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... other locals and flashlight scouring the dark forest. We actually found a number of wild elephants. A small pack at a watering hole and a baby that was trying to make a fight for our jeep, while minutes later the mama was lumbering up the hill after. The forest was so beautiful as the light seeped out and dusk became dark and the sky became riddled with stars and planets and Orion lept out at me as a familiar friend.
My favorite part of the weekend was sunrise. I ...
... chocolate and found it really quite heavy as it is made with a lot of butter apparently, it also tasted a bit like advent calendar chocolate. Sufice to say Ooty is the first place in India we have bought Dairy Milk and it was delicious :) Local chocolate cost approx 45p per 100grams and the diary milk was 40p for 38grams!
In order to get out and see a bit of Ooty we booked a days trekking. Its fair to say I was quite anxious about this as when i asked ...
... Shake Hands With The Devil", about Romeo Dallaire, the French Canadian general who led the UN forces in Rwanda during the genocide there in 1994. He was traumatized by what he experienced - and the fact that he was put there to lead a force that didn't have the political backing to do anything about the situation. The film ended by predicting that this sort of thing could be repeated in Africa - and something similar is going on ...
... Inside North Korea", a fascinating look at the hoodwinking of an entire population by a self-serving dictator.
I already finished reading "The White Tiger". It was really an excellent story about life in India.
Friday, 25 March 2011
Today I watched "The King of Communism - Nicolae Ceaucescu". I had long known how his story ENDED, but I hadn't known how it started. To my surprise, he started off being ...
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Our next Ooty expedition was to the boating lake, which was quite a walk and a bit tricky for me as my heels have started developing fissures that on pressure are painful. This is quite a common problem for flip flop wearers in India, with so much dust here drying the feet out.
At the lake there was a boathouse area drawing in the crowds and there we sojourned, hiring a rowing boat which ...