So here we were, in a religious and cultural festival in Bhutan, and the monks are coming out of the temple in a procession. It’s solemn, with the head monk swinging an incense burner and wearing a headdress. He walks past me, solemnly, and stops just to my left. I look down, (I’m already on my knees to keep a low profile) spot the red All Star sneakers, and almost let out a laugh! They were so perfect with his robes, and comfortable no doubt. I’m guessing he chose red ones to match his ‘outfit’. So much for monks leading spartan lives devoid of decoration! That’s the contrast of Bhutan – monks with cell phones, ipods, and cool shoes.