Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sugar Time Traveller


This morning the Time Traveller joined the work crew harvesting sugar cane behind our flat. He learned all the steps and informs that the tool used to cut the cane is actually a small adz and the green leafy tips of the plant are snapped off and set aside to be used for animal fodder. Nothing beats first-hand experience.


The men carry about 30 kg (60 lbs) up a wobbly ladder to load the cut cane onto the wagon. It looked easy but experience has set us right -- it's not!


The morning break restores strength with baladi (country-style) tea for which the tea leaves are stewed over a fire and heaps of sugar are added.

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