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  • At the open air market in Namche Bazaar, a man sells yellow eggs piled into a pyramid. His fingers are long and spiny, like the high mountain ridgelines overhead. Another man sells Chinese cigarettes and beer.

    Tourists prowl the market under the weight of camera necklaces, eyeing one another with trepidation, careful to maintain the exotic authenticity of the moment by keeping white faces out of it. Being there but not being there is the luxury of the voyeur's life behind a screen.

    It takes 15 minutes to upload a photo for email home. The Internet is slow up here.
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