I found it a fascinating and emotional day. Being a holiday I watched TV and scanned websites and the overwhelming reports on Sir Edmund Hillary were astounding. Best, I believe was CNN who gave such brilliant coverage. The quote I like the best was from a Nepali politician who said Sir Hillary "was like a second Dalai Lama."
It is a comment that Ed would have either rocked with laughter or modestly said, " he is a greater man than me."
In Jakarta we have cafe called the Everest Cafe. Tomorrow we are going to have a wake, The Cafe/bar is owned by Anish Shakya. The walls are draped with photos of Everest and nepal. We will think a lot about Sir Ed. My Nepali friends here are very emotional about his death. A secong Dalai Lama? I am sure Ed will find another role in the next life.