Friday, March 18
|Talk about something for everyone.|
Saturday, March 19
|It's like everywhere I travel, you can get a camel ride.|
Sunday, March 20
In the morning we took some rickshaws over to the dock and boarded our houseboat, Coco Houseboats. The owner, Swinton, joined us onboard and chatted for a while about houseboats, his arranged marriage, etc. while the staff - Joseph, Anish and S-something - got everything ready. The boat was nice and big if a bit rundown. We spent the day cruising through the backwaters and watching the fishermen and village life. Lunch was a delicious thali with fish and served on banana leaves that Joseph cut down from banana trees along the shore. We also visited an old church and a carving workshop where 3 generations have been carving wooden statues for churches around the world. Russ bought a cool bowl and Dave a cute elephant carving. More Indian food for dinner and then we watched The Kings Speech - it was really good.
Monday, March 21
After breakfast (eggs, coconut pancakes), the boat dropped us off at Bamboostix and we said goodbye to Maggie who was taking the bus down south to stay at an ashram. The resort is on an island in the backwaters near Alleppy and is built as a multi-level, open air resort with catwalks connecting the rooms, everything made from bamboo and metal. A very fun and relaxing place. We had lunch (salad!!! Ice!!! They use bottled water for everything) and then took a long walk around the island. We stopped to hang out and take photos with some girls who were giggling and whispering like crazy and appeared to be scared of me, and to play cricket with a few little boys. Later, we had pizza and pasta, and crab masala for dinner and hung out drinking delicious cocktails made with fresh fruit (and ice!).
Tuesday, March 22
|Chopping onions. |
Pretty much all we were allowed to do.
We hung out at the resort in the morning and enjoyed their delicious eggs and homemade bread for breakfast. We took a canoe out in the afternoon. We were hoping to make it into the narrow backwaters but the wind was really strong and even though we paddled for an hour and a half we never made it. We did (or at least Dave did) enjoy playing chicken with the houseboats. That evening we did a cooking class and learned the different dishes for a Kerala thali- Kerala dal, a coconut cabbage dish, a sweet pineapple curry, and okra (which they call ladyfingers). We also made masala chai and, for dessert, pyacin, a rice pudding like dish but made with rice noodles instead. It was really fun to learn what is in the dishes we've been eating, even if we mostly just chopped veggies and then watched the cook prepare the food. Then everyone at the hotel ate what we prepared and we all hung out until late in the night.
Wednesday, March 23
Thursday, March 24