It is always fun to have a goal when you travel, even if it is simply symbolic. Years ago when i traveled after University my goal was to get from London to Hong Kong without taking any planes. Today with less time available I have to settle for smaller goals. So if yo are going to settler for something small you might as well make it as big as you can. And that is what Everest became for us. We were not going to climb it but just getting to be there gave a real sense of purpose.
The day before we got there we stayed a rather 'posh' hotel by Tibetian standards. When it comes to hotel rooms, sometime you win and sometimes you lose and it is easy to see who got the better end here.
Shigatse Everest Hotel 18 megs Quicktime 3:22 min.