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We have created an imaginary flag which we carry with us every day. You can unfurl and wave it when you are in danger of getting too angry or frustrated with the way things seem to work here. It says 'This Is India'. For example, when four ladies forcibly elbow their way past you in the queue to get on the ferry and take your seat, or three different guides tell you three different names for the same tree (Silver root? Silver rock? Silver ...
... for approx 8pound, 1kg of green tea for 4pound and 1kg of blacktea for 1.50. The working day starts at 8am with a 15 minute tea break at 10am an hour lunch breakat 12.30, a 15 minute tea break at 3pm and finish day at 5pm. The women do this all year long 5 and half days per week. Even in the monsoon season when the workers have to contend with being wet, leaches, land being slippy and sometimes land slides. To help with this Silver rock trees are planted in the ...
... and lasted about 13 hours before we jumped on the first tuk tuk outta there. The backdrop was amazing but the resort was a bit gash.. our room didn't have a roof in the bathroom, the mattress was damp, pillows moldy, the spiders were literally the size of my hand and nothing to do! so we decided to leg it.
Hopefully Bangalore will be better though.
Will keep you updated more..... only 7 months til we are back ;)
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... laden tree!
The view from the other side
There's someone lurking in those tea bushes
Eventually we made our way back, walking down the road to the Balaji temple bus stop some 6km downhill after ...
... grew in their garden, and he picked several items for us to try, I let Michael do the testing on things like 'peppercorn' and 'clove' that had the immediate effect of burning his eyeballs out. Then we went next door to spice garden to continue our learning where a guide with really good English took us around their gardens explaining all the medicinal properties of the different herbs and spices. I must admit I hazed out during sections such as "if you want good sight ...