In Bhutan, where joy is measured as Gross National Happiness, it’s hard not to smile—meet with friendly locals; revel in the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas; visit the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery; and discover Bhutan's rich cultural heritage in Thimphu, main residence of the king.
Gary Wintz graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College in Michigan with a degree in philosophy. He has spent most of the past 40 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and has traveled to over 220 countries and territories. Gary has worked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia and has contributed his expertise to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981 he taught as a foreign expert at Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. In 1982 he was employed by Tibet University in Lhasa, thus becoming one of the first Westerners to actually reside in Tibet since the communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked as a consultant with development organizations and for media projects throughout Southeast Asia and has lectured on contemporary issues at various institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the World Affairs Council. He is a longtime member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Gary has been traveling to SE Asia, including Burma, since 1977, and is a member of the Burma Studies Group and Thailand Laos Cambodia Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies.
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