Heading North to Gokarna beach
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
28Trip End Apr 19, 2008
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During my last day in Varkala, the book had completely vanished from my backpack. I have lost a few stupid things during my trip and remembered where I left them, etc. But I swear, my book disappeared into thin air- and I think it was God's intention. He was like "There's no need to be jealous. You also have the capability to travel without a guide book, and I am going to prove it to you". I now can attest that not having one has been a blessing. It forces you to communicate with others who you normally wouldn't, and only ends up opening up doors and enhancing your experience. Just by asking a cab driver to take me to a nice restaurant in Managlore for breakfast, I ended up meeting an Irish couple who went there b/c it was highly recommended in their Lonely Planet. Of all the restaurants in the city, they couldn't believe that I just stumbled upon it. it was too funny. We ended up spending the afternoon exploring the dumpy city together before catching our connecting trains. It was great!
Unlike most foreigners who come to India, I have yet to experienced any food borne illness, though I had lost some weight at the Ashram. I've managed to gain all the weight back (and maybe then some) since my daily diet consists of delicious fried breads and amazing curries made of fresh coconut cream and whole fat yogurt. Chai and Indian coffee are also so good, but of course they use loads of fresh whole milk in every cup. We eat more gluttonous foods than what the Indians eat, but since I may only be here once in my life, I'm going for it!
India truly is such a place of mysticism... when you think of something (like some stupid thing you need) it will appear before you. It's like you can harness "The Secret" way more powerfully here or something. At breakfast, I'll think "I need to get a good book to read soon, and out of nowhere someone at the table will say "anyone want a good book to read, I just finished a fantastic one?" Then someone will say "I'd love to read a newspaper" and out of nowhere a man will come around selling the Hindi News. Things like this happen all the time to all of us here. It's weird. When I asked why things don't happen as easily for us while we're at home, someone responded by saying "b/c we're just not as open to receiving things when we are home. We're too distracted and miss half the opportunities and blessings in life probably. Interesting thought.