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... the air. Tah dah. Thank you Wikipedia!] It reminds me of 1/4 of the moto drivers/passengers wear some kind of covering over their mouth to protect the air they breathe. Police officers who direct traffic at intersections wear masks. Blech. Makes me wonder if I should do the same.
On the way back to the Retreat, we stop beside some tea pickers who happily smile and laugh with me about taking a picture of them chopping tea (it's fun to watch as they chop with scissor like ...
... This was very intersting to see and the smell was amazing. We got to try a sample too which was delicious and doesn't get fresher than that Iguess! We really wish we had room in our bags to take some home/onwards with us.
After the tea factory we went to visit the Botanical gardens, which were tended by an english man when they first opened. There is supposed to be a fossilised tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old, but we didnt see it. We just sat in ...
... plain stupid, cultural practices notwithstanding.
Saturday, 02 April, 2011
Today I watched the first of a six part BBC series on the history of India. Each episode lasts for one hour and the whole thing is very well done, especially the photography.
I took a walk out to the lake and then rode back to town on the bus. While on the bus a man came and sat behind me and started talking to me, beginning with the ...
The road from Kalpetta to Ooty is the best road I've ever been on. Windy roads through tea plantations and forests with great views over the western ghats followed by an ascent to 2600m through pine forests (in India!). Ooty is an old hill station favoured by the British as a base nearby Madras and it's got a race course and a golf course and lot's of old colonial style buildings. But it's the scenery that makes ...
... off and hoped for the best!). It must've been a big deal that the train was stuck for so long as the local news was there to interview passengers .. we may be on the news in India for a second time!!
We were met off the train by the lovely John who we had met in Mysore and who had invited us to stay at his place.... which just happened to be one of the most magical stops on our trip so far... blog entry to follow shortly!!