After spending the night killing bed bugs and not sleeping, I was happy to finally see the sun begin to rise. Today I was going on a day tour of Cameron Highlands and visiting a tea plantation, honey farm, butterfly farm, strawberry farm and Buddhist temple.
My tour group consisted of one German and one Swiss student, both studying in Singapore, and one American guy, who taught English in Thailand. He was one of the few Americans I met in southeast Asia. The small group allowed us to chat and get to know one another as our tour guide drove a minivan along the winding roads.
The views in these hills are absolutely breathtaking. After about 20 minutes of driving, we pulled to the side of the road for photos of tea trees that went on as far as the eyes could see. We even watched as people harvested the crops. They used special machines to cut the tops of the trees, which allowed them to harvest several times a year. When the machines were not available for use, people resorted to the old-fashioned method of manual labor. Picking the leaves one-by-one looked like back-breaking work.