Table For One
Varkala Travel Blog› entry 27 of 67 › view all entries
February 2nd, 2008 – by: Connie
Although I raved about the delicious foods here in India when I first arrived, Iâ€™m more than relieved to find lots of western variety in the food choices in Varkala. Iâ€™m from Toronto. I need variety! Iâ€™m tired of rich, spicy foods for breakfast. I enjoy the dosas, a popular South Indian morning meal, but I always ask for less spicy now at the restaurants and I long to see banana porridge, or even toast on the menu.
Itâ€™s harder to get variety in your food when youâ€™re a party of one.
I do miss the company of another travel friend. Iâ€™ve spent months on end before traveling by myself, but not really alone. When you travel, I find that you always find a friend. But I havenâ€™t found a friend since Mamallapuram, which was 2 weeks ago. Iâ€™ve chatted with a few travelers here and there, and Iâ€™ve had some pleasant conversations with locals, but no one Iâ€™d call a friend. No one to share a meal, or a real conversation.
Mind you, my time in Tamil Nadu had been a blur. I basically zipped from town to town staying in different hotels as there were few guesthouses available. Hotels donâ€™t exactly lend themselves to meeting other travelers, especially since those hotels tend to be full of single local men. In all honesty, I simply havenâ€™t stayed anywhere long enough to make a friend lately.
I have hopes for Varkala. Itâ€™s a stunning cliff-side beach town well-known to tourists. Itâ€™s full of western food that my stomach is so grateful for. Iâ€™m excited to find proper sandwiches, pasta, roasted potatoes, and even Mexican food although I have yet to try any here. Iâ€™m curious as to how an Indian cook will handle making Mexican food. They wonâ€™t have all of the right ingredients, thatâ€™s for sure. Iâ€™ve had Chinese food at several restaurants in several towns. Itâ€™s never even close to right.
This is only my second day here and so far Iâ€™m enjoying the slow-pace and peaceful atmosphere. The days are hot but thereâ€™s a constant ocean breeze, and in the evenings the weather is perfect. Iâ€™m so grateful for the cool, clean air.
But still no friends.
A chat here, a smile there, but I guess Iâ€™m just waiting for that click.
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