28.12.2018 - 28.12.2018
Xmas was great - because of the wonderful people staying in the same house as me. A lovely French couple, who have lived in Delhi for the last 4 years, a Dutch mother and son, and an 18 year old lad (leo) from Leicester who had cycled from England for the last 5 months to Nagaland and was making his way to Australia! We all cooked a fabulous veggie Xmas dinner. The owner of the house was great to let us take over the kitchen.... While she got stoned on the balcony - she then even washed up!
On Xmas morning leo and I had come across a packed church - unusual as it was only half built; no roof and only some walls! We turned into the guests of honour, with lots of selfies being taken. There was a "feast" for everyone to follow the service - well..Luke warm rice and stone cold lentils!
I spent the next 2 days travelling with the French couple (and their Indian friend) - an absolute joy to be with. We got to see traditional Nagaland huts - with various skulls decorating the entrances!
In imphal, in the state of Manipur, we parted company. One of the Jeeps had had 19 people crammed in to it and a small auto rickshaw had 16 people squashed together! Always good "fun" until the inevitable vomiting child begins their party piece! At least no-one had to sit on the gear stick this time.
I ventured this far south as i had been told of an amazing lake (laktak), which is where I am now. The lake is covered in loads of floating islands of "biomass'. These are collected together by fishermen to form beautiful circular islands, in which they then use nets to catch the enclosed fish.
This morning I rented a boat with an Indian lady at my homestay to go amongst the biomasses. We landed on a circular fishing island. It was very "bouncy" - like walking on a trampoline, but with water up to your ankles at times. Very weird to be walking on the water.
Some of the islands are big enough upon which to build small houses. We stopped and had tea at one.
The ancient methods of fishing were beautiful to observe, but must be back breaking to carry out - this method always being done by women.
Next photos are at sunset and from my homestay window.
It's lovely to be in such a tranquil place after so many Jeep journeys and bustling crowded cities....but I'm moving on tomorrow.
If I don't blog before New year's Eve - have a wonderfully happy and healthy New year! X