to marry him in the future. After many years later, they went to UK for colleges and met again and got married. She was only 21 years old, named the youngest queen in the world.
Zigzagging through the Himalayas mountains is not easy but the pilot does it well with a smooth landing, compared to many other major airlines. The flight price is very high ($850 for a low season, for a short flight from Singapore; I could get a flight to US for $700), and I hear it’s because flying through mountains takes a lot of fuels.
No foreigner is allowed to visit Bhutan without an operator. Bhutan people are very customer centric, and I highly recommend the operator I use (please DM for contacts).
In Bhutan, you don’t have car jam, but you have cow jam.
Amazing food: Organic!
With such nature and government control of food quality, the vegetables taste so different and yummy. I’ve never had such a good tasting broccoli! The ginger fried rice is to die-for, with a lot of gingers and crispy rices.
Interesting facts: 1) they don’t have seafood in this country and are not allowed to catch fish in the river. 2) All the meats are imported from overseas as Bhutanese don’t kill animals. But the border is strict in only allowing those meats without chemical fertilizers to enter Bhutan.
Locals eat big portions and a huge amount of rice.
Something unique about Bhutan is that you can see penis statues everywhere, painting of the penis on the external wall of the houses, different colors and patterns (i.e. dragons) drawing on the penis in the souvenir shops, flying penis (penis made into a plane shape), etc. Bhutanese believes that penis is a protection to their people, so everyone puts a penis in different forms in their houses.
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