Half way through the project
Trip Start Jan 06, 2006
18Trip End Mar 28, 2006
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We are half way through the project and it is surprising how much we have accomplished considering we have only worked 5 mornings
Earlier this week we visited a sari weaving cooperative, mat weaving village and a pottery. All were local and quite amazing really. ALthough everything is hand made and well done, and beautiful and it's all so cheap. We all bought a sari of course! In the evening we had a crash course in how to wear a sari. It's not as easy as it looks. All the indian women - even the ones who work in the rice fields look so elegant and colourful.
Yesterday afternoon, we visited the Manimathur waterfall expecting to be able to go underneath it. Unfortunately due to lots of rain in the last week, it was too strong so we couldn't. It was very picturesque and hilly as we were in the foothills of the Western Ghats. There was a down side to it though. The waterfall area is also home to hundreds of macaque monkeys. Here they are considered vermin and now i know why! They are very precocious and will try and steal your bag. In fact they freaked me out a bit and i was glad to get back on the bus
I have also taken one lesson of conversational english which was fun. I was quite nervous to begin with but it eased off. I had 14 girls from the engineering college. Once the ice was broken and they became more confident the questions began to flow! some of them are very funny and quite endearing: How do you eat and hold a knife a fork? Why do foreigners sun-bath (it took me a while to work out what she meant!)? How do we wash our clothes? Did i have an arranged marriage? The girls and boys sit on seperate sides of the classroom and the boy will get suspended if he is seen talking to a girl. The girl gets a warning and has to write a letter of apology. Doesn't seem fair for the boy! Apparently this happens often. I asked them if they were going to have an arranged marriage to which they all said yes and they were quite happy with this. Even the Christians have arranged marriages.
Will write again after the weekend. LOL XXX