Fort Cochin’s famous Chinese fishing nets.
We decided to make the most of boat trips whilst in Kerala so on our first afternoon in Alleppy, we hired a small boat and cruised through villages stopping off at the local brewery to try the Palm home brew. We then hired a house boat with these three lovelies; Roy, Susanne & Bernie which was amazing! We spent the day eating beautiful home cooked food by our chef on board and taking in the stunning scenery. By night we had all gotten to know each other better over a few beers, our chef was a big fan of shooting rum and after about 5 he decided he wanted to teach us the traditional Keralan dance whereby we basically circled Susanne and sporadically touched her chin. Each to their own.
We loved the back waters so much that when it came to heading down south we decided to take the eight hour ferry which was a brilliant way to end our few days on the water.
We decided to spend our last few days in India in the same way we spent our first – on the beach! So we headed to Varkalar and did little other than sun worship and eat seafood.
India has definitely been character building. Every day of the past three months I have felt angry, frustrated and sad but at the same time excited, in awe and thankful. It’s bipolar. India has a way of exposing all your bad points and makes you problem solve and stay calm in situations where you just want to give up and get on the next flight home. We started to call the daily challenge ‘being India’d’. It would give as quickly as it took so if we started the day on a high we would dread the afternoon because we knew some sort of crazy situation was going to occur. I preferred days that started off with a low because you could semi relax in the hope that we wouldn’t get India’d twice. Even though I found it incredibly difficult particularly being a woman, I’m not sure I will ever visit anywhere as colourful, exciting and unpredictable.
Bye bye India! Until text time (maybe!)