Kali, incense, and major construction!
Trip Start May 31, 2007
107Trip End May 20, 2008
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Anyway, the airport was absolutely filled to the brim with others waiting on their flights in Chennai. In the middle of the night even! The morning came and I checked into my flight on Kingfisher airways. Unbelievable service, was intercepted in line by a rep who took charge of my bags, checked me in while standing in line and guided through the entire check in process. WOW...so efficient and what service...in India as well. Setting new standards from how I experienced travel last year in this region.
My airport pickup didn't arrive so I arranged a pre-paid taxi and set off for what turned out to be about an hour drive to Fort Cochin from the airport....incessant honking, near collisions with rickshaws, bikers, mopeds and the like all the way. Finally I put on my IPOD just to cut the honking out of my ears and nodded off to sleep. Talk about a crazy explosion of holiday construction, tower, apartments, condominium resorts, huge billboards announcing a new shopping mall coming soon...I was thinking to myself, "and I left a tropical paradise for this?" When I woke up, the streets had turned to narrow roads and the character factor had gone significantly up as we entered the more historical area of town.
Checked into my home stay, got a good whiff of incense, and basically collapsed for about 5 hours. Wandered a bit after I woke up, did some essentials, ATM, water, bookstore (found my India guide!) and had masala chai and veggie samosas at the Teahouse a local place that could have been right in San Fran! Globalization.