Our host, Sonam the carpenter, has a decent view from his rooftop over the Zangla Palace. Our volunteers relax in his courtyard reading or sunbathing after work. >>>The team arrived to Zangla
The 2013 season opened with the conservation of the Great Stupa of Shey that started a year before. >>>
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The 2013 season opened with the conservation of the Great Stupa of Shey that started a year before.
We commenced with the same master builders from last year, but had to hire some new skilled labor, some Italian, Slovenian, Hungarian volunteers, under Hungarian supervision. The conservation is looking forward to complete the lowest step of the Stupa, and for the sake of protecting the Stupa from the growing traffic of the vicinity, we are planning to build a small entry gate structure too.
Gergely Barcza architect, team leader stayed in Shey to supervise the work, myself heading towards Zanskar. Sharing a jeep with one of the most respected researchers of the area, Rob Linrothe, and a young Hungarian Tibetologist, Ákos Debreczeni, we interrupted our 2 days journey a couple of times to visit some early buddhist carvings close by the road.
We arrived to Zangla at the same time with the exhausted volunteers turning up a day ahead of their plan via a trek route from Darcha.
The solar school that we started to build a year before survived the winter remarkably well. Apart from the top layer of the stacked bricks everything looked intact. The parachute tent we used last year for sun protection this time ended up on the roof of the first classroom to get a higher ceiling interior than usual for our rest times.
Only a few days after arrival we already worked at full force. 4 local mistris (master builders), 6 skilled labor and 7 volunteers continued with the stone quarry, the foundation and the stone wall construction.
We payed a visit to the Royal Palace too. The plan for this season is the Northern Facade re-plastering, crack injecting and whitewash. Thanks to our equipment sponsor, we could avoid building expensive scaffolding to do all these, we only had to hang ourselves outside the building.
Nima Norbu, the King of Zangla invited our small team for a usual tea, and proudly turned the pages of Földgömb magazine, which presented a cover story of our project, with his palace on the cover. Unfortunately the Hungarian article posed some difficulties to read for him.
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