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... and then in the sun as it quickly got cold in the shade) and read our books enjoying the peace, until 2 Indian girls came over to talk to us. They were quite shy but had come here after college had finished for the day to meet with friends. They were studying English literature and wanted to know what we were reading. Unfortunately I was reading a girly trash novel and Ollie was reading the chronicles of Narnia! Then they wanted to take our photo so we took theirs ...
... back. It's strange seeing Indians in wooly hats and scarves!
Yesterday started with a very early train from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam, and then the famous steam train up to Ooty. What an experience! Hard to put into words, but you can understand why people say it is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
After checking in to our guesthouse, we took a couple of hours kip before heading over to ...
... Ooty a bit.
"It's the climate of Sweden but its India. It is the seventh circle of hell." Was Marias summing up of Ooty and, although really not fair on hell, it wasn’t far from the truth. After swapping warm palm fringed beaches for a Swedish autumn climate with cold drizzling rain and busy streets, it was slightly depressing. The town centre of Ooty pretty much centres around a now disused racetrack. Multi coloured buildings, in various ...
... and joking like sleepover kids, till long after all the other curtains were pulled. Fred couldn’t help but ask Shobana "Does this train have a cow-catcher? What would happen if a cow wandered onto the track? Would the driver have to stop?" I answered for her, that the train was so long – about a kilometre - and going so fast that it would never be able to stop in time.
And not long after, there was a terrible thump, crunch and smack against the bottom of the ...
... station) I tapped the guy on the shoulder and indicated to him that the line formed to the rear of me. He said that he was waiting to be served at the next window - rather than the one I was in line for- even though he was standing in the same line that I was AND even though there was no employee behind the next window at which he claimed to be waiting. So I said to him, "Oh, so you are waiting to be served by no one?" At that moment, the lady appeared at the ...