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Om Shanti from India/ Om Shanti desde India

…And we are back. I feel we have been in India for a very long time. The lay back attitude, which we were warned: “Take it with humour, otherwise, it will get to you”, it was totally understood upon arrival. Lack of stress, loads of humidity, covered in mosquito repellent and sun protection all day, constant curly hair (surrender to frizzy), The “blow my mind” food. Having a consultation with an Ayurveda doctor, and follow up treatments, feeling like a naked baby, after being rubbed all over with rice pudding as a treatment, Sacks of powder dipped in warm oil. Having done Yoga classes in the beach, in open air studios with local teachers, including in an Ashram, being surrounded by people that live there, for lunch time, and being looked at with amusement, yet kind smiles, because you are the person that doesn’t know how to eat with your hands. Having attended a Pooja ceremony on the beach lead by a local, a trip in a houseboat along the backwaters of Kerala, and being welcomed in different Temples by the smiles of the locals, who want to have pictures taken with you because you are the different one. Dogs on a dance floor, an entire family in a motorbike, and an organised chaos in driving. A kind hearted country.

Our trip started in Mumbai, for two nights, to then fly to Trivandrum Airport in Kerala, to be transferred to Kovalam, for two nights, then move to Poova Island for one night, and then travel to Varkala for a further 7 nights stay, to then come back to Kovalam, for a last night, being closer to Trivandrum airport.

In Mumbai, we hired a car with driver for the whole day, who show you around the city, and we went to the famous Colaba district, Mumbai is busy, busy and busier.

The driver took us around Gandhi house, Taj Hotel, India Gateway, Hanging gardens, Bombai High Court, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the train station, Haji Ali Dargah temple from the outside, Marine Drive, and lastly Chaupati beach. As well as of course, the proud driver showing us around the houses of the famous stars in Bollywood.

…Y estamos de vuelta. Me siento como que hemos estado en India por mucho tiempo. La actitud relajada, que nos advirtieron antes de ir “Tómatelo con humor, o te va a afectar”, se entendio perfectamente al llegar. Falta de estrés, mucha humedad, cubierta de repelente de mosquito y protector solar todo el dia, pelo rizado constante ( ríndete al encrespamiento) la comida que me deja boquiabierta, viniendo de una que en realidad nunca elige un restaurante Indio para salir a cenar ( cosa que va a cambiar). Tener una consulta con un médico de Ayurveda, con los consiguientes tratamientos, sentirse como un bebe desnudo que la rocían con arroz con leche por todo el cuerpo, sacos con hojas empapados en aceite caliente de Ayurveda, hacer yoga en la playa y en estudios al aire libre con profesores locales, incluyendo una clase en un Ashram, e ir a la hora de comer al Ashram, rodeada de gente que vive allí, y que te miran con cara de entretenimiento, y  amables sonrisas, porque tú eres el que no sabe comer con las manos. Atender una ceremonia Pooja en la playa, un viaje en bote por las aguas de los canales, ser bienvenido a Templos con sonrisas de locales que quieren hacerse fotos contigo porque eres diferente. Perros en la pista de baile, una familia entera en una moto,  un organizado caos conduciendo y maletas en el techo del vehículo atadas con cuerdas. Un país con un corazón enorme.

Nuestro  viaje comenzo en Bombai, dos noches, para luego volar a Trivandrum, Kerala, dos noches en Kovalam, una noche en la isla de Poova, y despues hacia Varkala, para pasar 7 noches, vuelta a Kovalam para una noche mas. 

En Bombai, cogimos un taxi todo el día y el conductor nos enseñó la casa de Gandhi , El hotel Taj, India Gateway, Los jardines Hanging , Bombai High Court, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, la estación de tren, Haji Ali Dargah, el templo, desde fuera, Marine Drive, y por último, la playa Chaupati .  y por supuesto todo orgulloso nos enseñó el barrio con las casas de las estrellas de Bollywood.

Two nights at the Leela Kovalam Hotel. Volamos a Kerala, y nos alojamos dos noches en el Leela Kovalam Hotel. 

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Tuk Tuk ride to Kovalam to have dinnerTuk Tuk ride hacia la zona de la playa de Kovalam para cenar…

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Lungui shopping the next day for the guys, in order for them to get into Temples

De compras de Lungui para los chicos para que puedan entrar en los Templos.

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Visit to zoological gardensVisita al Zoo

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Visit to Attukal Temple

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visit to second Temple Padmanabhaswamy

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Hope you like this first part of our trip, more to come, ill keep you posted xxxx

Espero que os haya gustado esta primera parte, estare en contacto. xxx

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