A small world

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
Trip End Dec 25, 2013

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Saturday, November 2, 2013

A leisurely breakfast yesterday sat out on a first floor balcony watching four ferangis negotiate the hire of some motorbikes. A couple of scooters a Baja Pulsar and 350 Enfield. They didn't look like well seasoned bikers and my suspicions were confirmed during the Enfield starting procedure and subsequent stalling before an unintentional wheelie and kangaroo motion by the baja rider as he wobbled off down the road. The expression on the face of the chap who obviously owned all the bikes was a picture - it had accident written all over it.

Anyway, they were back at the central square as I got back to my bike and they all had a bemused - almost terrified look on their faces - I guess their initial ride didn't go quite to plan.

As I was leaving I bumped into a girl I'd met at the cross dressing bar the previous evening and as we were both heading to the spice market I offered her a lift. Turns out that she might leave Londinium soon as she's applied for a job in Bristol. When asked where - her reply (in her direct north east accent) was 'in the middle of b*** ***k nowhere'. Turns out Chilcompton - my village!
I can't imagine a young - currently London based lawyer - residing and working in 'the village' but all I say is - if she gets the job - watch out Chilcompton!

Anyway, today was relaxed with a leisurely breakfast to start before a visit to the Dutch palace. It  was 5 rupees to enter and was one of the best exhibits I've ever seen in India. 500 year old artwork painted on the walls and all laid out in a similar way to a UK museum. It was really good.

From one of the rooms containing the exhibits I looked out the window onto a man made pool that was probably 2 to 300 years old. This walled pond obviously contained fish and I was staggered by the amount of kingfishers that were swooping down and feeding. I've never seen so many.

On investigating the pond later I saw an elderly man being 'cleaned' by these little fish  and also a rather large terrapin bobbing around. Anyway, having seen a similar thing at a mall in London, and this clearly being free - I popped my tootsies in. What a strange feeling indeed having your feet cleaned by tiny fish. Bizarre indeed but I kept thinking about a chap at work years back who said that I'd never be happy until I'd encountered one of those 'japs eye' fishes on my travels. I resisted the urge to get naked and immerse myself fully just in case the mighty candiru might have been lurking - just waiting for me  ;-)

 I'm not sure if I'll be leaving tomorrow as it's Diwali and am uncertain if the ferry will be running. The state of kerala is famous for its inland waterways and I'm hoping to do a little bit of river hopping on my way up the coast so I might just leave on Monday. The good news though is that I'm now back to travelling a little lighter as Christie is kindly dropping off some of my excess luggage in Delhi on her way home - result! 

Ok, time to get my brolly out and go out for some food - it's pouring down outside!

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