|mamallapuram, India - first beach|
Tomorrow is the so talked about Millennium day and we'll have a party at the hotel with life tabla music, magicians, cobra fighting, lots of nice seafood and free cocktail! It won't be as full on as Goa 2000 but who wants that anyway?
Nothing in town seems to indicate
there's a new Millennium coming tomorrow. Everyone seems to be having
fun on the beach or chilling out in the shadow of cafes and palm trees.
Same as usual.
It's one week in 2000 now and… what happened?
Party was great. Crazy magic
tricks of this bloke swallowing and spitting stones in between scary noises.
Snakes pretty doped but still impressive. Viewers taking pictures from
the safe height of their chairs.
Some of the Indians working at the hotel sat at our table chatting. They were completely drunk! Which is rare for Indians. The sweet furry animal one was really funny as someone who is drunk for the first time and we were shocked to know that he hadn't had anything to eat. Dinner was over and it was late so we brought down some biscuits that him and others devoured. One of them was making his three year old kid try all kinds of alcohol available so "he knows what it is". Educational.
Just after midnight I watched
at my Greenwich count down millennium watch. It went 00 and then started
to count up 1, 2, 3, ...
Around 2am we escaped to the
beach. There was a big party going on there, pretty packed. We laid down
in one of the numerous beached wooden fishing boats and became the center
of attention of loads of young Indians who, with the excuse of the New
Year, approach to meet "the westerners" and try to kiss the
We ended up staying one more week in what I later thought of as a fairy tale toy town where everything is nice, colorful, happy, perfect.
The beach. Your skins burns
in half hour, specially coming from a loooooooong time in London. We discovered
the 2 huge straw umbrellas pitched in the middle of the beach and we got
refuge under them when it got too much.
"Want to buy drum?"
and there they go, playing it very well really, with that special trick
they do with their fingers and looks so easy and it sounds like a string
instrument with an echo. "Cherry wood, camel skin, good price, it's
your lucky day". And "tap, tap, tap tapatatap, drooooooooing..."
I bought a huge 3 persons hammock
for Miles, looking forward to trying it! made by some hippy New Zealand
girl who's been living in India for 3 years!