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... the deceased politician arrived.Last night in the restaurant of my hotel was held a party for the wedding of a cute couple and relatives, only males who had brought with them bottles of whiskey that they offered me. So after about two months I drank a bit of alcohol, mixed with hot tea, like a punch to get warm as here there is no heating.Last night in bed I had a heavy quilt, another pool of the hotel and my two and I was almost ...
... But there is still hope! The idealistic British-colonial tea planter's lifestyle still exists (at a price). You just need to drive an hour and a half down to the heavenly little plantation retreat that is the Glenburn Tea Estate. It took my breath away (but more about that in my next blog!). And if you're looking for a still peaceful hill station, just cross over into Sikkim -- it's a much more authentic ...
... our case only one couple besides our little Drago group, and owner Andrew guides treks in the area.
We spent three nights at Karmi Farm and went on two long day treks. The first trek was up the hill and around it for panoramic views in all directions and back towards Darjeeling across the valley. The second day's trek was deep down into a valley to the river bordering Sikkim.
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... treat you as a guest, and are gracious and kind. Then he showed me some pictures and videos of what he described as an absolutely "fantastic" religious event, which included an all-male mob rhythmically clapping in hysterics while about twenty shirtless guys with extremely bloody backs self-flagellated themselves with spiky whips. At this point I decided it was time to pay for my breakfast. There's nothing like traveling to expand your sense of the world... ☺️ Hugs, ...
... our appearance had become a bit shoddy. I was beginning to look like a castaway and Ben was constantly moaning about his hair (despite having two hairbrushes with him he still couldn't control it). Something had to be done. Ben was first to take the plunge and ventured off in search of a barber while I was busy consuming my 6th pot of tea for the day. 30 minutes later he returned with what can only be described as a bowl ...