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So last week in a single day 1) A client asked how my bowel movements were ('textbook, thanks') 2) I was asked by the security guard on my way out how much my salary was, how much rent I paid and how much cash I had on me; and 3) a beggar jumped into the taxi next to me while I was leaving and the driver just drove on as he continued with some close-quarters begging. The most surprising thing about all this was that none of it really surprised me. I think maybe human beings only have ...
... s life. We also saw a preserved room that had his office - a basic desk with a few simple pictures and a spindle wheel to help him keep in touch with the working population. There was also a stamp collection also showing key points of Ghandi's life.
We stopped off in a cafe on the way back for a few nibbles and drinks and ambled back along the water to our hotel stopping at food stalls to see the local street colour.
Friday March 14
In the morning ...
... that there has been a huge mistake and no one else has confirmed tickets! He sent down 2 more girls so now we are 8 people in the berth. Still, OK...a little tighter but OK. Then he sent down 2 more so now we are 10 in the berth. The nice couple were not so nice anymore!
After about one hour, Manu came rushing into our berth and told us we have to leave the train NOW! He started just grabbing bags and throwing them out ...
... on the path, and several more butterflies of every hue. The large tracts of overgrown karvies at Garbut are yet to bloom, when they do, it will be an experience not to be missed. It is difficult to gauge the blooming stage of the karvy shrub as there were tiny shrubs in full bloom along with much taller mini trees at Panorama, so size is definitely not an indicator. A last round of Panorama ...
... with sticks of sugar cane; a total load of less than 10 tons. All the same the engine seemed tired and deserted its load at the entrance to the yard, retiring to the loco siding while all further shunting was carried out by hand. The train back to Neral - three coaches and an NIM - gave a pleasant ride back down the hill, enlivened by the callings of the brakemen as they sat on their levers, applying more or less brake. A suburban train turned up at Neral and carried me onward ...