Holidays are FUN!
Trip Start Jul 19, 2005
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so, briefly, we travelled from ambilikkai 4hours on the bus to coimbatore where we stayed a night before getting on the train to goa. actually the whole train thing was a bit random, someone promised to book us tickets (you have to book in advance here, or else travel in 3rd class, which is not limited how many tickets they sell, just as many people as want them...you'd be amazed how many people can fit into a train carriage...) but they didnt, so we were a bit gutted, but then someone else, a friend of a friend who knew someone else's friend (you get the picture...) managed to book us some in AC sleeper class - a luxurious 14 hour journey, where we were provided with bunk beds, sheets and blankets! ANYWAY - so we got to goa, palolem beach to be precise and it was loveley! quite touristy, but this was good in the sense that there was loads of friendly travellers to talk to, you could wear shorts without feeling you were polluting india (or being stared at constantly) and the food was amazing! we stayed in a little coconut palm hut on stilts right on the beach! it rained nearly every day, but only in short patches, when we swam, and then in the sunny bits we got dried off and BROWN! yes, really, i'm a little bit brown!
dont really want to talk about everything we did coz you'd just get bored, or really jealous so some highlights...
unusual experiences on this trip -
1. watching an english lady in a purple bikini playing frisbee on the beach surrounded by cows (there was loads of dogs and cows on the beach mingling with the holiday makers)
2. went night swimming in the sea with 2 guys we'd met the day before one hour before we left to catch our 1 a.m. train to kerala. we had a big converstaion about sharks first.
3. sat on some rocks high above the beach and watched a storm coming in over the sea, sat there while the wind and rain battered me, and then watched the clouds clear and the sun come out.
4. went to a deserted beach nearby with kirsty and the only other people on the beach were a bunch of guys that come from the next village to her in dorset, and turned round and asked 'are you kirsty dennis?' weird.
5. went on a small half bus in goa that said 'standing 11 people' on the wall, and counted at least 36 standing! smelled 36 different types of BO at once!
6. ordered a massive tandoori kingfish caught fresh from the sea, it was so good! they bring them round on a platter first and you choose which one you want!
7. at a book stall in the station in coimbatore, noticed they had at least 6 copies of 'mein kampf' (by a. hitler) for sale, in 2 different editions. why? why? why?
8. thought there was a fly crawling on my arm when i was half asleep in the train station waiting for our 1 am train which was 2 hours delayed, and opened my eyes eventually to see it was a mahoosive cockroach!
9. went to have a 'half body massage' yesterday, which i thought would mean back and shoulders...turned out to be a little more thorough than that though! was kinda nice, but rather surprising and not a little embarrassing. it was when the masseur said to me "remove everything" when i first walked in that i should have run far far away! (it was a lady)
that's only a few, but you get the picture! ill try and put some pictures up too, gotta make the most of kirsty's camera as she's leaving in less than a week now! we travelled down to cochin two nights ago now, and its a really nice place, an island town just off the coast of kerala, with a really lovely laid back feel to it. last night we went to see a performance of the traditional dance, kathakali, which was insane - really theatrical and passionate. the make up before hand takes an hour, and you get to watch that as well!
ok, better stop here for now, tomorrow early we are heading to a friend's house about 4 hours by bus from here, where we are hoping to go and watch some boat races. then maybe do a backwater cruise on a boat, and then to trivandrum to put dennis on the plane! nooooooooo! by the way, for those of you who have grown fond of him, bob has lost a lot of weight since sri lanka, which really is a good thing, travelling is so much more pleasant now, and the vertebrae in my back dont click loudly when i carry him any more, which is nice for me! we have named all our bags now, so we have a whole family, no actually, 2 middle aged american couples travelling with us - bob and jan, and mac and annie, but i dont really think any of you know what i'm chatting on about any more, so ill shut up!