Pongal in Pondicherry - our last day in India
Trip Start Dec 11, 2011
36Trip End Feb 27, 2012
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The best part was the "boutique" where we both managed to put a little bit of heat into the plastic - and needless to say, our next stop was the post office in order to lighten our load and allow space for our new purchases! Next on the agenda was a fishing village, with wonderfully coloured boats moored on the sand
Our final stop was to the Manakula Vinayagar Temple where we could not visit until after 4pm as the temple elephant, Lakshmi, does not return from her lunch break until then. She is amazing and so regal and when you pass by her, offer her a rupee or some grass, she takes it from you with her trunk and then blesses you by tapping the top of your head.
Having nearly missed our previous night's curfew of 10.00 pm, we accepted Detta's kind invitation to have dinner in her home. What we don't know about Ashrams now ain't worth knowing - although we have managed not to actually step inside one!Our last day in India (17th Jan) has arrived far too quickly.
We can't believe it. Positioning ourselves in our usual cafe (where they had an espresso machine!) we had an admin day sorting out our onward journey through Vietnam and catching up on e-mails.
A mixture of sadness, excitement and nervousness. We have truly lived southern India and have absolutely loved our five weeks here.Without wishing to dwell on it, we wanted to note down our list of what we will miss most and of course those things that we will really be happy to leave behind...
Luxury alcohol tax/dry state of Tamil Nadu
Being forcefed at the homestays
Bartering (for Ems)
We'll miss you...
Tuk Tuks and Tuk Tuk tours
Pooppally's Homestay - Joseph and Cecily
Bartering (for Kitty)
Cows and Goats on every street corner
Sadly we did not get to see a Pongal cow before our departure to Chennai, but Anthony nearly reduced us to tears when he rang to wish us bon voyage.