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Day 22 - all day
Day 3 of Southern India Tour
It didn't take me very long to realize that there would never be a dull moment on this Southern India tour. Getting up at the crack of dawn in preparation of today's activities can justify this. Just imagine.....ahead of me I had an entire travelling ...
... very much forest dwellers with a tradition of collecting honey from rock bees. These native bees (Apis dorsatis I think) make their hives hanging from massive big cliffs. There is a honey gathering season which lasts a couple of months when the local tribes collect the honey in a very traditional and remarkable way. The process is very much supported through their religious/spiritual traditions and starts with them heading into the forest to collect a particular type of vine. This ...
... top and polar fleece ! The Indian tourists are walking around with woollen hats on and many woollen layers - they obviously feel the cold much more than us. Evening time - I am now freezing. My fingers are numb, I have the hood of my jacket up and over my head and our hosts are just about to light the fire. This evening a bison came wandering over the adjacent land that is being prepared for tea planting. It was solitary, and our hosts told us this was usually the way. Awesome ...
... dirty, rubbish strewn fenced off, stagnant mire with a dodgy theme park packed with locals as the only way to access the lake front. From the look of the water alone, I wouldn't have risked getting on the water as one spill in the drink would undoubtedly have left me with a disease bearing my own name (as the 1st known victim). There was nothing redeeming about the place, so I turned back and headed to the other side of town to visit the ...
... young lady, Keerthika, and her mother (from nearby Coonoor) at Domino's and had a nice conversation with them.
Among other things, I learned from her that in India, Northerners look down on Southerners because the Southerners are darker! Imagine that! For this reason, Southerners tend to stick together, she said - marrying mostly within their region. She also said that she would never marry a foreigner, which pretty much rules me out.