Day five: Freeday!

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Fruit seller on Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam is quiet for a change.

“Traveling is like toilet paper: The closer you get to the end the quicker it runs out.” — Chrissy after her friend Vanina.

What was in a sense my busiest day so far is the day I have the least to write about and is also the day I took the most pictures. Fewer words, more images. Trivandrum and Kovalam by rickshaw, an Om tattoo on the inner right ankle, ritual prayer (puja) to the Divine Mother, and I wore local clothing — a nice change from my daily costume of white T-shirt.

Our rickshaw driver took us for some cheap, tasty, spicy breakfast on the way to town.

A family at the beach parking lot avoid the camera.

Corinne and Lily carefully choose our first non-ashram lunch.

A tourist takes Lonely Planet's advice to sunbathe conservatively.

Corinne's favorite young man strikes a pose.

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Netha November 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

A word of caution:Old Man Jim is a ponraizilg figure i think everyone can agree there hardly exists a person whose feelings towards the former president could be described as lukewarm. I am naturally suspicious of anyone who employs reasoning that consists merely of: 1) person X is bad, ergo 2) anything they do is bad. Ignoring the people who are firing rockets from Gaza into Israel has hardly produced positive results, and the Israelis cracking down more and more severely in an effort to limit Hamas’ power has yielded results that can, at best, be described as having the opposite effect: case in point, Jimmy Carter is now going to sit down with Hamas. All of this leads me to conclude that nothing that has been done so far has worked. If you insist on playing to the more extreme elements of ANY group, they will continue to trend towards extremism. If you play to the more moderate elements, and give them some sense of legitimacy, they must (from that point on) act in a way that makes them seem worthy of that attention, or risk returning to the previous status quo. Also, by engaging moderate elements (not giving into demands, not trading with them merely LISTENING), you quite possibly drive a wedge between the moderate and extremist elements. If the moderates then police or limit the extremist elements of their group, that is one less job/angle that either the US or Israel has to worry about. I fail to understand the so-called “wisdom” of refusing to merely listen to people we do not agree with you learn more that way than only listening to people with whom you agree. And before anyone decides that somehow I am advocating giving support of any kind to groups such as Hamas (they have done nothing yet to deserve it), merely listening and meeting with people does not give them power OR legitimacy; they gain attention, certainly, but that added attention means added scrutiny as well, and with more people paying attention, any further negative action will produce considerably more public backlash. I would argue that our most skeptical state department representatives should have been visiting with these “leaders” a long time ago to hear in their words what their complaints/issues/requests are. Know your enemy: what better way to know and understand them than actually getting it from the proverbial horse’s mouth?

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taigamemiemphi November 28, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Dead pent subject material , thanks for entropy.

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