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... and passed the usual overloaded bus and van. We went through a town that was having tarmac laid and the crowds lined either side of the street watching with looks of amazement were amusing. After a while we stopped for breakfast but didn't fancy a curry so just had a couple of cups of tea, the tea came with milk and sugar already in which we didn't realise until we put salt in it by mistake. Lesley got excited when she found she had good ...
... in the group, and I didn’t want to push my luck.
I did end up waking Louise, who viewed the mountains from the window in our hotel room, but I should have banged on Katherine’s and Leslie’s doors as well… and next time I will. Sunrises are important! Besides, in one of Louise’s many stories about rooming with Leslie in college, I learned that she (Leslie) thinks sleep is stupid. ...
... put the rest of the track out of action last year.
After booking the tickets we went to the Botanical Gardens which, like much of Darjeeling, must have been impressive 100 years ago but are now sadly quite dilapidated. We got quite lost again getting there, navigating through tiny winding backstreets up and down some crumbling staircases into back yards and a market packed with people buying flowers, sweets and food for Divali. There were lots of mangy ...
... a little before dusk, a crowd has gathered outside to protest and listen to a minister speak against the building of another Hydro station post earthquake. This seems a common theme in Sikkim amongst the traditional owners of this land and as we later drive along the Rangit river we see numerous stations at different stages of construction and the lack of water in what was once a powerful river.
The Temple is rather special considered most sacred and has a carved image of ...
... than one screening. It looked ****** even for generic Bollywood standards, coupled with its three hour running time, we decided this was not for us.
We shambled into the Bazaar, which is a perfect place for shambling so we felt right at home. It was nice and crowded so we elbowed our way through the throngs of people.
When watching the locals though, you notice they don't actually seem to bump into eachother. Instead, they pass within nanometers of eachother, ...