29.01.2015 - 29.01.2015 30 °C
Here we are buying our first of many fruit salads on the beach in Kovalam, India.
Kovalam is a touristy coastal town with a maze of small narrow alleyways typical of India. The difference here is that the alleys are for pedestrians only. We can wander around with a meandering 3 year old and never get lost or worry about motorcycles whizzing by. On the flipside, I recall wandering around similar sized alleyways in Varanasi 13 years ago which were shared with cyclists, motorcycles, cows, cow plops, gimpy dogs, dog plops, funeral processions on their way to the Ganges for a cremation ceremony and the rest of Indian life. That is not the case here.
One of the things that makes traveling with 3 kids in Asia possible is the locals. They treat our children like they are the most important people of their day. It is as if the Sri Lankans, Indians and Balinese are in a competition to be the nicest people in the world. If Kaito falls, he will be scooped up by the closest local folk. If he wants another bowl of chocolate cereal, he just glances helplessly at one of the hotel staff and his bowl is fulled up. When he leaves his only pair of shoes outside of someone's shop, the owner runs to find him. He once ran into the arms of one of his 'friends' who in fact turned out to be a total stranger because to Kaito all the men look the same.
I love that there are places in the world where children are adored somewhat unconditionally.