Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
42Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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Not much to report, just another leisurely day, a stroll along the clifftops, a paddle in the sea and an ice cold beer at the beach taverna. What more could you want? Doris is feeling quite settled in Varkala, I think she would like to stay a little longer. She's doing her best to stimulate Varkala's economy and has made quite a few substantial purchases. I wonder what else is going to be jettisoned from her suitcase to make room for her latest buys.
We had no problem deciding where to have dinner tonight, the Sky Lounge was a unanimous decision. Fred was in his element. He took quite some time deliberating over what fish he should choose, and how he should have it cooked. I have been very cautious about eating seafood in India, but because you can see and smell how fresh this fish is, I felt quite confident in eating it. Fred on the other hand has a cast iron gut - nothing seems to upset him
This brings me to something I am at a loss to understand. I don't understand how it can take so long to make a cup of tea or coffee. There have been occasions in so many restaurants when we have waited for up to 1/2hr for these very simple drinks, sometimes it even takes that long to just get a coke. This issue is getting mighty close to making it on my 'list of issues'. There is, however, one thing I have learned in India, and that is, you can't rush an Indian.
Varkala has a lot of Tibetan people living here. Most of the staff at the Sky Lounge, including the cooks, are from Nepal and they are extremely friendly happy people. They also own a lot of the craft shops and as you pass by in the morning they always greet you nicely. There is a lovely vibe to this place, I think we are all going to take away special memories of our stay in Varkala.
Fred seems to make new best friends everywhere he goes. The boys from Sky Lounge all wanted a farewell photo with him, one of the lads just kept hugging him. I think Fred was very moved by their show of affection.