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25th December – Merry Christmas from Kerala

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Didn’t sleep well again as the mosquitoes were bugging me and the coil we had lit had burnt out in the middle of the night, so I lit a couple more around 2am.

Woke up and walked to a temple across the canal to see an elephant parade around 8:45am in a temple. It wasn’t really a parade. The elephant wore a gold headgear and there was a guy sat on top of it holding a board which from afar made it look like it was all part of the head gear.

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Couple of people played musical instruments, they then matched around the temple and did the same choreographed instrument playing again.

Being in a hot country for Xmas is very very strange, I had done it before when I lived in Ghana and also Jukie in Amsterdam. It was hot, we wore light clothes and even though Kerala has a Christian influence it didn’t feel like xmas.

Throughout the day we flittered in and out of the house, having lunch at a Muslim downtown Alleppey.

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In the evening visited the same temple as this morning to see a bigger procession with elephants. There were a lot more drummers this time and a bigger crowd but still one elephant.

Came back to the house, had drinks and dinner with an english family (Natasha, Paul, Nina and Louis)staying at the house too. We all chatted after dinner and then slept.

En français:

Rien de spécial de prévu aujourd’hui donc on prend notre temps. Avant le petit déjeuner, on decide d’aller au plus grand temple de la ville pour voir la procession d’elephants autour du temple.on ne voit qu’un seul éléphant mais il est tout décore et il porte le dieu décoré de fleurs.

Devinez ce qu’on mange pour le petit déjeuner. Et oui, curry de légume et petit pain au riz! Au moins on a la chance de gouter a la cuisine keralaise.

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On se repose dans les chambres puis on part avant le déjeuner pour explorer les autres rues d’Alleppey. On mange dans un restaurant mi-keralais mi-musulman et on n’est pas déçu. C’est vraiment bon. On passe par l’office du tourisme pour avoir des informations sur les représentations de Kathakali, un art du Kerala. On ne voudrait vraiment pas rater ça.

A 4h45, on retourne au temple car Motty nous dit qu’il doit y avoir plusieurs éléphants et une grosse fanfare. On arrive et c’est le même éléphant qui fait sa procession tout seul. En revanche, il y a plus de musiciens que le matin. On reste pour voir ce qui va se passer mais rien ne change donc on retourne chez Motty pour être a l’heure au diner.

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Il y a d’autres clients et on dine tous ensemble. Comme ils sont végétariens, on mange comme eux.

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