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... you with some of now:
- There are 4 flushes (pickings) of tea, spring (first) summer, monsoon and autumn.
- None of those are the best, but first is softer than second which is stronger.
- The tea plant is from the Camelia family
- Orange Pekoe tea is basically named after William of Orange (hang over from Dutch East India Company) and Pekoe is the tea bud they pick. It is a grade of tea.
All very interesting.
That afternoon ...
... and we are told 3 hours. What? Three hours like this, I don't know if I'm going to make it. I would rare sit on top of the bus with the bicycles, luggage and animals. After about an hour some. People get off and we move back to actual seats and the ride is better. At about 1 we arrive at the border town to India. I grab my bag and head to the border. Deepak ask if I want to get a rickshaw, but I'm ok I have carried heavier packs before. We exit Nepal without ...
... because the tank is empty. In a authentic Nepalese / Tibetan restaurant we eat the finest Momo's that we have gotten so far. Yummy.
The drive back to Siliguri we go strictly according to the railroad. And drive sometimes right next to the steam train. The track was but spilled by various rock falls and is no longer passable. A pass is only possible with the motorbike, as well as the road was swept away. An otherwise the track and scenery, ...
... hours somehow passed quickly as our group chatted around the little fire prepared for us. I shamelessly botched the pronunciation of French words, to the amusement of our Belgian trekking partner Ftouma. I find that talking about the intriguing behaviors of American rednecks and hillbillies usually amuses Europeans immensely as well. And before we knew it - it was 8:00pm and time for bed! The trek only lasted five days, and before I knew it I was back in ...
... popular so most of the time it is well catered for hikers with all they stop off's. It's a nice little set up really. We had tea and 'Nepalese Noddle soup'- Which was basically 'bachelors super noodles' if you remember them with a **** load of cabbage added in. It actually was quite nice and we munched it all. We carried on our inclined slog for another few hours. Unfortunately because we had obviously set off later this day there were no views. The clouds were very low so visibility ...