John and Blanche Peterson traveled to India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka on a 5 week trip
that they had been planning for many years.   John says "We really had a great trip,
but it is always good to get home and have some food without curry."
There is a tragic PS to this story:
|Blanche Peterson with Aussie friends Judy and Ruth at the Bahai Temple in Delhi.|
From the Western Ghats (mountains that run N and S, generally between the states
of Kerala and Tamil Nadu):|
Indian oxen or cattle near the Tata tea Plantations at Munnar, Kerala State
|Tata tea plantations|
IECA President Doug Wimble from Sydney Australia and John|
at Mahindra with the reservoir and tea in the background.
|On Nov. 26th,
while staying at the Lake Palace, we took a boat ride to see what we could see.|
We were very fortunate to see a number of wild elephants - up very close.
Pictures from the Maldives:
Since they have over 300 students they operate in 2 half-day shifts.
They have 18 teachers and supervisors in the school.
From Sri Lanka:|
The Gardens were initially established in the 14th century by King Vikrama Bahu III.
The gardens now cover about 360 acres, and contains 4000 species of plants
from all around the world.   It contains a spice garden which provides an introduction
to the long-practiced medicinal science of Ayurveda.
Thanks to the US Geological Service for the map of the earthquake and the resulting tsunami, and to Bruce Wallace at the USGS Information Center for suggesting some interesting web sites.   Check out these sites: