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I last left you guys as we departed from our beloved Bamboo Grove. At this point in the story, I would just like to mention that these final few days were spent in full vacation mode: We had finished all of our immediate projects, completed all of the official meetings and visitations, and were free to do as we pleased.
Our destination was Fort Kochi, which is a region in the much larger city of Kochi (the same one we had flown into upon our southern arrival). A former ...
... he tells us not to worry, he'll find us an ATM but wants to take us to the sights first.
So first to St Francis Church, built by the Portuguese containing the tomb of the explorer Vasco da Gama. It's dark and ancient inside and cooled by rotating fans and large screens of fabric wafted over the congregation by means of ropes pulled by (I think they are called) punka wallahs. Outside there is a playing field with kids ...
Arrived in Kochi early On Tuesday morning, 30th December, after a 10 hour flight from Heathrow to Mumbai, then a 2hour flight to Kochi, where the temp was a steamy 27 degrees. Hastily shed my vest.
Kochi is a collection of small islands, connected by bridges and ferries, on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
We were met briefly by our Audley Travel Rep, who handed us over to our driver, who was taking us on to Fort Kochi, 40km away.
Then followed a crazy drive ...
... compared to Goa, this region's immediate northern neighbour.
Essentially water everywhere: canals, large rivers, and plethora of irrigation canals. No wonder this place is called the Venice of the East (even though this is the west coast of India - just a joke). Palm trees and large shipping container terminals frequent the horizon. All things maritime. Even one of the ten universities here is marine studies focused. Our ...
... His kids were adorable. The young boy was hyper active and he ended up smashing his face off the tiled floor. He got a bollocking for that even though he lost some of his front tooth. The older sister took a massive shining to Mary and had Mary playing every game she could remember. The family were so genuinely nice that they let us take part in their nightly games.
There always has to be an embarrassing story, a ...