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... the fact I am sick of having cardamom indigestion... I look forward to South East Asia. Luke says the food is OK (with an upward inflection). It is cheap though, usually about £1.20 for a paneer butter masala and rice.
Finally on the last day we shipped our sleeping bags and stuff, having been told that we no longer needed them, and went to the Himalayan Zoo. The taxi dropped Luke, Jason, Jordan and I at the front gate, we paid our 50p and got told the ...
... on our short but complicated journey. Particular thanks go to the wonderfully distinguished chap, Padmar; a teacher and ex-Gurkha who, if my maths is correct professed to be 60 but looked about 40 and had no trouble with the steep undulations of Darjeeling town centre. Thankfully he showed us virtually to the door of the hotel as it really does have some very steep paths and hidden back alleys does Darjeeling. Not a good place top wander aimlessly for half ...
... one of the best things we've eaten in India so far. A thali is normally a metal tray (though this time it was plastic) with compartments for different types of curry, soup, dahl, rice, chapatti and pickle. It was out of this world, I was sad when it was over. I began to realise, it's not about what you can see on this trip, it's about WHAT YOU CAN EAT! After the thali we had a bit of time so went to another posh Darjeeling tea shop. They had all kinds ...
... t eaten much over the last couple of weeks, so felt I needed to gain some strength.
There is very little to see or do in Siliguri, it is mainly a transport hub for you to connect to Bangladesh, Nepal, or Sikkim in northern India.
It is a dusty, hot and industrious city, with very little internet cafes and lots of honking car horns!!
Next day I caught a four hour bus ride to Gangtok in East Sikkim. I would spend a couple of days ...
... to sleep..l
Teaching at the local school
I had a really lovely time teaching at the local school. First watching this absolutely adorable kindergarten children singing to us in this little school. Following that I taught an older group who were like sponges and enjoyed learning. They all spoke English, Nepalese, Sikkim and Hindi.. a few Bengali. Their drive to learn was wonderful. We take education for granted and here they ...