Mountain Peaks and Afternoon Tea - Fujian Province, China
First of all, it was a mistake to try to call my last blog isolated. This place, we were driven 2 hours up a mountain with zig zags and detours only to find that our host was not present. Mom was then communicating with her sister. But the sister was not there and her Chinese father was then our 'host' instead. Hmm not impressed. Not only that, we didn't even have any access to explore the tea leaves and to watch the true plantation process.
We were basically abandoned on the mountain top with flies, bugs and a spider filled bathroom that was 3 hours away from my room. It was less than a basic house. We were living in a shed. Stocked with mosquito nets and stiff thick blanketed beds. Oh yeah and Eli found a spider approximately the size of your entire hand. Go on try looking and your hand and gulping in disgust and fear. The creature was hairy. Mother booked for 5 days but we ended up staying for 2 instead. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
The man who's name was "Appoof" -hahaha- gave us so many servings of bitter tea throughout the day because there wasn't much to do. WiFi didn't connect so we couldn't contact with the host to leave early. It didn't bother me much because,, China had Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and all of Google blocked already. My device is run by Google so i could only go on Pinterest. Ya i know right, poor Emma Der. Since we drank so much tea it had to eventually, ahem, drained right? But during the night, he bared the doors with this big bar that wouldn't move until you flip this secret switch in the wood. And once you exited the building, you had to walk to the edge of the building to a separate room for the bathroom entrance. Then walk back, bar the door and continue to cringe at all the creaking of wood with every step you take. There was so many bugs and mosquitoes. It was like camping. Only less comfortable...and Joyelle wasn't with me.
We didn't do much at this place. We walked around...drank tea...went pee... And were very happy to leave. Although the host cooked us good food and i can always appreciate that.
Well i don't have much more to write about on this tea mountain but the photos we took weren't that bad. After we stayed here we arrived to the nearest big city and tried (with little success) to search for our hotel. Dad had a ginormous headache, we were all hungry and tired and our hotel took around 2 hours to find. But, it was worth it. Street food surrounded our hotel, the beds felt like you were literally floating in clouds and we were relieved to be back in a comfortable hotel.
Unfortunately, all good things would need to end. And the upcoming 24 hours were probably one of the most local and uncomfortable experiences of my lifetime...
Stay Tuned. (Only if i can catch up to that.)