Very laid back in Varkala
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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Liz and Issy did another great piece of negotiation to get a thumping deal at Preeth Resort where we had two en-suite rooms for £6 each per night. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool and covered restaurant which has also served as a schoolroom and shelter from the rain.
This year the second monsoon has been late in coming, possibly due to the El Nino effect, and we have had the full impact here with torrential rain coming down like stair rods for a few hours at a time
We have spent the time in Varkala relaxing as it is our first long break from travelling. It is only when you stop moving around that you realise how much effort you need to put in to being continually on the move, visiting temples and forts, arriving in new towns and packing and unpacking, searching out rooms to stay in on a daily basis. Don’t worry I don’t expect any sympathy vote on this one either!
We have eaten stupendously well and cheaply with local fish being the speciality cooked in a tandoori oven all washed down with one or two Kingfisher beers shared with some other guys, Helen, Jo and David from the UK, that we have met whilst here
Issy and Ady have enjoyed the freedom to wander around, go for a swim in the pool and at times have even accepted to do some school work! They have twice been to a local coffee shop, run by Les from London, to make cakes for him to sell. They were up at 7.20 to get down there before the customers start arriving and made a coconut cake which is sort of baked in an old saucepan in an old sort of oven. Unfortunately this means that the bottom of the cake burns but you simply need to scrape the burnt crust off and pretend nothing happened (just like my normal cooking!). Les also serves the best cafe latte here which mum and dad are happy about.
It is a very safe place and Liz and I benefitted from this by leaving the kids to organise room service in front of a DVD whilst we managed to eat out and spend some time together
The staff at the hotel have been great and Ady got a kick around with them organised around various locations around including by the pool which resulted in a few fully clothed dunks.
Liz and I have also been going to yoga at 8am each day. The yoga is not the energetic type but Hatha, a more stretching and meditation method which has provided a wonderful start to the day. My suppleness, or rather lack of it, has been gently pushed to the limits and we have both enjoyed the clear start this provides before we tackle the rigours of deciding if it is pool or beach today.
We are due to leave India tomorrow, 17th November and it has been a tremendous start to our learning adventure. At times it has been the most frustrating and terrible place on earth, but most of the time it is simply amazing, inspiring and a true positive experience in every sense. We are pleased we started in India as there has been so much to see and for the kids the massive gulf in cultures has provided a tremendous learning platform for them.