a.k.a. i am finally exploring a bit
Jess and Sunavo, the couple from yesterday, became my companions for the day. they came along at the perfect time- i was ready to talk to people again, but not quite ready to put effort in. they are so easy and great- and handy! so full of information. i got to see lots of pictures from the wedding, which was in January- jess looked beautiful in her red sari, and Sunavo was dashing in his white clothes (i can't remember what it is called). so many colors. the pictures were all candids, which was so great- EVERYone ('that's my cousin's wife's sister and that's her uncle) was smiling. it seemed like such a joyous occasion! no fake smiles or serious poses. it was really interesting to hear about all of the customs.
after my treatment, we walked along the beach for a while then went up to the Lighthouse (the beach we are on is called Lighthouse Beach). we went for a swim at a quieter beach, where the waves were just as powerful as they were at the other. it's a little strange being in india at a beach- the Indian women all wear their saris and the men seemingly wear whatever they want, even if it's white and painfully see-through underwear. but the tourists! the Russian women (to be fair, all western women) in their skimpy bikinis, the pasty white, pot-bellied german men in speedos. because all the tourists wear bathing suits, it is fine to wear a bikini, but the men all gawk enough as it is, so i haven't been comfortable swimming, even though i go in my shorts and tank top. what i find uncomfortable is the limited amount of clothing worn AFTER swimming. we may be at a tourist beach, but we are still in India. to be perfectly frank, i find it disrespectful how little is worn. ah, well. i won't gripe about it.
i am feeling much better again today. i am not fatigued, though the heat has not made me super excited about wandering around and exploring. either way, i am happy to be rid of the mental fog, but not worn down by a mind that is running a hundred miles a minute. i am eager to get away from this beach, but i am not yet ready to jump on night trains and walk around with my backpack... in due time.