This post is coming to you from Coonoor! Gopal and I arrived here Thursday, October 23rd. There will be pictures of many things when we get internet installed in our new Coonoor apartment. We move in November 1st! We found a very small, very inexpensive, very basic apartment on the road from Coonoor to Ooty (not very far outside Coonoor). While we wait, plumbers are installing a western toilet and a hot-water heater. Unfortunately, there is not enough water pressure to put in a shower, which I really wanted. AND, there's not even enough pressure to support a hot-water heater in the bathroom!! Our little hot-water heater is going in the kitchen. Sigh. We will definitely be living like our neighbors, which is something we don't mind at all. Our neighbors in our colony are Badaga tribal people and very friendly. I'll post before and after pictures when I can.
The drive up the hill to Coonoor this time was not only the same gorgeous, forested slopes, but this time peppered with waterfalls everywhere we looked. So incredibly beautiful. The downside is that their monsoon has decided to come now, rather than in June/July like it normally would. It had rained for a full month before we arrived, and it is expected to keep raining until mid-December. Ugh. So, the cool weather I longed for is actually pretty cold and very damp. Laundry takes days to dry, ya know? We are having trouble adjusting to cold and damp, particularly Gopal. We bought a heater for the new apartment today. That should help. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
We arrived Thursday, Friday morning was sunny, Saturday and Sunday it rained all day, and today it was sunny and clear all day long. Heaven!