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... could buy weed in town. He subsequently got stoned by himself on the beach, not returning til after midnight, missed the tour and left the next day. Strange fellow..
Final stop in Kerala was Varkala which is a beautiful little place. It is just one cliff and effectively one beach and the usual array of cafes, shops and chill out bars. Although there is a black sand beach as well but it's not big enough for sunbathing. There is more of a bar scene here so ...
... means of viable transport here.
As we were driving through Kerala, we noticed straight away how much more affluent this state is. The homes are much grander with lucious gardens and the homes made out of any combination of palm leaves, plastic sheeting, mud and corregated iron are few and far between. Other notes on Kerala so far; It is very very hot here and there are lots and lots of mosquitos. It seems to be very relaxed way of life in this ...
... south the major external influence was Christian, starting with the Portuguese. Fort Cochin is the oldest European colony in India.
The wealth and Christian influence really show in Fort Cochin, and in Kochi, the city we landed in. The roads are in excellent shape and drivers at least make an effort to stay in the lanes. There is a lot less honking, too. There are a lot of huge cathedrals along the road, and we saw some nativity scenes, and even some Santa figures ...
... different styles of dress and different foods in India. We talked about what holidays each religion celebrates and the children laughed as I wrote the best I could on the chalkboard with chalk. I see why they don't use chalk anymore in the western world, it was flying into the face as I wrote. The young children and teachers write English in very cursive fashion so my block letters and the way I wrote they found funny. Even the teacher was smiling ...
... before we went off to bed!) We did a cooking class with her, learning how to make various amazing tasting dishes including chai tea, chapattis, fish, prawn and tomato curries which we will attempt to replicate for our families when home (probably not to the same standard unfortunately)!
Kerala is all about the Ayurvedic treatments- Indian herbal medicine and holistic healing so we had massages and ...