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Nov 2, 2013 - a new state

Our ever resourceful tour guide Charles knew that after the shopping and fireworks extravaganza that was Diwali, his usual go to activities would not be available today. He made arrangements with a local man that he met at the temple to have us stop by his home to see how people celebrate Diwali morning. This man lives in a very modest home with his wife, three sons, and mother and they entertained all fifteen of us in their tiny living room. Mom prepared snacks, cookies, fried rice, and fruit out of a kitchen smaller than the one I have in...

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Oct 4, 2013 - 4 October - Varkala

Here we are in our flash resort on the southern coast of India, living like royalty. The resort has a huge pool plus an Ayurvedic massage centre and of course a pretty good restaurant. It's a 5 minute walk from the coast. The beach is too rough and dangerous for swimming, but the clifftop walk is lined with restaurants, bars and shops selling all the touristy things - baggy pants, T shirts, embroidered bags etc. We are here for 3 nights and it's good to relax after the hectic pace of our trip. We are now over halfway, with around 5 weeks...

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Oct 3, 2013 - 1 October - Alleppey

We are now in the backwaters of Kerala, 900km of canals fringed with palm trees and small villages. Our home for tonight is a houseboat, so different to the ones at Bulahdelah - these have wicker roofs, generators and some even have solar panels. There are four cabins, each with an ensuite - we weren't expecting this sort of luxury! And so we are spending a day just cruising through the backwaters with the crew bringing us food at regular intervals - I can take this sort of holiday. We stopped a few times to buy supplies at small shops...

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Oct 2, 2013 - 29 September - Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is known here, is a town of 1.4 million set on a harbour on the Malabar Coast of India. Traders have been coming here for over 600 years and it still has remnants of its Portuguese, Dutch and Jewish heritage. Over in Fort Cochin, the historic part of Cochin, there are many Catholic churches adjacent to Hindu and Jain temples and a Jewish synagogue. We took the ferry from our hotel to Fort Cochin and wandered round the streets. On the foreshore there were huge Chinese fishing nets which were introduced in the 1400's by...

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May 25, 2013 - Cochin, India

5/25 – 5/26 After a sea day we arrived in Cochin, India. We, along with about 30 other folks, had arranged a tour of the backwaters of Cochin. Our boat ride lasted for about two hours. Along the way we observed local fishermen, island homes, river ferry service, for-hire houseboats and fish nets. It was a beautiful trip. We had an excellent lunch served on a banana leaf including rice and four different vegetarian dishes. Yes, Ken not only ate it, he liked it. Oh, and by the way, no silverware – it was a right-handed meal. Afterwards we had...

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Apr 15, 2013 - Cochin, India

Our first venture into India started in the southern port city of Conchin. I have been told India was a crowded country with rampant poverty with street beggars in numbers too large to count, but I must say, that must still be ahead of us as we make our way north to Mumbai in the next few days. There were folks selling trinkets at most stops the tours made, but very few actual beggars. We spent our first afternoon in Conchin getting to know the city by taking a “highlights” tour. Cochin was known for several thousand years as a spice port,...

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Jan 26, 2013 - Kerala - The Arabian Sea

We left early the next day and flew to Cochin in the southern state of Kerala along the Arabian Sea. We stayed in the Taj Malabar, with a beautiful waterside view. Cochin sits at the mouth of a long bay dotted with islands, a harbor which was created by extraordinary floods in 1341 and more recently dredged as a deep sea port by the British. Christianity has its earliest roots here, since 57 AD when Thomas the Apostle arrived and founded three churches. On our drive to the hotel, we saw a pretty typical event. We stopped for a red light,...

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India & Burma, 2013

Sep 26, 2012 - Land HO!!!!!!

Well what do you know? I have finally reached land!! Took me long enough, right?! I am in the city, Varkala, district Kerala, in the country India! I see many trading posts, so guess what I'm going to do..? Yes, I will be trading! There is something called tea..? I heard it is a liquid drink, that helps you feel better if you are ill, or just want to drink it. I love the people here They are kind to you, no matter what..! This is my last blog, unfortunately :( I hope everyone enjoyed reading my blogs with this voyage!!!(: My voyage today,...

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Apr 25, 2012 - Cochin to Munnar, Tall Trees

Hi, Munnar is beautiful. Dit is hoog in die berge, groen en mistig. Prentjie mooi, met teeplantasies en spice gardens. Die pad hierheen is net nie so oulik nie. Vat Kampsbaai se kronkelpad van die stad af en x dit met so 100km. Kronkelpad al die pad met die berg op en in. Asof dit nie genoeg is om blind om draaie te gaan en soos hulle maak, karre en trokke sommer om n draai verby te vat, word dit 'n enkelpad nog ook. Tall Trees is die mooiste plek in Indië sover, of te wel, Munnar. Die olifante het vlekke op hul ore. Goeie nuus! Ons het...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Alleppey - Day 2

We had to up and out at 8am for our trip out to the canals. Alleppey is the centre of the inland waterway system here in Kerala. There is a maze of canals and waterways stretching up and down the coast for many miles. The area is known as the Venice of Kerala. The countryside is very lush with great tall palm trees and great open rice fields, all green and fresh looking. Alleppey is on a narrow strip of land between the Arabian sea and the inland waterways. Very typical tropical houses and shops, mostly single storey very reminiscent of...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Alleppey, Kerala

Not a bad nights sleep in view of the very hard bunk but up at 6am when we stopped at one of the many stations. The early morning visit to the WC is always an assault on the senses. There is a choice between a western toilet and a squat toilet but both look equally unsavoury and dirty. First Class is not how most people would classify them at all. But they do work so long as you are careful not to drop anything into the bowl of the toilet otherwise it is lost down the large pipe that drops down through the floor to the track below. We have...

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Feb 26, 2012 - The Final Goodbyes

My last five days in Kannur were as wonderful as ever. Wednesday Patty joined me at the medicine man so that she could see what that was all about. Patty is a teacher and will be working with the school, but she was curious and decided to get an idea of what I was doing. It was so nice to have someone to share the experience with. More than that, I loved being able to speak during the day since there was someone else who would understand me. After the medicine man, we went to the beach with Ranjit. That was an experience all on its own....

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Sarah's Gap Year

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