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... again meant to have views of the mountains, but only got a slight view when woken up by aerobics with music played through the stadium speaker system at 6am!!! J-Lo at 6am isn't the best start. Anyway that only happened twice, the other times we had the army drilling, perhaps practicing with the worst bagpipers I think I have heard, all carried perfectly from the stadium to our window! All part of the fun.
Anyway we were up at the monastery and were ...
... eat breakfast and dinner with awesome scenery.
We went to a zoo and explored on Monday our first day. The Zoo was interesting with many species of Animals, some indiginous to Indian and some not. The entry fee first of all was a bargain at 100 rupees (tourist price) which is only £1.35, have some of that chester zoo! So what we saw on our zoo trip? Well we saw Deer, mountain goats, mountain sheep, yak, several species of small mountain cats, himalayan ...
... to tell you what came out when I blew my nose (hint: it looked like a charcoal briquette).
Once in Ghum, we visited the Sakyaguru Monastery and checked out the local marketplace before hailing a shared taxi for the ride back to Darjeeling (20 rupees each, or about 40 cents). In order to maximize his profit, the driver picked up a few other paying passengers as well... for a total of ten people squished into one 1950s era Land ...
It was just another example of Indian men specifically North Indian men that are plain rude. Maybe the fact Annabelle was female made the situation worse, who knows! So after that little charade we got back into bed and listened as he banged and crashed around his room particularly loudly just to prove a point. Ah well! We had really enjoyed Christmas in Darjeeling but could not wait to get to the much warmer Kuala Lumpur for New ...
... night, or not as the case was, then on to Indulge bar, where there was karaoke. We were the only non-locals there, and had the only women, too. When the girls got up to sing the locals turned the machine off - apparently it was men only. We got the owner to turn it back on for the girls to sing.
Sat 17th Emily, Jennie, Kristy, Sarah and myself went by jeep upto Tsongo (pronounced Changu) Lake. The road was mainly very poor, but is being widened with ...