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... in skills were of equal worth.
Alia, who is one little determined lady, had decided that she wanted to go ice skating like Peppa Pig apparently does in one of the films. And luckily there was an artificial ice rink in the village, so we went there to give it a go. We put on our skates and strapped on all the safety equipment and off we went. Well, actually we staggered around the edge and after one round Alia decided that that was enough. The artificial ice was so slippery ...
... to the little town I stayed in was stunningly beautiful. We climbed about 2500ft with views down into sheer green valleys covered with pine and gum trees.My accommodation was exceptionally cheap but ...
I spent one night at Amma's ashram, home of the famous hugging saint. Amma has hugged over 2 million people in her lifetime and is believed by her worshippers to be a goddess in human form. Photography is not allowed at the ashram, but the hugging saint was there in full swing. The evening began with a darshan in which people sang loving praise to the saint in phrases reserved only for deities, and in fact her followers do believe her to be ...
... between North Indian and South Indian. In Britain we eat our popadums at the start of the meal with various pickles. At the Malabar Junction I was surprised to have a small thin slices of popadum (known here as papad) as an accompaniment to a Biryani. I took this to be part of the creativity at that restaurant, but no, I was surprised the next day to be eating with a local and given full size papads he crunched them up with his hand and mixed them with rice.
... average. Our first thought when we arrived was "I would live here".
We left early the next morning for our 5+ hour drive to Munnar which is 180 km west of Kochi. We tried to check out some touristy stuff but most things opened at 10am so we decided to start driving. Once we left the city and villages the scenery became more and more beautiful. The switchback windy roads surrounded by forest and jungle reminded us of ...