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... no no [with due respect to the husband unit].
The Tea Factory was next. Don't ask me to detail the nine stages but you certainly got the smell of raw tea on entry. There was a little sample of chai on completion, being dumped naturally into the gift shop.
The Government Botanical Gardens was enjoyable. Its original purpose for the Brits was an area to grow vegetables, morphing over time into a pretty, well laid out area. Before entry, the carrot vendors and cob on ...
... and found it really quite heavy as it is made with a lot of butter apparently, it also tasted a bit like advent calendar chocolate. Suffice to say Ooty is the first place in India we have bought Dairy Milk and it was delicious :) Local chocolate cost approx 45 p per 100 grams and the diary milk was 40 p for 38 grams!
In order to get out and see a bit of Ooty we booked a days trekking. Its fair to say I was quite anxious about this as when i asked the ...
... we drove from Wayanad to Ooty. Ooty is a hill station built by the British so they had a place to go to escape the heat of the low lands. The elevation is 7000 feet and it is significantly cooler here. We are staying in a 120 year old hotel which is really lovely. After dinner the hotel staff light large fires in fire pits on the lawn and everyone sits around the fire. All the rooms have fireplaces and if you would like ...
... could see. We identified a few things: cooing pigeons, wild roosters, the bell-like song of one of the birds we took a photo of (hummer?) and flying squirrels. Then we heard a loud crack echo round the hills, which I thought was a shot gun, but Dhas told me it was firecrackers, which were used to frighten away wild boar.
We were drinking coffee in the lounge, when three of the young estate guys arrived ...
... of making it look like you have a choice. It amounts to a no-lose proposition from his perspective.
Related to this is a tactic I have noticed when looking to buy other items at various shops, like belts and shirts. In the non-Indian world, these items are put on display in a way that makes it easy for the customer to inspect the items without the need for help from a sales assistant. In India, these items are stored in a way that make it ...