Today we are in Mallabarapurum - 2 hours up the coast from Pondicherry (where the boy was from in Life of Pi), doing what everyone should on holiday: lazing by the pool catching a few rays. Yes, here we can actually wear bikinis and walk around in our sarongs! And we found fellow westerners! Unfortunately, I have third degree burns from laying on the beach yesterday (yes I know mum!) so am keeping covered up. I was also struck down by a hideous rash and so am on anti-histimines, but this means I get time off work so I think it is a fair trade. Visiting the doctor cost 50 rupees (about 60p) so I must make sure to file that insurance claim ASAP. Having not undertaken any physical activity for 4 weeks, I am instead mentally preparing for climbing mount kinabalu in a week and a half.