The International Hotel
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A nice comfortable bed and a good nights sleep always gives the morning a better feel. We had opted for the Indian Breakfast, when in Rome, it turned out to be very different but very nice. There was a curry type mixture, some dosa's, fruit juice, pineapple and tea, we certainly weren't left hungry. We decided it would be a day for exploring and we set off for town on a very clear and very warm morning. Downtown Alleppey was a a very ...
... who would throw the shuttle between wefts.
Upon arriving back in Kochi, David and I said goodbye to the group, had lunch with our new Brit friends (Karen and Mark), and did some last minute shopping. I picked up about 40 ceramic drawer pulls that I hope to use when we get back home and I start refinishing furniture again.
After a 2.5 hour ride by cab to the airport in bumper to bumper rush ...
... times daily depending on the seasonal tides. One of the boats saw us meandering around and invited us to join them in their fishing. We helped lift the nets and were escorted around the pulley contraption in between drops and pull-ups to be shown various parts of the fishing style. After an hour of chatting and helping out, we had got to know the head fisherman who was 5th generation Kochin fisher. He then shared with us some of the most delicious fish curry I have ...
... Alcohol in India is a huge problem, as it's readily available and costs next to nothing and can be made so easily. Most Indians who do drink, drink to get drunk as quickly as possible, and in our short time we have seen many a man stagger though the town at mid day - or fall asleep on the pavement because they can't make it home. - a bit like a Friday night in London!
Back to the tour - We were shown a local rope making factory which is a cottage industry in this part of ...
... in India.
In Kochin there are warehouses that are some of the oldest buildings, places where countless tons of whole and powdered plant products have been bagged and tagged for shipment all over India and across the globe. The smell of sun drying ginger roots, fresh pressed flower oils, cloves, bark of the cinnamon tree, sweet limes and especially the vaporous cardamom will stay in the mind for all time. The visions of swaying palm trees dangling with dates and ...