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Feb 5, 2011 - Kochi, special tea, fishing nets and Kathakali

As we get off the plane in Kochi on the 5th Feb the heat is 38 degrees and you get hit with a wall of heat, however after a 3.5 hour flight we still have a 1.5 hour road trip before we arrive at the amazing Baby's Home Stay. Anyone who has been to India will know what I mean when I say everything works as it should. Walter and Baby who run the Homestay are lovely and we feel looked after. Unfortunately we have to leave baby's after 2 days to go to another Homestay in Kochi no hot water, and rather grubby room. Not happy bunnies. Kochi is...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Cochin (Kochi)

Wir waren gut in Kerala gelandet, als uns die bisherher nicht gefuehlte tropische Luftfeuchte den Atem wegschnappte. Gruenes Land, einer der ersten von Europaeern "entdeckten" Orte, genauer gesagt bereits von den Portugiesen im auslaufenden 15. Jahrhundert. Heute eine Talentschmiede mit -fuer die hier ansaessige Wirtschaft- unglaublich schmerzthaften Braindrain, der gut ausgebildeten Jugend, die zu Zehntausenden nach Schulabschluss das Land in Richtung der reichen Golfstaaten und deren um ein Vielfaches hoeheren Gehaeltern verlaesst. Kerala...

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Jan 7, 2011 - Leaving Kochi

I am leaving this hot roach infested place tonight. I am taking a night bus to Mysore. It is about a 12 hour ride. I did not dislike Kochi, but I think it is maybe over-billed. It is a very hot very dirty, very infested place with a lot of tourists and also very expensive. I am looking forward to Mysore. I hear it is much cooler there. So I forgot to tell you guys about my Ayurvedic message that I got in Varkala. It was more like being rubbed down with oil than an actual massage, but it only cost about $12 for an hour. I had to get buck...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jan 4, 2011 - Kochi

So I am now in Kochi staying at hotel something or other on Shanmugan Rd (above the Ela restaurent). Kochi is pretty cool so far. It is hot and humid still, but it is built partially on the mainland and also on about 15 islands so it is very spread out and lots of water. I was in a bakery shop yesterday that happened to have left the door to the back open and I saw the dead carcasses of about a dozen giant cockroaches. I defintely will not be eating anything in that bakery. It has actually made me nervous about eating anything here. The...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jan 2, 2011 - Coimbatore/Fort Cochin/Varkala

Overnighted at Coimbatore, a rather dusty industrial-type town to enable us to get the train to Ernakulam then a ferry ride to Fort Cochin. Took Ali and Joe to the shop we (kinda) accidentally bought our carpet from last year - guess what - they bought one too!! Stayed for 3 days thank God, we'd just done 5 days of moving and felt a bit ragged. Nice little Portuguese influenced town, fairly clean and not too many touts. Next night was our big treat - a rice barge/house boat - had a fantastic time just cruising the Kerala backwaters, gazing...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Varkala

I have had an interesting time so far in Varkala. It is a beautiful place. The beach is actually fronted by huge cliffs, and all the hotels and restaurants are on the cliff looking down on the beaches and rocks. The sunsets are lovely. I have made a new friend. Nawaz. Why is it that I keep meeting Kashmiri men? Anyway, I moved into a very nice looking little cabin and I was content with it. I went back to it last night and after I had showered and was getting ready for bed I saw a couple of cockroaches. And then I saw a couple of more. I...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Dec 31, 2010 - Happy New Year!

I have had a good New Year's so far. I slept through it. Yesterday my friend Dima taught me some yoga and let's just say it is a lot harder than it looks. I am stiff and sore today. I liked it though. I might join the tourist band wagon and take a yoga class. Gandhi has a yoga teacher's training class that runs for four weeks and he is trying to get me to sign-up. Not going to happen but a really nice thought. Perhaps later. Anyway, I am going to Varkala tomorrow. Then perhaps Kollam or Alleppey on my way to Kocji. I am doing well and I...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Dec 29, 2010 - Kovalam

Making a small side trip today from Thiruvananthapuram. I am in Kovalam, abeach town about half an hour away. I have changed hotels. I am now staying at the Silver Sands. I left Bright Lodge because I came back to the hotel after visiting some friends and found a giant cockroach in my room. I saw several more which I hadn't noticed before also. They were as big as the ones in Chidambaram, and when I went to hotel management about it they told me that when Keralans see a cockroach in their home they consider it to be good-luck. Bullshit....

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Kia Shnette 2010

Dec 27, 2010 - OOPS

After all of that work to save my phone last week, I killed it yesterday. I decided to do laundry, and took off my pants with the phone still in the pocket and threw them in a bucket of water. Goodbye phone, it was nice to know you. So I am once again phone-less, but I will try to check my e-mail more often. On the plus side my DVD player is now working.

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Dec 13, 2010 - Cochin

Mon Dec 13 I am sitting at the desk in our hotel suite overlooking the Cochin harbor. We just returned from a sunset cruise where we saw the many buildings lining the harbor, ferries, fishing boats, and the Chinese nets which are an old style of fishing along the shore. It is interesting to note that the boats in the harbor seem to come as close to hitting one another as the vehicles on the road. I guess that when you live in a crowded country your personal safety zone is smaller. Today is our last full day in India. We toured this part of...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Kerala

Sun Dec 12 We have reached our final destination before we begin our long trip home on Tues. Yesterday was a quiet day at the Coconut Lagoon hotel. We walked into the neighboring village in the morning and saw people brushing their teeth, bathing, and doing laundry in the river. Jamie spent time with the naturalist taking photographs of dragon flies. We all went by boat to lunch on a small resort which is part of a 750 acre island reclaimed from the lake by the creation of a barrier wall and pumping of water from the interior back into the...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Coconut Lagoon

Fri Dec 10 We woke up on the boat this morning and cruised over breakfast to our current resort, the Coconut Lagoon, which can only be reached by boat. Along the way we saw lots of interesting fishing boats before reaching the resort on the edge of a huge lake. As usual here we were greeted with warm towels and cool drinks. There are rice paddies, tropical gardens, and bungalows all around. The bungalows are stucco and teak with tile roofs, and ours was special as it has a view of the lake and a private pool. We are here for 2 days and...

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