We ended up staying in Ashraf’s homestay in the Muslim district. The bed was too short – a common theme for someone of my ‘massive size’ in India. Ah well – it makes the next good bed seem so much nicer!
BOOM! Awakened the first night at 2:30 am to an explosion of the electrical transformer behind the house. Power issues seem to be pretty common in India, with rolling blackouts being the norm in some places – every night! I think the West would benefit from this as well. It reminds people there is a cost to every watt of power produced.
It was strange wandering around Fort Kochin as it is a very touristic (adapted from the French) place complete with tour busses and camera weilding, backpack wearing trippers. Took us a while to get used to. For the first two days we headed as far away as we could get as it drove us nuts with people harassing us for this that and the other shiny trinket. “Whatever it is you have – I don’t want it and don’t need it”.
Just as we were about to leave we found a Yoga studio and did some full power classes overlooking the Arabian sea – with a Yoga guru of 25 years experience. “I started when I was 4 – but seriously at 7”. Met some nice people there and moved into more shanti accomodation (albiet in the heart of the tourist area – but we had shaken off our displeasure by now) where they were staying while doing Yoga teacher training for a month. Three more days of good Yoga ensued and helped not only with physical release but also opening some doors including a nice meeting at a local artists studio complete with conversations the like we just don’t get at home.
Manifestations – they just seem to happen so much easier in India. Is it because there is just such a close connection to spirituality in every aspect of life? I realise I am much more awake here than I have probably been since London. Things are happening and connections are being made. It is fantastic to meet people with such similar goals and ideals. It gives me great hope which is much needed, because I also see India as a future example of so many issues that are going to confront the Western Capitalist machine sooner rather than later…
After a very pleasant week in Kochi we decided to move out with a French, Italian couple (with a “very good sense of the absurd”) by bus into the hills of Munnar. Another fantastic experience awaits no doubt.