One of the highlights of our recent Bhutan Photo Expedition was a day trip to the Ura Valley. The Lonely Planet describes Ura Village as “Forty closely packed houses along cobblestone streets…giving it a medieval atmosphere”.
We had left the main Lakhang and were walking through the village, where we met five schoolgirls on their way home from school. The girls, polite and charming, lined up to have their photograph taken but I thought a short movie might be quite entertaining so filmed them as they pushed each other out of the line-up and then chased around in circles. They thought that was pretty amusing – as did we.
However, when I showed them the resulting video clip they descended into riotous peals of laughter, which, luckily, I recorded on my Zoom H4n audio recorder whilst a friend snapped a few frames of the girls and I sharing the laughter. This short video captures the original movie and the subsequent giggling.
I don’t think it’s possible to hear this delightful sound without grinning from ear to ear. What a delight. Here’s to the Giggling Schoolgirls of the Ura Valley.