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Himalaya

Day 67: Lhasa

Michael Palin - HimalayaBack in the Barkor, we take lunch at a cheery upstairs café called Petoc. It's shamelessly aimed at foreign travellers and our Tibetan drivers are frankly embarrassed at having to eat behind a yak-hair curtain in a recreation of a nomad's tent. We, on the other hand, love it for its eggs and bacon, yak burgers and espresso coffee machine.

Halfway through this intercontinental fry-up our new sound recordist, a tall, thin Chinese, arrives from Beijing. Though he's got here impressively quickly, his expression is apologetic and his face a ghostly shade of green. We later learn that he's suffering from altitude sickness and won't be able to work for the rest of the day.

Recount this story to John when we take him food and supplies at the hospital tonight. It cheers him up no end. He's a lot better generally and now has only one aim – to get out of the People's No. 1 Hospital by any means possible.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 67: Lhasa
  • Country/sea: Tibet
  • Place: Lhasa
  • Book page no: 163

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