imageWe opted for a lie-in rather than climbing Adam’s Peak last night. It’s supposed to be a vacation, after all. Woke up, enjoyed breakfast and hiked into the hills around Dalhousie, filled with electric green tea bushes. Timing was perfect as the many women harvesters were returning from the morning’s outing, with baskets of tea hanging from tump lines across their foreheads. Not an easy day’s work, but enough energy left to wave to us and shout hello. Stopped for lunch at a guest house along the road, the manager a 68 year old former pharmacist, forced to retire years ago when the mandatory age was 50. Enjoyed the view and the conversation as we fixated on Adam’s Peak (above left). It seems we can’t take a vacation unless there’s a mountain involved! Kala Pathar, Mount Whitney, Mount Popa, Gunung Agung, to name a few. Tonight, Adam’s Peak at 3:00 a.m., the site of many pilgrimages with a view of the sunrise over Sri Lanka as reward. Then tomorrow, back on the road for a long day’s journey to Yala National Park. May the kitten lounging all day on the steps of our guest house be a foreshadowing of things to come as we hope for spotted leopards in the park. But elephants would be just fine, too! More to come upon arrival at our next destination.

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