Thapovan Heritage Home
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... a bikini body.... Well I looked around and most of the women wearing them also did not have a bikini body and they didn't seem to care, so its time for me to stop caring too!
I was pretty knackered by day three... there was a treatment where stream of oil was flowing over my forehead while the rest of my body was in a herbal mask type thing. Day four I had another herb-bag pounding and then a ring of dough type material was placed onto my back with ...
... mimic very closely the old versions). And some of the men now wear contemporary short sleeve shirts. According to Deb, these seen to be the only recent concessions to modernity.
As we walked down the beach watching the activities, we spied a group of 8 or 10 men attempting to haul a lager boat, perhaps 22 feet long and 5 feet wide, up onto the beach. They spied us as well, and beckoned the other man in our group and me to help. We joined in ...
... us along for some of the outings. We went to NISH, the National Institute for Speech and Hearing, where we got a tour by some of the older students. They taught us the alphabet in Indian Sign Language (which is very different from American Sign Language) and had us stand up in front of everyone and spell out our names and say where we were from. It was a beautiful school doing lots of amazing work. They have children from infants to college age. They have ...
... furnished with a rough kitchen area. However we couldn't’ explore it very thoroughly because my poor, sleep deprived parents were being accosted by four men demanding money. Oh India! They seemed to be asking for tips or something and my parents initially started to oblige till I shook my head at them. India does not have a tipping culture but of course they’ll ask for tips from tired and reasonably wealthy older travelers. Vinh and I had not been asked for a tip ...
... was in Budapest - Kaz and Joe will know what I mean - but it was a small well conceived and laid out zoo with massive enclosures for all the animals. We saw a cobra, who suddenly seemed to spring up and stare at us and really freaked us out. Also we saw some beautiful looking jaguars and jungle cats and watched the deers enjoy dinner of leaves and grain. Tomorrow we grab a flight to Mumbai for our last few days in India.