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Day 23 - mid-afternoon
Day 4 of Southern India Tour
For a small fee, Michel and I decided to partake in the afternoon's optional activity and pay a visit to this town’s Botanical Gardens. It was better than doing nothing plus, I wanted to see how it looked like.
After a good 20 minute walk from the hotel, ...
What a contrast to other parts of India I have visited so far. After lighting the fire in our room last night, and being supplied with hot water bottles, we slept in the blissful silence that comes of not having the air conditioning rattling away. In the morning when I looked out the window all I could see was mist and the glass was wet from light rain. Our hosts advised us that this will hang around for a couple of days at least - so no walking up peaks for views today. This feels like ...
We got up at 4.30 am for our trip to Ooty. We started out with about an hours drive to get to the train station. It was very interesting driving through the streets before dawn. There were many people, including children, sleeping on the streets. By the time we drove past them at around 5.30am they were starting to stir, and markets were open for business. I saw one lucky man fast asleep on a bed frame set up beside his roadside stall - people were walking all around him but ...
... of the hill, the guy thanked me in very polite English, making the effort worthwhile. It was also good exercise for me.
Due to the amount of walking I am doing here on account of the excellent weather, I am wearing holes in my socks. Luckily India is the best place for that - as it is easy and cheap to get them repaired - at any of the many "tailor shops" located strategically around the city. I put "tailor shops" in quotes because often they ...
... would happen if a young white girl stripped off for a dip!
I have to admit that the last few days have been very difficult for me. I've struggled with the cultural differences and attention I received as a foreign female in this part of the world. Prior to leaving home I'd read about and had experienced travelers tell me that in India, I must prepare myself for being constantly stared at - by men and women - and that I should not let it get me down. And ...