On our last morning in Cherthala, we enjoyed a large group breakfast and some coffee in the swing. Every house I have been in has a swing. It’s quite the popular leisure apparatus around here.
I did not understand why the swing didn’t face the TV. So confusing. There were no other chairs in the room. I DON’T GET IT.
Anyway, shortly after breakfast we took a van ride fraught with motion sickness to Ranni. Ranni is a city high in the hills and it was quite the winding and weaving journey. Luckily, there was a beautiful view when we arrived.
We were all staying in one house together which was both fun and kind of crappy. It’s nice because there was less pressure to singularly entertain an entire family of people who can barely understand your very poor English. It’s crappy because there are so many of us that it is really hard to have quality time with the few minutes we have together each day.
There are also some very scary bugs up there, like half cricket half cockroach. Not a fan. The windows don’t have screens and we have to keep them open or we will die of suffocation, so those little bastards just swarm on in. Lots of screaming in the night around there. We all survived, but it was a harrowing night.
On our first morning in Ranni, we visited the original shop where these mirrors are made of stone. It was so mind-boggling. This gentleman with the fabulous mustache creates these vessels out of clay.
Then he pours some sort of rock fragments into them and lays them in a fire.
Then he breaks open the vessels and reveals a beautiful rock that when shined acts as a mirror. Of course Vanessa had to have one because she so enjoys gazing at herself.
They also had a well which I immediately investigated for walkers. I tried explaining to one of our hosts why I was so interested in the well, but zombies apparently aren’t really something that translate easily.
Our next stop was a Hindu temple. I far prefer visiting these than the churches. By about a billion. They are just so much more interesting.
The most horrifically hot steps on the planet.
Vanessa and I were enjoying a very intellectual conversation about the above leaves (are they like that naturally or are they folded!!!) when our bus driver ran over and dragged us to the temple door. I was halfway through asking him what he was doing when I saw this:
No big deal, just an elephant coming though with some palm fronds. I immediately took off after him, but it wasn’t until I was about halfway around that temple that I realized that my feet were getting a third degree burn. It was at that moment when I turned and saw Vanessa being guided to the shade by our driver (Kannen). I see how it is.
Jerks. I decided to run. Unfortunately, by the time I found where the elephant had gone, I was back on the other side of the temple. I burned my feet for nothing. NOTHING. At least I made it in time for the elephant bath.
Pretty sure that’s what I look like taking a bucket shower.
After the temple I checked out my feet.
Guess how much I’m going to miss being barefoot all the time?? Thankfully, I was shown the secret water spout and instructed on how to use the stone to clean my feet. Thank the Lord because I was thoroughly disgusted at the state of things.
While I cleaned my feet, the ladies perused the powders that are placed on the forehead of married Hindu women.
So pretty. We were then told that we were going to watch some snake boat races. We got all excited, but were severely let down when it turned out to be just an old snake boat that was half rotted. We were not impressed.
And that face is why I’ll never pull off being royalty. Just can’t hide it. After we went to a children’s annual day festival where I saw God. The end.