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... After all Kerala is one of the wealthiest states in india. We managed to find a simple restaurant to get some food as we were starving, but then we finally managed to get into that local restaurant which we tried to get into for a couple of days, but it was closed for different reasons. This place looked more like somebody's front yard with some chairs and tables and as we arrived we were given different types of fried fish, king prawns - all in dry spices ...
... to canvass my (our) thoughts of the 4 weeks that we had in India. Once he was aware that the score was going to be somewhere in the vicinity of A+++, he was very excited. At dinner later in the evening, we met his extended family. They offered us some specially prepared foods. The tapioca dish (which is eaten as a main meal) was very nice indeed. This gentleman's ...
... But in the village where we spent the night, loud speakers were strung in the palm trees and a man's ceaseless, droning voice rang out across the river. It was the same red marquee and group of tired-looking, white-suited men that we'd seen dotted throughout Kerala. So far we'd only managed to get vague explanations of what it was all about; people would just shrug and say 'there is an election soon'. We read in the papers later that it was a hunger ...
... to take, and we understand that these are responsible for most of the pollution of the Kerala backwaters. There are now over 1,000 houseboats on the backwaters, and in the last 5-10 years, the waters have become too polluted to drink, which is a real shame for the area.
Our next stop is Kollam, but we will save that for our next entry.
Lots of love to everyone at home
Lyndsey & Martin
... the gym in the mornings we sit and chat and plan. She's been in that little Hut no.3 for almost 2months now watching the world go by. She has no family so just enjoys travelling and people watching. The day we left was the day she finally left to go to Bangalore (I think). Goa shuts up around now 'end of season'. They all close down 1 by 1 then rip everything up, pull out all the huts, restaurants, bars, temp shops before the monsoon season starts. Turns out they only get a ...