I’ve also had reconfirmed how useless the Lhasa dialect, which is what is offered on ALL online sites as well as in guidebooks, is! Kham dialect is completely different from Lhasa dialect, so whatever I pronounce from my Lonely Planet phrasebook is completely lost on the Tibetans here in Dartsendo and further northwest!
I am enjoying an omelette and lei cha. The omelette is delicious, thought it feels odd to eat Western food when I have been enjoying so much local cuisine! The menu here is primarily Western, which I am sure all the foreigners that stay here appreciate. I’ll request a bit more info from Gyaltso, then be on my way. My plan is to head into New Kangding today, walking for as many hours as possible to continue to build my endurance and strength.