The Center Hotel
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... His family milled around the place, and his lovely smiley wife Sali was a good counterpoint to his gruffness. But he couldn't do enough for you, booking us tours and train tickets, advising us on where to eat, visit etc. Just don't say you were an American. He hated Americans. And Israelis. Oh, and the French.
Luckily for us, we had landed just as a major Hindu festival was underway, and were witness to ...
... race into eternal shame. Let's get on with this fight. I'm starving!"
About 40 minutes into the dancing, prancing, drumming, numbing display the couple next to us grab their things and make for the exits. We look at each other quizzically but decide we'll keep going... after all, these performances often last all night and we're merely two and a half hours into the display.
Eventually Bhima kills Baka, in ridiculously comic style, by shoving his truncheon ...
... relocated back to Lisbon. Vasco apparently used Cochin as his base.
iv) Kathakali dancing - a very ancient form of dancing which has story telling as its central motive. We saw this in a very small (air-conditioned) theatre. This created some respite for us, as the weather was stifling. So humid here, you perspire and yet never dry out.
We conclude our day late: make a 2 hour road trip south to Kumarakom. A surprise pending.
... Kerala breakfast. This consisted of curry and rice patties. Delicious! Kochi is also the place to get fresh seafood. One night we had a fantastic dinner - masala fish steamed in a banana leaf accompanied by deep fried okra - it was heaven on a plate!
We really enjoyed staying in Kochi. It was such a contrast to north India and we immediately felt calm and relaxed. This was a great start to our south India leg.
High today is 93. I brought 4 blouses from California, exactly 1 of them suitable for 90 degree weather, and we're spending a week in this area. So it was time to shop. But where? Our guide suggested a shop, and the manager, a young woman, said "We are a women's cooperative. We employ 63 women who make our goods, and together they support over 180 people." Lady, you had me at "women's ...