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Jan 22, 2016 - Nature walks and like subjects

We have left the coast and are in the Keralian highlands. It's tea and timber country, much cooler and a touch less humid than the coast. Periyar is famous for elephants. We had a jungle walk in the local wildlife preserve, but alas no elephant sighting. We did see monkey, giant squirrel, and gour (an Indian wild cow). Elephant treatment is a controversial subject. Formally working animals, from war vehicles to forest management equipment, most elephants are now tourist attractions. Temples keep elephants because of demand. Most are well...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Fun bits we have not yet mentioned

Mo's camera works. The guys in the camera shop knew their stuff. We had our palms read by the best professional astrologer in Udaipur. He told both of us, sadly, that our love lines are weakening. The reason: no children in our future. Heck, we could have told him that. The astrologer did predict we'll live into our 80s or early 90s. Mo works hard, he said, and therefore has less luck. Jim came from good parents. We were given days on which to fast, lucky days, color of clothing to donate annually, and lucky stones among other advice. Mo...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Contnued pleasures and minor annoyances

Editor's notes. 1. We're not in Trivandum. The web map feature does not recognize the names of our villages and towns in this region. For the record, we are in Kochi, because we simply show up when and where instructed by our group leader. 2. Jim tried patiently to add a fun video for your viewing pleasure in this post. It did not work. He won't apologize for his failure, as he has already suffered mightily for your reading pleasure. Now back to our story. In Varkala we visited the Janardhana Temple, sacred to Hindus. We of course removed...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Same country, different worlds

After the usual horn-blaring near-miss traffic jam of a ride to the Delhi airport, we managed to find our way to Air India for our flight to Trivandum in the south. At the terminal, only passengers are allowed in. We had to produce proof of tickets and our passports. We got into the domestic flight line to check in, only to be redirected to the international line to check in for our domestic flight. Once boarding, we had to produce our boarding passes for two different armed security guards before we got to the end of the boarding ramp....

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Jan 2, 2016 - Back To Abu Dhabi Already?

Last night we tried to check-in on line. Being unsuccessful, we were ready for anything but didn’t know what until we arrived at the airport. Our tickets indicated our flight departed at 9:35am but the on line check-in showed our flight number departing at 11:05am. It was exactly one and a half hours behind India time which made us suspicious. Could it be that they had entered Abu Dhabi time instead? We decided to change our taxi pick up to follow the new departure time and hope for the best. Arrival at the Cochin airport was at 8am which...

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Jan 1, 2016 - The Parade is When?

Today is New Years Day, the start of the Rickshaw Run Event. From the roof top of our building we could feel the excitement building to the official start. All entrants seem pumped just to get going so when the signal was given, drumming of course, the Rickshaws began to jockey their way to the exit. One small accident already happened at the start gate as two bumped each other on the narrow way out to the street. The colours, the noise, and the excitement had numerous spectators see them off on their 2500 km journey. Good luck! The parade...

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Dec 31, 2015 - New Year's Eve in Cochin

New Year's Eve Day, we thought, had a scheduled parade at two in the afternoon. Everyone seemed to give different instructions but we did learn that the parade was NOT today but tomorrow on New Year's Day. Now, where to have lunch and dinner today was the big question. Who was going to be open and how crowded would it be? Late lunch at Kashi had us waiting to be seated and waiting to get our order. They were so very busy. When leaving we noticed a sign board in front indicating that the coffee house would be closed from 2:30 pm onward. I...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Jew Town Walk

I know, I know, the title of this entry seems entirely inappropriate and I have trouble verbalizing it but the area really is known as Jew Town to everyone here, even in the guide books. Elaine and Dick are still needing rest to get over their cough. Al and I venture out today to walk all the way to Jew Town in Mattancherry which is famous for its antique shops. The colonial buildings line the street. Every shop tries to sell to the tourists on this narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Jewish Synagogue. The tourist numbers...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Alleppy to Fort Cochin

Our driver took us along the ocean road, which turned out to be way more scenic than the highway. We really appreciated glimpses of the ocean and beach along the way. Fish and prawn farms are evident everywhere. The best part of the trip was the stop at a small bridge where the Chinese fishing nets, a very clever system of catching fish, were working non-stop while we took numerous video clips and photos of the scene. Even our driver was impressed by his luck as he had never seen them in action either. Spectacular unplanned moments are...

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Dec 28, 2015 - Backwater Bliss

Today the plan was to walk the back streets along the water and be back in time for our backwater tour in a dug out canoe at five pm. The walk led us to a resort area along the lake where many of the backwater overnight cruises ended up. The day was hot and muggy but a bit cloudy. Walking along this non-touristy road was fantastic as many of the locals went about their day. Kids were coming back from school all dressed in their uniforms with parents along side. Older kids rode their bikes carrying backpacks. We did draw attention as we...

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Dec 27, 2015 - Alleppy Awe

The night was unpleasant with the noise from the fans in our room as well as noise perhaps from the fan below sending a constant thump, thump, thump noise that carried through to our pillows. I became cold during the night under one thin sheet so my sarong became my second layer. Early morning brought noise from the boats starting up, music from somewhere and water running from above hitting a metal sheet on the roof next to our room so I decided to get up. The bed was not comfortable anyway and both hips were sore. Enough grumbling! My...

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Dec 26, 2015 - Moving On To Alleppy

Jeeva and Anil helped us to arrange a hired car and driver to get us to Alleppy. We requested a big car with air con so we could sit comfortably. It cost us 5500 Rps which equals about $100.00 CAD. When we checked out a photo was taken with our wonderful hosts. Hugs were exchanged as well. I would go back there and recommend their homestay to others. The distance was about 130 or so km but it took 5 hours to arrive at the Malayalam Lake Resorts our next accommodation booked for 4 nights. The traffic was crazy at times with cows, monkeys,...

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