You can compare the bus with those mini trucks they use to transport chickens to & from the poultry farms. It took the conductor about half an hour to reach me. “Alleppey” I asked and thankfully he replied, “130 rs” instead of “No Alleppey”. It was 8:40 pm and I was finally in a bus taking me to my destination. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Alleppey from Thrissur. When I asked the bus conductor about what time will we reach, he said “2’O clock in the night”.
(Panic? Yes, a little!)
Reality Check – 1
It was 8:50 pm when reality kicked me in the balls. I instantly called my friend, Nishant, who was hosting me in Alleppey. He told me that the hostel is on an island and I will have to take a small boat to reach there. The last boat leaves at 10:30 pm. And because of the heavy rains and dark, he won’t be able to send his boatman.
Waise main bohot sakht launda hun. Par yahan main pighal gaya!
I was holding my 100 kg backpack in my lap, sitting on a seat for three and sharing it with four other people. My clothes were all wet and my shoes all drenched creating that ‘eww’ feeling. I hadn’t eaten anything since morning and my mind was craving for tea.
I had no idea how will I reach and where will I crash for the night. There ain’t no hotels in that side of town in Alleppey. And definitely not for budget travellers. With all these worrisome thoughts clouding my mind, I did the best I could at that moment and dozed off.