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Published: February 24th 2020
It was nice to have a few rainy days . I can not tell a lie ,the heat and the humidity are very wearing on me . I do not like it ! I am quite sure this is my last Asian trip . I think I knew that but I had to see the last country of the "Top10 in Asia"...right ?
Tea country is beautiful . The hills/mountains are terraced and lush with tea plants . They pick each plant once a week and it is really hard work . It seems to be women who do the picking . I do not know where the men are . I have come to the conclusion that most people here are very poor by our standards. The Tuk tuk drivers charge and earn a pittance . Yesterday we walked up and down 1.5 km through the forest to reach the 9 Arches bridge , an amazing site , and chose to take a tuk back . It probably took @30 minutes . At some point it was so steep the machine was really labouring , and it cost 1000rupees. That would be @7 Canadian $.He had charged more because of the rain and the fact that parts of the road ( dirt path in parts) was washed out .The usual price was 800R. I do know most people have gardens and by and large are vegetarians but it must be hard . Education is free and compulsory from 3-16 but you still need to buy a uniform and some paper supplies . Life is not easy .
When I arrived in Colombo I was amazed at all the construction sites ...A lot of them ! But they appeared to be abandoned. It turns out he Chinese has loaned the Sinhalese the financing for the building . The catch is they did not loan money they loaned labour . Hundreds of Chinese labourers had been working here but when the corona virus hit , the workers were all taken back to China ..people here think is was to build the hospitals to house those infected by the virus . No one knows when they will return and continue building and there are concerns about them returning with the virus. All is at a stand still . .
Enough . Today we are off to a national park . Our safari will take us through forest where there are many leopards ...I have my camera battery charging as I write this.
Hope all is well with you and yours. Do keep I touch .
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