By some organizational miracle, the streets were now somehow cleaner than many of the plates we’d been eating off. It was as if we’d woken up in a completely different town than the one we’d walked through briefly the night before.
We’d rented a six-bed dorm that was separated by a partial wall, and it even had a private shower and toilet. Not only that, but it cost fifteen cents a day less per person (20 ¥ instead of 25 ¥).
“Tibet is a plateau, with most of it sitting between four and five thousand metres (13,000–17,000 ft), so you can imagine how high these mountains are. That’s what’s kind of cool about it. Obviously, oxygen becomes an issue. Some people can actually die from altitude sickness, but mostly it just causes nausea and headaches.”