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Everest 2003: Charlie Wittmack
Dispatch 9


This being the first day back from Spring Break for the Des Moines and West Des Moines schools, I thought it would be a good time to send off an exercise for the students.

Background: The Internet is the primary method of communication throughout Asia and because of the demand of the technology, the cost has to be affordable for the people to use. I have so far had the pleasure of using the Internet in four countries on my way to the Basecamp of Mount Everest- the U.S., Japan, Bangkok, and Nepal. The price for the Internet in each of these countries has varied widely. Use the following figures to answer the questions below-

Los Angeles, California (airport) 5 dollars / ten minutes

Tokyo, Japan (airport) 100 yen / ten minutes

Bangkok, Thailand (airport) 15 Bhat for the first 10 minutes, 5 Bhat for each additional 5 minute block

Kathmandu, Nepal (Internet cafe) Minimum charge 10 rupees, 1 rupee per minute (up to 30 minutes), 30 minutes FREE after each 30 minutes

1) Look up the exchange rate for each country and calculate the costs in U.S. Dollars.

2) Plot the costs in a table (x= minutes, y= cost in U.S. dollars)

3) What is the cost in each country for 5 minutes of use?

4) What is the cost in each country for 55 minutes of use?

Want to do another one? It should be easy if you have already figured the exchange rates...

The price of a coke in each country-

US- $1

Japan- 100 Yen

Bangkok- 150 Bhat

Kathmandu- 70 Rupees

1) What is the price of a Coke in each country?

2) How many cokes could you buy in Japan with 10 dollars?

3) How many cokes could you buy in Kathmandu with 1000 yen?

When traveling across many countries these are all calculations that you learn to perform in your head. Good luck!

After a four-hour meeting with the ministry of tourism, we have been officially cleared to attempt the climb of Mount Everest and will be departing Kathmandu tomorrow morning. Our flight leaves at 6am.

Special thanks to all of you who have been so supportive over these last years, months, weeks and days. You are the ones that have made this possible, not only through your financial support, but especially through your motivational words and prayers.

-Charlie

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