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May 12, 2019 - Sea day #372 no D says just #12

We are in the Indian Ocean going around the bottom India near Sri Lanka. When we get to the Andaman Sea we will be close to our destination of Penang Malaysia. There’s some “rock the baby “ ship motion today. Last night to put the clocks ahead another hour. Soon it will be tomorrow without having yesterday because tonight we will set the clocks ahead yet another hour. While D napped I spent some time researching why the cow became sacred in the Hindu religion. There are lots of explanations not all the same and no beginning that I found....

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May 11, 2019 - Cochin is Mumbai lite

We were out the gangway and on the bus by 8am even with 2 Visa check points. Cochin is hectic but not with the same intensity of Mumbai. The pace is a notch lower. English is used much less in this area of India. There is garbage along every road, building, house, lot, any empty space. We got no answer about some sort of garbage pick up. My impression was it might be available but no one is going to spend money for that service. So hundreds of women were picking up garbage and clearing tall weeds from along side the roads. The government...

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May 10, 2019 - Enrichment speakers can make you scared of other guests.

Tomorrow we will be in Cochin, India & we will present our visas several times again. But I had forgotten the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008 killing 167 people, many who were tourists, but most were Indian citizens. The man who planned it was a Pakistani-American who had stayed there many times. They can check my visa and put our bags through the scanner all they want. We took pictures of that very hotel that now has a huge addition added to it. This was a Sea day prepare for odd random comments. This ship has soft water and...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Incredible Rickshaw India adventure!

Plus que de longues explications sur ce voyage, ci-dessous notre témoignage que vous pouvez trouver sur le site de "Large Minority". Geraldine, Emmanuelle et Virg sont parties au Kerala pour une aventure en tuktuk dont l'objectif était de relever des challenges chaque jour afin de mieux connaitre les gens, la culture et d'y associer un projet caritatif. Merci encore a tous ceux qui ont contribue. Grace a vous, une communauté a maintenant de l'eau potable! "Incredible Rickshaw India adventure! What a trip! What a crew! What an amazing...

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Les Bertin a Dubai

Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin – Church, Palace and seashore stroll

The Sapphire Princess with 2,600 passengers is in port with us this morning and the locals are setting up merchandise tents on the pier. Yippee, local shopping. Mel's says I cannot buy anyone scarfs. But they are so beautiful! I ended up with a pair of pants with elephants on them. The Princess group looks mostly Americans and about 15 years younger than us, on average. Must be a shorter cruise. Maybe even a few 40 somethings!!! Immigration is just a tab bit easier. First you present your landing permit to the guy at the end of the...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin India

History: Known as the “Queen of the Arabia sea “ Cochin has been a bustling port for more than 1,000 years. Today it is regarded as the worlds leading producer of pepper. So far seen two of four cities on our India stops, Chennai and Cochin, dirty, filthy areas, people rude and don’t wear shoes and appear to avoid bathing. Jury’s still out.

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Feb 7, 2018 - Cochin, Periyar and Allepey

From Coimbatore to Cochin, Periyar, Allepey and Home: 31st January – 8th February. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway and took a taxi to our serviced apartment in Coimbatore, ready to catch the train to Cochin the next day. It took longer than we thought to reach Coimbitore from Mettapulyam and it was a frightening taxi ride. The driver overtook cars, auto rickshaws, buses and lorries with inches to spare; Jane shouting at him as he pulled out on yet another suicide overtaking mission – all to no avail. I sank into a state...

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Feb 6, 2018 - India Part Two Mettapulyam to Cochin

India Part Two— Mettapulyam to Alleppy, Kochin and Home. And so we move to the final leg of our journey on the West Coast of India into Kerala which I know little about other than catching the odd snippet of the chef Rick Stein cooking in Kerala. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway at Mettapulyam to overnight in a hotel In Coimbatore ready to catch the train to Kochin sometimes spelt Cochin on the East coast, so completing our journey from the West to the East side of Southern India. Our taxi driver picked us up at the hotel...

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Jane in Asia

Nov 25, 2017 - Returning to Kattakkada

We have seen Sharon Lumber, Judson Footwear, Brian Agencies, Lawrence Lodgings. Kerala is a state with the Communist Party in power, so we see lots of flags with the hammer and sickle. Heading back to Kattakkada and Sheeja's house, we stopped at the Sujindrum Temple for over an hour. About 1,500 years old, hand carved sandstone, with lots of worshippers. So impressive! Despite the 33 degree temperature, the construction allowed for cool breezes throughout the dozens of rooms, pillars altars, and walkways. Always a melodrama though: as I...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Kanniyakumari

Bags packed. Leaving Kovalum and heading out to pick up the gang at Sheeja's and drive to Kanniyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin. Big waves and jellyfish in the beach water now. Jud got stung about 4 times yesterday and the Russian girl he was with got stung about a dozen times before they could get in. 31 degrees that feels like 38, so cooler today! A day of firsts. First time for me to see a working elephant on the street, as we drove through a small town between Sheeja's town of Kattakkada and our destination on the southern tip of...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Birthday

Today is Brian's 69th birthday, and our last day at Kovalum Beach. The twins have had bad head colds and Brian woke up needing a Sudafed first thing. Enough!!! It seemed to work and he's up for what the day might bring. We are taking Jud to see the old house that the family lived in up until last month - a concrete box with an outhouse and well, but with a decent yard, in a rabbit warren of Muslim houses, and Sheeja's family are Hindu. Later we'll have a visitation by some of Vasu's relatives, who have apparently just started speaking to...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Elephants

Today both Brian and Jud are feeling healthy. Thank goodness. Both have energy and are feeling positive. It is about 36 degrees, or will be later, and overcast. The weather network say 36 but feels like 41. In this humid, oppressive heat, we decided we needed to find an ATM in order to pay the driver, and for incidentals. We were told to walk in a certain direction and ended up having to walk the entire length of the beach, around a corner, up some steps, up a hill and panting heavily came to one -- but not working! Directions from many men...

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