Varkala – where the livin’ is easy
Upon arriving, I got assaulted with requests to stay in various hotels and so it was pretty easy to find a place to stay. I could have probably even gotten a better deal, but the room is nice enough. And then I went to walk the strip — basically a long path of restaurants all with their fish out on display. basically — you can pick out what you want cooked. There were the usual assortment of crabs, prawns, fish of varying sizes. One place had a butter fish that was probably 3 feet long and huge!
I tried to find some southern indian food (as I figure I don’t need to have pizza here, since the pizza I can get at home is really good and I can’t get southern indian food at home!) — but I could not find a place that had any. All of the places have very touristy menus — food from home (Russian, Swedish, Continental, etc.) — which was kind of a bummer for me. I am going to have to go search out a place — though town (the real town, not the tourist central) is a few km away.
this morning, i got up early and went down to the beach for a run. There were a few other men running, some swimming and bathing and then some folks playing soccer. I did my workout (sprints on the beach, barefoot — pretty awesome!) and got schooled by an old guy out there running — he was running back and forth on the short section of beach — and wanted me to join him — i tried to tell him I was doing sprints and then when i sprinted by him, he started to sprint too — and totally kicked my ass. But, he invited me to come running with him tomorrow morning. Then I got invited to join in on a pick-up game of soccer — a little 3 on 3. It was super fun though I actually have no idea how to play soccer… and i have no aim. But, I decided that if I can start each day with 45-60 minutes of exercise and playing (preferably on the beach) every day followed by coffee overlooking the ocean…. that would work for me.
Funny enough — when I went for breakfast — the couple next to me asked if I had been trekking up in the everest base camp area. Turns out Katherine and I spoke to them up there (though, honestly, i have no memory of meeting them!) — but it was fun to talk about our adventures since then.
I went for a walk , got yelled at for taking a picture in a temple (there were no signs and the last temple I was at, I could take pictures! eek!), and then walked back on the beach — all the euros are wearing super tight and SMALL bathing suits… including the two girls jogging on the beach in their bikinis…. i guess the whole advice thing to be culturally appropriate in dress doesn’t apply to the euros in their bathing wear…. (though…. i sort of wish it did with some of them! 🙂
My good friend was here for two months and I can see how people would get ‘stuck’ here — the living is easy… I am sitting at a juice bar, there is good coffee, i had fresh fruit salad, there is wifi. All I could think this morning was…. it is a monday morning (sorry to all of you teacher friends — i am not trying to rub it in!)
Ok — i am off — maybe to eat some more, maybe to read, we shall see.
here are a few pictures from kochi (the weather hasn’t been good for photos — lots of rain the past few days!)