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... traffic in India was not nearly as bad as I envisioned it to be. Anyway, the bus that we were on was a very nice bus and only about a year old. The seats reclined very far back and I was in a row that had no one behind me so I was able to recline my seat fully. I fell asleep and woke up when we reached a rest stop. I asked someone the time and it turns out that I had been asleep for almost 2 hours! Once back on the bus, I fell asleep again and woke up only about 5 minutes before ...
... are not allowed inside the palace which has the some of the most beautifully carved timber beams and decoration I have ever seen, some are from the 12th century. When we get to the throne room he declares he will not need a crown as that is not practical today but he quite likes the look of the gold belt, and if I like he will let me have the rings as he has no need for such things. It was nice to have someone to have a laugh with for the day, and I wish him well on his mission to ...
... has dropped to 50 - 60 because most parents want to send their children to private schools where the instruction is given in English. The government has been trying to entice more kids back to the public school by offering free lunches. But the parents are willing to pay 3000 rupees per quarter or more for private schools because they believe that English will give their children a leg up in life. We spent the afternoon on a houseboat traveling through the rivers ...
... out of Alleppey, most huge with engines and AC and have been big business since 1990. They race down the wider waterways, as the smaller canals are too narrow, all following a similar route, including a turn round the lake ...
Fortunately, barges are not the only way to get about. One day we took the public ...
... on the water , thousands of them , parting for the boats that passed by. I have never seen anything like it , it was brilliant. Hopefully our pictures will do it justice.
Di was struggling with the mozzies by the time we got back , she had covered herself with the towels on the boat , I had covered myself in mozzie repellent , its the only way .
It was a great afternoon and we got back just after sunset.