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... and then they don’t have 10 Rupee change. I usually try and get the change, then I realize it’s about 15 cents USD and laugh, wish them a good day and consider it a tip. It’s just not worth getting yourself in a twist.
I got duped many times in the beginning couple of weeks. I felt some kind of moral obligation and didn’t have the willpower to turn them down. I argued about price, but eventually got worn down so I’d take their offer. ...
... oxide plus water equals calcium hydroxide. That's our chemistry lesson over for today. It stinks. Apparently the lime powder has all sorts of fascinating uses including pharmaceuticals, agriculture and building.
Our next stop is at a coir rope making place. This is a cottage industry where the women work from home. First they collect the coconuts and remove the nut for eating. At this stage the fibres in the husks are not strong enough so they soak the fibres in ...
... comfy! Maybe David Beckham was a bit hasty in trying to bring sarongs to the UK in the 90s, are we ready now??
Off the boat after the second night, this time we had to climb through even more boats to reach the dock, a bit weird traipsing through 4 other boats with your pack on, over small planks and jumping between the hulls. Try not to fall in or lose a shoe!
Bus stand found; next stop ...
... as one monkey got aggressive while being allowed to sit on his head!!
Very touristy, mostly Indian tourists that is, we lined up to pay 200 Rs each (about $4.80) at one line-up, then discovered we could have paid 40 Rs (less than $1) had we gone to the other line-up!! A-ha!! They got us again. But although most of the people on our boat were a ...
... one more time. Some Indians were enjoying the views and merely touching the water but not bathing. We found one nice hotel facing the sea where we stopped and enjoyed the scene as some fishermen were pulling the boats out of the water.
Next day we did a ride on a boat along fresh water rivers observing the houses, the people and their daily routines surrounded with that magnificence setup made of green palms and coconut’s ...