My 15 minute walk to work (or 20 minutes when it's hot) is scattered with friendly neighbours, the resident elephant, occasional monkeys and chai makers. Wildlife fills the air... brightly coloured birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Dogs lie in the roads and men gather around the rickshaws. My favourite part is passing the temple and buying a piece of peanut brittle from one of the shops nearby. It's fairly easy to fall into the rhythm of life here... and Varkala pace is a slow saunter of a walk, allowing time to feel the beauty of the abundant nature that fills this area.