|Lotus opening up on Vembanadu Lake|
To round out our six weeks in India we splurged at Bamboo Stix Island Resort. For $44.20 a night we got a sweet room with stunning views of Vembanadu Lake, fun interactions with local people, nights at the bar with the fun and friendly guests, and a total bug infestation (like tons of bugs even inside our mosquito net) only 1 of our 3 nights. Welcome to India.
The fun began with long walks on the
We also made friends with some young cricketers along the way who taught us the basics of the game, and reminded us that sometimes just a plank of wood and rubber ball is all one needs. And maybe some more lessons.
|Here we are, flowers in our hair, posing in front of a|
coconut tree with a political ad for the communist mayor of Alleppey.
The fun continued with “cooking lessons” or as I liked to call it, the Cut Sweeni’s Veggies class. We did watch as he prepared the many, many dishes of our delicious thali, so we now know that Keralan food includes an alarming amount of coconut oil (yes, the very same coconut oil in one’s healthy movie theater popcorn) and is by and large all prepared in the same way:
1) Get coconut oil really hot
2) Fry up the desired spice mix (i.e. veg curry, okra and onion, chicken curry, pineapple curry, whatever)
3) Add meat/veg/fruit (whatever) and continue to sauté
4) Make it even healthier by adding a significant amount of coconut milk
5) Mix everything around and serve.
We also watched Sweeni make kheer – delicious rice pudding. I love rice pudding.
|Dave, Jesse, and Russ with Sweeny (our chef), his wife, and his waiter.|
|But how much sweeter does it taste when you have made it (and are eating it) with your own hands?|
To get a bit more backwater action we shared a small boat to take us through “the tightest and most scenic canals. “ And while the canals looked substantially like the canals we drove around in all day on our houseboat it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
|Sitting on the small boat, watching the backwaters go by.|
|Our canoe on the Lotus tour|
|A bird lotus tour.|
|Lotus in green|
|Plenty of lotus photos|
|One last lotus|
It was a good end to our time in India. Later that day we struggled with all methods of Indian transportation. Taxi boats to tuk-tuks, to public buses, to private buses, to airplanes, we eventually landed in the glint and gleam of the Bangkok airport. What a journey!