Tea Fields Forever

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.

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2 responses to “Tea Fields Forever

  1. Kris

    Yup, picking tea is hard work. Any farming is head work. At least you are not bent over. We should all appreciate the work that goes into the foods we consume. This world is blessed with abundance. Youlooked great in the pics and would never have guessed your ordeal the night before. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Working at vineyards or on farms was definitely an option while I was in New Zealand. I kinda wanted to try it out as most of these places are pretty isolated. However, I ended up with two city jobs and stuck it out there instead.

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