Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day in Kumily

We had quite a memorable Christmas here in Southwestern India.  It included a morning elephant ride…



followed by a traditional Keralan lunch with our rickshaw driver and his family.  It is his business idea and we think it was a very good one.  Anita was able to help prepare the food…


They use tons of oil. Below we fried cashew nuts and raisins followed by onions and carrots.


Our hosts – Sheril the rickshaw driver and his wife Asha.


Part of their cooking experience provided to foreigners is the BBQ in their front yard.


Their 2 year old son is the joy of their lives.


While we waited for the final product, we were shown their wedding album…


The final product was beef biryani, to us a great Christmas feast.


Later on in the day we each had a “full body massage” that left us both laughing pretty hard and we had our funny stories to share after the fact.  At one point the guy giving me (Tal) a massage told me that he practices martial arts. Shortly after this comment he started hitting my head so hard that I could literally feel the fillings in my teeth start to loosen!  Let’s just say that it wasn’t a relaxing massage for either of us, but it sure made us laugh! 

We then found a cyber cafe that allowed us to read Christmas cards and send some Christmas wishes.  We were also able to skype with Anita’s parents which was so fun because they just installed Skype along with a new web cam. It was also nice to see the white Swiss mountains outside and to see their cat Diana. 

We then had our own little gift exchange which finished the day well.

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Thanks for keeping up on our lives and we wish you a happy new year!


  1. Froeh Weinachten und alles gute fuer die neues Jahr! Ok, Anita, my speaking German is much better than my writting German. I hope you and Tal have a wonderful holiday season.

  2. Yeah, you posted. I love to hear about your journey. Post more pics. Enjoy every minute.

  3. What a Christmas to remember! I could almost taste that food! Yum! There's nothing quite like Indian spices! We're thinking of youand praying for you daily!

  4. Hi Anita!
    I rediscovered your blog after 4 months and had a wonderful time reading about all of you adventures. I shared many of your stories and pictures with my children, so that they could understand a little better what it is like to live in a 3rd World country. I am so impressed with what you and Tal have chosen to do. What a beautiful way to spend your first months of married life!

  5. LOVE u guys so much. You are wonderfull. MISS U