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APRIL 9 -COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - DAY 2

sunny 89 °F

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We were docked overnight and were awed by this beautiful sunset.

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A Sri Lankan cultural show later than evening

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The next morning, we drove once again through the streets of Columbo. Our guide described the inclusive symbolism of his national flag, called the Lion flag or Sinha flag.

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A two-hour drive into the low mountains east of Columbo brought us to one of the thousands of tea plantations in the country.

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This bungalow is the home of the manager of the plantation. Sri Lanka still exports tea using the British appellation: Ceylon Tea.

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Also on plantation property, a crop of rubber trees.

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Latex is collected as it seeps from cuts in the bark of the tree.

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Tamil women are the "tea pickers". Such a hot and hard job. Recently, Sri Lanka has passed a law that allows the Tamil people (who were originally from India) to become citizens. Perhaps this will lead to better conditions for the workers.

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The tea factory, which we toured, has a no photo inside policy. (why we don't know?)

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Bales of recently harvested tea leaves are conveyed up into the factory, where the multiple steps of processing the tea leaves are managed by bare-footed workers.

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Outside, again, in the lush countryside

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The tea we sampled today is from the "Low Country". A second type is grown at a higher altitude. At the highest altitude, the "High County" tea (over 4000 feet), is the more delicate tea.

Here is a recent interesting article about Sri Lanka's tea factories and Tamil workers:

The 150-year-old story of Sri Lankan tea-making -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43629707

Posted by Swenigale 22:55 Archived in Sri Lanka

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