the backwaters.....and also pics for beijing....
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everyone says you must do the backwaters in alleppey and they are right. after i left varkala i took about a 2 hour train ride to alleppey to experience whatever one raves about. i only had a day and half there, since my time in the south was quickly dwindling and my departure date was fast approaching. from the friends i made in varkala, i received a recommendation of a place to stay and some contacts to help me find a houseboat or someone to tkae me out in a canoe on the backwaters.
the lemon tree is where i stayed and puli and his friends were incredibly helpful and eager to show me around, i could not have had better tour guides. i ended up taking a six hour canoe trip on the backwaters since i was just one person. most people rent a houseboat for the night, but for me it didn't make sense.
after that night, i had to face the sad truth that i was leaving india in a few days. a part of me was ready to ditch the rest of my trip and stay on....and if i didn't have a friend to meet in bejing, i would. a part of me is in mourning that i am leaving, but i will be back....i haven't said that yet about anyplace i've been to so far....or at least i don't think i have.....but India has touched me in a way no other place has and it will be a permanent part of me.