Andy & Stuart: India 2013!
The plane over was exhausting. We had delays in Abu Dhabi and ended up spending new year on the run way. Alas we made a good time out of a boring situation and went on a mission in recruiting a few people into wearing party hats and banners for new years fun. Busted for drinking our own wine mid-flight though we soon found out we could have the airlines for free which we totally abused =) good times!
We landed on indian soil new years day tired and cramped though none of this mattered when we climbed into the taxi for the hours drive north to Varkala. Seeing the Elephant was the best, just plodding along the road like nothing new to the natives, carrying its load and guided by a single guy. Thinking about it, it would be normal here, though surreal to see as an outsider. The whole experience of road crazed drivers, women burning piles of rubbish and incense, men grinding and dying linen in huge concrete wells was all very excitin...g. Though the best was just the warmth and beautiful landscapes of trees and palms and everyone slowly plodding along with their work. Very chilled and extremely welcoming by all. We had several random locals wish us happy new year given roses as gifts as a welcome to india and several handshakes. By far the best welcome I have ever had home and abroad.
The accommodation we arranged for the first few days was, in Andy's words, 'hippy' and while the dorm and communal areas for washing and chilling suited my taste. We certainly made the right choice to seek out a private room and en suit bathroom. The first night started well, the markets and there brilliant colours, the chill out bars and restaurants, the mass of westerners here in Varkala and the best cocktails ever to hit the lips with no sense on alcohol measures being a very good way to get drunk and sleep well. Though India wanted to play rough and I got mayhem. My bum and mouth thought to explode at the same time. The details are self explanatory though suffice to say I was one moaning backpacker and not a pleasant friend to be with though Andy handled it well and taunted me for most of the agony. Though in truth I kind of deserve it, and it was a good way to get his own back after all the facetious comments I've laid on him in the past. All in all, despite the gut ache and sloppy mess our first couple days have been uneventful in terms of exciting local activities but has been a eye opener and a pleasure to see the sun set over the ocean