Getting Our Tea On

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Wednesday, May 2 – Kolkata/Darjeeling

Now that I’m slightly more well-versed on India (just slightly, mind you), I’ve nixed calling it “Calcutta”, and have been calling it Kolkata, the way it is written/pronounced here.

(Why are we taught such altered versions of the names of places?  Does anyone know?  Even WordPress spell-check flagged “Kolkata” as incorrect, but not “Calcutta”.  Although we call the city where we live “Bangkok”, it’s actually “Krungtheep” in Thai.  We’re all over the place, us English-speaking travelers.  Excuse me.  Back to Kolkata.)

Today we are spending the day in Kolkata as a stop-over on our way to the part of the trip that I have been most looking foward to!  Three nights on a Tea Estate in Darjeeling!  We are taking an overnight train up, up, up high into the mountains.  I’ll check in once we get there!

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