Just 6 more full days here in India for me. Like most things in life, it’s gone by slowly and quickly at the same time. I’m ready to go home in many ways, but sad to leave such a beautiful place and life-altering experience. I will not get into the inner-workings of my mind just yet. I’m still working a few things out. But, I assure you it’s all good and I’m inspired to live fully and share what I have to give with as many people as possible!
So, keeping it light…
A few things have happened since I wrote last. A priest who reads astrological charts came to do readings for those of us who wanted one. Of course, I signed up. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Around a square table, sat three Indian men: a translator; the priest; and the priest’s helper of sorts. I came in my yoga clothes, which were probably pretty shocking to these men who are used to women in much more conservative dress. But, I think most Indians have come to expect such things from Westerners.
The first thing the translator asked, unprompted from the priest….which many of his questions were come to think of it, was, “Are you married?” (sidenote: this is an extremely common question here and seems to be top priority to many.)
I said, “No,” since I’m technically not. I’m engaged to be married. And, the sceptic in me wanted to see what he would say about the whole marriage business.
After finding my name, birthdate, birth time and place of birth in his book, the priest swirled a pile of 108 shells on the table and divided them into a few piles. I have no idea what this process is for. I’m sure you can google it.
Then, he said I will have a happy life, with only a few small unforeseen problems that usually happen to people. He said my life would be luxurious, that I’d travel and be great until about 45. From 45 to 51, I would be seen as the queen of my family and be a local politician with many followers.
It was a slightly vague reading. I knew he would not necessarily be forthcoming with information based on other people’s readings, so I cam prepared with questions.
Apparently, 29 is going to be a big year for me. I was a male accountant in my past life, living in the same place I do now (note: this is funny because both Zach and my grandfather were accountants.). I will have 3 children.
I asked about when I will die. The priest said 83, but the translator assured me that since I do yoga I will live to at least 100.
It was a funny experience. At one point the three men were all laughing with each other, so I just laughed to because it was a ridiculous situation. The translator asked me if I spoke the language. And when I said, no, he gave me a look and asked, “Then why were you laughing.”
So, we’ll see if any of this comes to fruition. If anything, it was a good experience.
A few days later, we went to an elephant sanctuary. There were all sorts of elephants roaming about. Apparently the elephants get to roam free in the jungle the afternoons, and they come back in the morning to be bathed and fed.
They were most definitely domesticated. They had a few “tricks.” One of the females gave me a “blessing” and put her trunk on my head. She was so gentle about it. It was pretty great.
We rode another large elephant, and it was weird. I felt bad for riding it, but I know he probably didn’t feel a thing. I can vaguely remember riding an elephant at the Ringling Bros. Museum with my dad when I was very young, so the nostalgia made it a better experience.
I took a day trip into Kovalam. It was the first venture I made out of the resort on my own. I hired a rickshaw driver to take me on the 15 minute ride. He agreed to wait for me while I walked around for a couple hours and then take me back…all for $10ish (500 rupes)! The insides of the rickshaws are all decorated differently, giving them each their own flare. Mine had a music star (I think) in it. I’ve seen others with white babies, which is apparently another interest of many Indians.
Kovalam is a little beach town. The beach here at the resort is sort of treacherous, the waves crash very close to the shore, so it is a better beach for swimming. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared to swim, so I just walked along the shore.
There are lots of stray dogs around. Many dig small holes in the sand under the lounge chairs and hang out in the shade right under people! It’s pretty cute.
I did some shopping for myself and people back home! It was nice to get out on my own. I ventured back the the rickshaw station and woke my driver, who was taking a nap in the back seat, and we were off again to return to the resort.
On the way back, we stopped on the side of the road to see an elephant. It wasn’t wild. It was just chillin with its handler, who wanted 1000 rupes ($20is) to ride it. Since I’d already had my elephant experience, I just snapped a pic and took off.
This has been an amazing trip. I’m so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and made it happen! I feel so blessed to be able to be here, and I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me on this journey!