Life has finally returned to normal post vacations. After Aakash and I finished our Kerala trip, I went to Darjeeling and Sikkim for a few days with some friends. It was great, but I'll tell you about it another time. Today I want to tell you about Kerala.
The boat had three crew members who cooked and drove. For every meal, we would park outside some beautiful rice field or other exquisite view. After eating, we could walk around the neighborhood we parked at. I enjoyed exploring the path, houses, and people doing daily chores and tasks. In the evening, we joined a large convoy of houseboats and headed to a small town to park outside the house of one of the crew members. It was an incredible area because the main road was a river lined with houses and a small walking path. We explored the path both ways and, in addition to passing numerous houses and fields, we also passed a few schools and shops.
The backwaters were incredible. I particularly loved lying in the sun and looking at all the other boats and people passing us. Each boat was different and there were so many local fishermen and people to watch and wave at. We also took an hour canoe ride, which was nice because it gave us a different perspective and we were able to go into smaller channels. Very cool.
Next, we drove four hours to Munnar, a popular tourist place in the mountains on the Tamil Nadu boarder. We had the good fortune of having the absolute best driver. Aakash sat in the front the whole way practicing his Hindi, and we stopped at some really incredible sites on the way, including some workers in a coffee field, and a huge dam, which was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Munnar was the perfect end to our Kerala trip. We stayed there for three nights before flying out of Kochi.
Anyways, I'm back to work now and Aakash is at a lesson. I hope this email finds you well and I hope to hear from you soon.