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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What a night! I had the worst nights sleep I have ever had and was amazed I came out alive. After about 30 minutes of trying to sleep I realised I was having trouble breathing. I had sun stroke, altitude sickness and smoke inhalation all in one go. Everytime I started to drift off, my breathing got so shallow I thought I would pass out. I realised my blanket wasn't covering any part of my upper body, and the -13c outside was the cause. Come morning I had survived and we all started to talk about the night. Seems everyone had similar experiences but it is one I never wish to repeat! Before leaving camp we waited around to take a few pictures of the sunrise and I held out for as long as possible before dashing back to the tent to warm up. Didn't take long and I lost all feeling in my fingers and toes within minutes!

We were blitzing it back for 13 hours today to Shigatse. For breakfast we stopped in someones house in the middle of nowhere before pressing on. Outside Everest National Park we had to stop in my worst nightmare, Shegar, for petrol. The car was hungry according to our driver, and so was he. We wanted to get out of there as soon as possible so told him to be quick.

We ended up there for nearly an hour! Loads of questions from the hotel about the key but we just told them we left it on the table. They didn't believe us but I didn't really care. We got a noodle pot for something to eat and asked the shopkeeper what to do with the rubbish when we had finished. He took it outside and threw it 10 feet in the air before leaving it on the dirt. I hate this town and never wish to return.

Thankfully back in the car we were sprinting back to Latze. Our driver had obviously made a bet with one of the other drivers about who would get there first as it was a non-stop race all the way. It was like something out of the Paris-Dakar rally and dust was flying everywhere. We had to stop numerous occasions as the dust cloud got so thick that we couldn't see 2 inches in front. I loved it but I doubt the car in front did as they had already told us their driver was insane and constantly needed to tell him to slow down!

We finally pulled into Shigatse at 6:30! Nearly 4 hours early (although we still lost the race....just) so I was pretty happy. However the hotel we stayed at was full and the only place was miles away. Didn't care really and was thankful for a great shower before going out for dinner. Once again we had to visit the kitchen to try and get our point across. There was also a live fish kicking around in a carrier bag on the floor with a very inquisitive cat sniffing it! Good hygiene! The food was good though and dirt cheap.

Got in a taxi and went straight to a net cafe. Stayed there for a good few hours and even witnessed a food fight before succumbing to tiredness and heading to bed.
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