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Travel Blogs from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
... Dobele, people from Germany and Italy. There is one other Canadian here, who's been living in Russia for the past 14 years. People are generally sticking to their friends/partners, so the first days have been quite boring for me. On the 2nd day I walked down to Chowara beach, on the Arabian Sea, quiet, not many people, big waves, fishing boats. Otherwise, I've been doing some yoga, reading, walking in the immediate area and checking ...
... there an extra 30 minutes before it starts! As we don't need to do our chores until later - we are quickly asked of we could help scrub the mould off the temple walls - hummmmmm not sure this is what I signed up for! We get chatting to two of the other newbies scrubbing mould to pass the time. Glina - an Irish solicitor who has just graduated and is visiting friends in India, and a lady called Nova - who just retired from the US military and has been to every battle zone and ...
... to the fire. Then there is more tea, this time its herbal and really nice! Then a lecture for an hour, about loads of things, meditation, diet, general life in the ashram, actually really interesting.
I was surprised about the way people discuss religion here, most people really renounce any kind of organised religion but I do feel like the Ashram is just replacing one institution with another. And there are idols EVERYWHERE.
We did ...
... way to experience a place.
In the evening those who went to the elephant festival went to see some Kathakali dancing at the Varkarla Cultural Centre, as the rest of the group went the night before. Kathakali is unique to the state of Kerala and is a martial art influenced dance drama with intricate face make up and costumes. As part of the experience we could go an hour before the performance time and watch them put on their make-up ...
... so we can head to Kollam for our backwater house boat adventure. The auto-rickshaw is made for two but the driver had no issue putting his motor to the test and stressing it by having us and our bags (60-70 pounds each) in while driving uphill. We got Trivandrum for our first train ride (cheapest travel method) to move through India. It felt great knowing we were saving money. We had an hour to spend before departure and felt a little hungry, so ...
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