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Backpacking through India on a budget has lead to the strange situation where in some places seeing other tourists turns into a novelty. We use local government public transport, stay in budget guesthouses and walk walk walk. At times in Kerala, apart from a couple of fellow backpackers, our only glimpses of other western tourists has been of their huge air conditioned tour buses blasting past or their chauffeur driven jeeps, faces plastered to the window staring in awe ...
... a restaurant called Raviz in Kollam.
It is a great place with a traditional architecture and well-maintained premises. The food was good and the service was excellent. They were located on the banks of the backwaters and we got to go down to the waters edge and walk along the side where many a houseboat was anchored.
Tim and my friends son were excited to see a dancing elephant ...
... highness', he quickly became...Your Royal Hianus) asked me to stand up to guess my age.....wow.... There was lots of laughing, lots mint tea and no alcohol at all ( that's our fourth sober night in a row, this may be a new Naomi and Kat record!) Sonu asked if we wanted to see the town in the morning, as he knew someone with a car (Hianus!), we agreed to meet him at 10am. Third yes. Just before we got to meeting them, I realised I never asked if it ...
... breeze, the sun was just to strong and hot to actually be on the beach after 10am or before 4pm (yes, even for Claudia ;-)). But of course a swim in the sea offered a great refreshment - and workout! The beaches here are infamous for their strong currents and large waves - and yes, it was so much fun throwing ourselves into the 2m waves and 'battling' the forces of nature. We got whirled around and smashed down over and over and felt at times like in a huge washing machine - ...
... car is surrounded by women as the old lady, sweeping the yard was Leela's Aunty Radha, and all her cousins are visiting the house! So we get ushered inside, and let me tell you, the Indian part of the family can talk as much as the UK family! So her Aunty whips out a picture of her dad and anyway see family photo!! Well what a day! Sreejith was a hero and the hotel were great about is turning up three hours later than we should have...anyway what a bloody ...