Hotel Preethi Classic Towers
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Day 23 - morning
Day 4 of Southern India Tour
A short stop at the top of one of the mountain's summit proved to be a great idea. It allowed me to witness the beauty of the Blue Mountains’ range as they awakened to the rise of the sun. One word to describe the vistas: amazing!
... leaves on a tea plant. For some reason I had thought that tea leaves were just that - dried leaves from the tea plant. In actual fact, there is quite a process to get to the 'leaves' we spoon into our teapots. The top stems of tea plants are picked (each stem has around half a dozen leaves, petioles and stems). These go into onto an aeration table to dry out before they are passed through various types of choppers, crushers, strainers, heaters to create the finished product. The ...
... using a steam locomotive. It goes incredibly slowly taking about 5 hours to travel 45km. It stopped about 4 times on the way to refill the locomotive boiler with water which I wasn't expecting, but of course I know absolutely nothing about steam trains. The hill climb is pretty steep as far as trains are concerned - the track has an extra rack in the middle and the train uses a rack and pinion system to ease its way up the hill. The train was developed in order to help ...
And on the subject of reading, I just finished reading "Darkness at Noon", a novel about one of Stalin's show trials. Reading this book inspired me to do some research on the period and on the person on whom the novel was based. During this research, I came across information about Stalin's favorite executioner, Vasili Blokhin, who, with his own hands, executed TENS OF THOUSANDS of prisoners, including 7,000 Polish POWs in one ...
... we do look strikingly different from the crowd. But I seem to attract more attention than Darren does for the fact that I am female - more attention from the young men who are usually in groups of 5-6 and often accompanied by jeering or suggestive expressions. (Literature I've read explains that young men receive impressions from western media and western female tourists who've dressed in ways that are culturally inappropriate and sent the message that they ...