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... India where farming takes place below sea level. Fields and fields of flooded rice paddies. Water buffalo grazing around the edges. We went by small villages, some people and miles and miles of nothing but Palm trees. I've never seen so many Palm trees. We headed down some narrow waterways, trees hitting the sides of the boat and the water completely full of floating hycinths. The propellor got full of them, so we had to stop for a while whilst they were all removed. At 1.30pm ...
... collected and sold. While they are working they make these cooing sounds which tell the other women that they have finished spinning or twisting the coir rope.
Next went to see a Temple elephant who is owned by the Hindi Temple. This elephant is not allowed to mate because this would make him unclean, so he has been in a bad mood and very violent for a few months!! He is only just settling down and they haven't been able to take him out as ...
... We took an auto rickshaw to the beach which was pretty empty but it was so hot we soon retreated to a five star hotel that we had to be security screened to enter but it too was empty. We sat and drank lime soda and wondered why forty or so people were coming to the place for lunch as it was stuck in a very insalubrious neighbourhood. I think we slept in the afternoon. I have to say Roz has taken India rather more in her stride than ...
... towns. The south is full of amazing homes, either in the middle of the jungle or along the waters edge. For a poor country, many people love very comfortably! Sometimes, people in India can be very kind. At one point, on one of my bus rides that evening (there were 3 all together - 5 that day!), I hop off to get some air when a local vendor starts talking to me. He's trying to get me to come have some food or chai at his shop. Maybe I look hungry? I insist I'm fine ...
... and given the nice bathroom and reasonable water pressure, used rather large amounts of shampoo. This excitement quickly ended as the pressure dropped, dwindled and completely stopped. With my hair fully lathered I attempted to use the sink, then that stopped. Kate came in to help and used a bit of spare drinking water, then the bidet. Even after all this my hair was still foamy. It was ok though because we were in comfy room with air con keeping ...