Kochi, kochi, kochi....
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
26Trip End Oct 03, 2009
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Train stations (or any stations for that matter) are soo interesting. Indians do what is necessary at that time. As i was getting off my train in Ernakalum , thank goodness, i saw a group of men at each economy train door pushing and shoving to get on, as there were aboot 10 peeps too many at each door seriously overflowing the door, heads, hands poking through. I had been on a sleeper carriage illegally (one class above) by accident and was ever so thankful then that the ticket inspector didn't make me move to economy with my eco ticket. Saying that though...i do like to take the economy class or lower classes as i do learn more aboot the culture and way of life by being fully immersed, in those few hours than i ever would on aircon 1st class or superior classes
So then another rickshaw ride to the ferry and then a 15 min ferry to get to the Fort, Kochi...finally. A small, prosperous, friendly place and relatively clean. I felt comfortable here which was a nice change. The more properous bit and tourist bit is predominantly Christian..while there is also a Jewish and Muslim community not too far away. I enjoyed a nice stroll through these communities more so as they were very friendly and the people and the buildings had more character. At the shore there are fishermen everywhere using these huge oldfashioned nets that take 5 men to use. One group called me over and i had a very enjoyable afternoon just hanging oot with them. Every 5mins the net must be raised by the 5 men to see what fish they got, which is very few and very small. I was a fisherwomman as they let me take my turn.I loved how i had a go and loved just chllin' in their hut...it was a great experience.
I also noticed here that i saw Indian couples holding hands for the first time ...it was nice to see. So there must be 'love' marriages here rather than arranged marriages which is still most common. It makes sense with the difference in religion. 'Love' marriages in more modern families are becoming more common, even with Hindus and most of the time they have a choice in the marriage but arranged is still the norm for the most part, its what they know. My friend Vikas, said no to any arranged marriage that his parents were trying to set up...and his parents accepted that.
Oh yes and i went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned and polished. The opportunity arised, it was clean, it was cheap, it was right, it was totally worth it. The dentist told me my teeth were yellow and polishing wouldn't fix that and i said i was ok with that, and just polishing would be fine, no whitening or cosmetic stuff. He did a great job. And as soon as i got over my insult, I was happy.
And there is Kochi...a bit of everything in the mix.