December 18, 2010
I’m in Pondicherry, or Puducherry, aka Pondy. It’s full of Indian tourists. Maybe because it’s so not like India here! It’s at about 4-6 hours from Chennai, it’s a former French colony, the road names are in French and locals speak French! It’s so weird. It’s not a French that I understand though, like their English actually. The town is in Tamil Nadu, a region in the South-East of India, and it faces the Bay of Bengal.
As soon as I arrived, once I found a room (which wasn’t very easy, maybe because it’s the weekend, but all cheapest guesthouses were full; I found a room that I have to share with coackroaches, but as long as they don’t want to share the bed, it’s ok), I had a nice shower and went to a nice café by the sea recommended by Lonely Planet (maybe I follow the guidebook too much, but I would probably have ended up there anyway because it’s the only place by the sea and it has decent prices). I had a sandwich with cheese and vegetables (ok) and chips (super good!).
A Canadian guy, from Quebec, kept me company (=annoyed while I was trying to write) because there were no other free tables.
Now I am in another café with a nice terrace, all pretty, in wood and stone, and I am with Corine (or Carine? I knew I should have written her name immediately), French. She is a happy person, keeps laughing. I had a delicious chicken breast with lemon and honey. And chips, again. It’s nice to be able to choose between rice and chips. And not to have a stomach ache.