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... for the next few days. Vick then went to bed and I had a little Skype time before passing out myself. The next morning we took the plunge and ordered a local breakfast of dosa and curry, which although was a little heavy for the morning, I thought it was pretty good! Although this is where Vicky realised that she didn't agree with Indian breakfast... Though little did she know she would be stuck with it for a little while yet. We spent many lazy hours in the hammocks on ...
... on some roads! We had some pretty relaxed days here, generally milling round the town, visiting the Palace in Jew Town, a couple of churches, the rather small Indo-Portuguese museum and the odd ferry trip round the bay.
The backpackers home stay we were at was certainly interesting... we managed to stay in three different rooms in four nights, due to double booking and dodgy plumbing, but I guess that's just how India ...
... out of the water via the medium of aggressive whistling and the beach was declared 'closed'. We found several great things in Varkala; a restaurant that knew how to cool tuna steak perfectly for 350R, a bakery with great chocolate brownies and a book exchange! We also found some robbing rickshaw drivers - but what's knew. On the way in we took one fr Kallamballam for 150 but the return leg was offered for 300! And they wouldn't be bartered down more than 250, so ...
... There was a lot of removal of shoes this morning - not generally required in a synagogue but thr floor is made of over 1000 hand-painted Chinese tiles.
Then on to the palace of the Maharaja who lived next door. This contains a number of murals depicting Hindu mythology.
More shops and more indecision - this time by me! Still no purchases made.
... which was toasts with butter and jam with orange juice and coffee. The combo was called "continental breakfast". It wasn't the best meal I had ever had but did the trick as I suddenly came up with the plan for a day. I remembered that ricksha driver from the day I arrived to the town offering me a day tour around most important spots in Kochi. I called him after returning to my room from the breakfast and asked if he could meet up with me the same day. He could but much ...