Phew! Away from the city and to the coast.

Trip Start Nov 16, 2004
Trip End Nov 15, 2005

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

We arrived in Fort Cochin early this afternoon after a 12 hour overnight sleeper train from Bangalore.

I'm glad we started as we did as I am much more appriecative of the relaxed quiet atmosphere here compared to the last 6 days!

Stayed for 3 nights in Bangalore, switching hotels after the first night as we found another place slightly cheaper that works out at 2 pounds pppn - helps towards the budget. On the upside it had a tv so we could catch up with the footy, watching the Man Utd game live. On the downside it was very noisy so I haven't had much sleep - still no work today. haha! I did manage to wedge myself into the small bed on the train and got a good sleep.

We spent our time in Bangalore in a similar fashion to Chennai. Exploring the streets and trying to take everything in. I feel I have smoked a few packs of cigarretes over the past days due to all the diesel fumes from the numerous vehicles fighting for a place on every inch of road. This would explain why most of the locals have to make disgusting noises to bring up the phlegm full of diesel in their lungs and spit it in any direction they can. Whilst dodging the cars, rickshaws, people, beggars and cows that share the streets we have been eating like Kings for a very small amount - my diet at present consists of 2 vegetable curries a day.

Did a couple of touristy things yesterday and visited the Parliament building and High Court of Bangalore. We had contradicting advice from security at the Parliament building - one side saying it was open to the public and the other saying it wasn't. We didn't get to see inside but it was quite an impressive building (especially in contrast to some of the buildings I have seen standing). We were allowed into the High Court that was in an equally impressive building. It must have contained over a 100 court rooms all in uniformed rows. A few advocates (lawyers) took the time to chat. We got a bit further than the routine and frequent conversation we have with people on the street which goes along the lines of 'Where from?'.

Overall the time in Chennai and Bangalore as been a good start for this trip. I haven't hated it as I thought I might have done. It has been fun watching thousands and thousands of people going about their lives. I have never seen so many people in 1 week.

We arrived in Fort Cochin from Cochin via a 15 minute boat ride and found more westerners than we had seen all week so you can tell we have arrived in a more tourist driven area. Although it is a lot more key than I expect Goa to be. After a fish and green pepper dinner (yes, that's fish, I ate fish and enjoyed it!) ate by the sea I actually feel like I'm on holiday! I'll drink a few beers tonight for you all. Ah, only 51 weeks left.

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