20.11.2010 - 20.11.2010
We woke excited about what the day held in store for us. We checked out and raced to the jetty to meet our boat and crew. As we climbed on board we both felt the same bought of excitement and happiness. We’d had a rough few days and a bit of cruising luxury was just what we needed to get our heads back in the right place.
As we cruised out of the docks and into the lake, we sat silent trying to take it all in. the banks were linned with a sea of palm trees and dotted with small catholic churches. Local fisherman rowed tiny boats hauling in their catch and waving. In the skys above us dozens of brown eagles and kites sawed effortlessly on the thermals; rising up in columns, then swooping to pluck fish out of the water beside our boat.
All of the chores that were quickly approaching us, like rental contracts, job interviews and car hunting didn’t seem to exist at all. It was just Sarah and me in the beautiful setting sitting in silence. I wish I knew the words to discribe how perfect it was.
We dropped anchor near the untouched jungle. The crew served us lunch of Korelan thali on a banana leaf plate. The only thing that could have improved the whole experience was chips and red sauce. “This is definitely a ‘what have I done to deserve this’ moment!” said Sarah with a huge smile on her face.
After lunch we transferred to a small wooden canoe for a trip round the local villages, all of which are connected by small 10ft wide cannels. Climbing off the boat a guy appeared with a huge professional video camera, and stared filming us, we were told it was the local news doing a story on tourism. Once again we were famous! I wondered if it was the Bollywood producer was behind it all, getting a few test shots of us on location. Maybe that’s why he hasn’t rang yet.
In the villages we met the locals, drank chai and even helped them make coconut fibre rope. Back on our houseboat we enjoyed curry, rice and veg washed down with a cold beer. We watched the sun set over the jungle as we cruised to our overnight mooring; totally secluded.
More beers made an appearance as we sat alone on the deck chatting about lots of things that didn’t matter. Our sound track was the jungle wildlife, our entertainment was watching a huge electric storm in the night sky. Amazing!