The Beach of Berries

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How fun it was to collect berries! Abijith (Abi) and Gotham told me they were poisonous. I thought they were lying, so I filled a cup with water, then put the berry inside. I let the berry soak in the water, then took it out. I offered them a drink, but they refused. Then Suneil, Abi’s father, told me that the berries were not poisonous, but too hard too eat. So my mom decided to make some kind of rattle with them. We used half a coconut shell, some of the red berries, and a plastic bag.

We also learned some Malayalam, the local language of Kerala. We learned the word for “hello”, “namaskaaram“, and the world for “plastic bag”, “saƱci“. The sunset was beautiful, too.

One day we saw Saint Angelo’s Fort. It was small, and it looked like a walled cliff-side backyard with a cobblestone walkway and man-made caves. We also saw Theyyam. A man with a face painted so brilliantly danced using his feet, to bless a new home. We also had New Year’s at our hotel. We lit sparklers, had a cake, and did the countdown with our hosts, since we were the only guests there.

During our last day, we were lounging out on the hammocks, when a lot of leaves and a stick floated down. We looked up, and saw a wet branch. Then, the branch started to move. It was a snake! We were not in danger, because it was only a rat snake. It was nearly two yards long, though! We watched it crawl from branch to branch, then it used a couple of trees to climb down like an acrobat. Then it slithered away, never to be seen again.

Down in the Dunes

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When we arrived in the village, a couple of boys hit their ball toward the camel I was riding with my mom. The camel sped up, but when mom told the kids to stop, the camel slowed down. Soon we got off. We hung out for a bit, then I wanted to play with the kids. There was another group of three Australians with us, too, named Paul, Megan, and Glen.

Backyard Batting
Backyard Batting

Later we played Cricket. I played with the kids and my dad, and occasionally Glenn bowled. My dad and I played like champs (not really). Once one of boys bowled from on top of his camel. Then we went on camel rides.

Silly me getting sandy!
Silly me getting sandy!

Our Australian friends headed out, on their way back to Jodhpur in order to catch a bus to Jaipur. We went to a dune for sunset. I had so much fun getting sandy. We spent about 15 – 30 minutes there. Then we came back to our hosts’ house and slept on their roof very comfortably.

Indian breakfast...yum!
Indian breakfast…yum!

The next morning I woke up at the peak of dawn, wanting to write down another one of my crazy dreams. Our hosts gave us breakfast, while their kids caught the school bus, which was actually a little white pickup truck. Breakfast was delicious. It was chapati and something else that was sweet. Before breakfast, my mom and I gave the camels, cows, and buffalo breakfast. There was a newborn calf and buffalo that were both 20 days old. We didn’t do much else that day, but as we road out on camels, the village started to get smaller and smaller.

The village
The village