One Cup of Tea

One of my favorite parts of the trip was a two-day trek through the tea plantations in central Sri Lanka. The country is famous for tea (they export 97% of what they harvest) and the industry is a huge part of the economy here. The tea pluckers are almost exclusively women, and the men tend to do the pruning to keep the tea bushes at the appropriate height. As we trekked up and down these rocky slopes, we were astonished to see many of the women working barefoot. Our first day was a 9.5 mile hike, and the second day was 8.5, so we covered some distance and some elevation- but we did it with shoes.

 

We also toured a tea factory, which was cool but I’ve already forgotten a lot of what we learned. A quick google will take care of you if you’re interested in the process.

 

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