Preparing for European Winter

Trip Start Oct 17, 2008
Trip End Nov 11, 2008

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's cold up here. Maybe 21 degrees. And it's raining every afternoon. Logically, I caught cold.

I went on a small Countryside tour to see how strawberries are grown (as if I didn't know... ;)), how honey is made (...), see butterflies, a Buddhist temple and tea plantation.  I was especially interested in how tea was made, because I'd been wanting to see that for quite a long time. I was surprised how beautiful tea fields can be and how quickly the tea is made (to tell you the truth, I was a little bit disappointed about that - I thought tea was like wine - it takes time to get the full taste, but it's not). It only takes few hours to dry the leaves (by the help of heat of course), an hour to grind them, few hours to ferment them and than they are dried again (which also takes just a few hours) and sorted. Than they put tea in bags, transfer it somewhere near Kuala Lumpur, where the tea is packed in aluminum foil (or something...) and distributed around the country. That is black tea of course. The BOH tea factory here doesn't produce green tea, so I'll have to see that one somewhere else.

I bought a ticket to Kuala Lumpur for Tomorrow. I had to options - to go by Express-27-seater bus, or normal bus. Since all buses in Malaysia are OK (some more luxurious that others, but generally all are comfortable), I decided to take a normal bus. But well well, Tomorrow there will be no normal bus, because it broke! Just my luck! So I'll be transported to KL on a luxurious 27-seater bus, for a 30% higher price....
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