Darjeeling Planters Club
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... so was surprised by the taste! Coconuts are readily available everywhere because they are used as an offering in many temples.
We are now into serious momo eating: fried, steamed, chicken, vegetable and even masala! Having been unsuccesful in our first efforts to acquire these around Varanasi, they are now a staple available every where.
The building of houses here is a major architectural feat. They ...
... it was due around 4:00am. We weighed our options; stay in the train station and wait it out or rent a hotel and wake up periodically to check the progress online. We went with the latter and booked into the only close hotel with available rooms we could find, which was a dump. And by dump I mean, only one towel for the two of us to share, no toilet paper, squat toilet, cold shower, A/C that doesn't work, and no top sheet ...
... ignore him. It is 520 and I tell him to hurry to the bus station as I'm trying to catch the 530 bus. He actually does hurry, but is saying I need to pay him more now. Whatever. I do through him a little more but not much, as I told him I would get it at 5pm. So we pull back up to the "bus station" and I'm looking around for my friend. Luckily I see him sitting by the ticket booth. I'm hoping he is waiting on hone bus and not sitting there because we had bad intel. I ...
... run of his home, the library, the verandah and the mountain.
He has also embraced the local community in a way that Amazoonico in Ecuador (where I worked at the animal rehabilitation centre) did not. He has employed many of the locals to work in his business, whether as a chief, porter, garden hand, kitchen hand or guest help. At the foot of the mountain is a basic clinic he has set up to provide medical services to the local community. This ...
... air-conditioned seats on the train felt like luxury. A 4 hour train journey (pretty uneventful) brought us to New Jalpaiguri and our awaiting drivers. What followed will remain with me forever. Our journey up to Darjeeling took place during a torrential thunderstorm, a 3 hour white-knuckle ride up a switchback road driven by Captain Crazy McCrazy from Crazytown; I suppose I ought to be grateful it was dark so at least we couldn't see the ...