Sealord Hotel Cochin
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... then sits down and our narrator, accompanied by a drummer talk us through the meanings of the various movements the seated actor portrays.
These range from subtle eye, lip and cheek movements to hand gestures and full blown charades. The five-minute-long expression of an elephant is pretty effective complete with huge flapping ears and simulated trunk, and mother, father, baby, brother and so on all involve relatively simple hand gestures. The demonstration of ...
... was pretty busy too but not as bad. This was equally charming. I loved the Chinese ceramic tiles and many glass chandeliers. Apparently there are only seven regular worshippers there now. It is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. The whole of Jew Town was full of touristy shops but there were some good places. I was hungry, however and Lukas told me that the Ginger House was one of the restaurants Rick Stein had visited. Their ginger prawns and ginger lime soda ...
After Anders told me where he stayed in Cochi, I had to looked it up. The place is called sandcastle. It's very remote and right on the beach. For ten dollars a night I had my own room, bathroom and the wifi was great. There were only 5 rooms so I met some very neat travelers there. The place got high marks on trip advisor for the owner Robs good service. The closest store was 1 km ...
... fishing nets still operating. Mornings here (if you're up early enough) are spent watching the restaurant owners and fishermen haggling over the price of the mornings catch while the fish flip and flap about on the floor between them. It's a dirty, unkept place, piles of cans and bottles everywhere you look and the view from the shore line is harbor cranes and huge oil storage tanks across the harbor. No-one is sunbathing, the sand is covered in seaweed, coconut shells, ...
... as a bit of a rest mid trip, a chance to unpack and take it easy. Our first day was spent following the walking trail of things to see in Fort Kochi, including the church where Vasco da Gama was buried (although he was later dug up and taken to Portugal, so maybe not so interesting), but it did have fabric fans called punkahs, that still work to keep the congregation cool, operated ...