The stay here at Amritapuri has been amazing, in large part because of the people I have met, most of whom are very open hearted and earnest. I am moving on with my new friends Andreas and Timothy. We decided to take a four hour boat ride through the lower backwaters up to Alleppey. We leave at about 1:30 pm today and will probably stay the night there and head back to Cochin the following day. I will try to post pics from Alleppey if I find a good connection.