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Having a Hippy Holiday

sunny 30 °C

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We’ve packed away our backpacks, hung up our hiking boots, pocketed or sightseeing specs, and headed off to the beach for a hippy holiday.
It’s not a typo – we’re at the Arabian Sea resort of Varkala which has long been the hippy backpackers’ idea of Nirvana. This place is crammed with ayurvedic clinics, yoga studios, massage parlours, pot purveyors and tie-dye emporiums...Hippy_market.jpg
But all is not well in this hippy haven. With airline prices soaring, student fees rising, pensions decreasing, and the bottom dropping out of the pound and the euro, this usually packed resort is a shadow of its former self. We spent our first few nights alone in a 25 roomed hotel – just us and a staff of 12. All the traders are hoping that things will pick up now that the holidays have started in earnest but, wherever we walk, we are accosted by desperate hoteliers offering rooms for as little as seven dollars. Here’s the pool at our place - not seven bucks a night, but it won’t break our bank…
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Here’s our waiter climbing a nearby tree to get us a couple of fresh coconuts…Waiter.jpg

And these guys are out early to catch our dinner…
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The sun shines from dawn to dusk, the sea is warm and welcoming and we can’t believe that it’s nearly Christmas. Wish you were here.
P.S. Be sure to bring your yoga mat!

Posted by Hawkson 02:39 Archived in India

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Not always envious of your travels but this invokes deep envy as yet another winter storm lashes against our front windows and bits of fir trees bounce off the roof.

by R and B

You look so peacful and pampered in the photo Sheila. What a lovely place! Here the sun shines intermittently, but you know all that.
I have been thoroughly enjoying your postings and
much admire your analyses. Have a wonderful Xmas in fabulous India. Love, Kaye

by Kaye

It looks like you found the perfect location to celebrate a Christmas. Now this is part of India I would like to see; it is surprising more people are not there! Soak up all the vitamin D you can because there isn't any here at home! We are off for a very white Christmas at Mount Washington, with one of the best snowfalls ever. Merry Christmas and best wishes for safe travels into the 2011! Maxine and Mac

by Maxine Stewart

Would LOVE to be there now - instead of entertaining 8 people! But I'm in good shape and ready for the onslaught. Have you been following what is happening in Europe? London Airport closed for days due to cold and snow and student protests against tripling uni fees - seems like the place is falling to bits. Stay where you are!

by joycieB

Wish you were here. Now that's an invitation that dozens of us pale skinned, rain-soaked folks would love to take up on the day of the winter soltice. Sheila at the pool is a more accurate measure that winter isn't leaving anytime soon than a groundhogs shadow! The first shot of a pool too. Reminds me of all those shots of pools in Thailand. I trust that the pools are cleaner than the beaches!

by Tom Whalley

This is beautiful! The sea looks so much cleaner than some of the waters you've sent pictures of. And you have paradise practically to yourselves! Merry Christmas from all of us in wet Nanaimo!

by Deb & Mike

Next year we'll all meet you there for Christmas. How often in a lifetime do you get to see the restaurant staff climbing trees for your beverage.

by janet

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