Crazy Kochi and Kathakali!!!
Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
191Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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We got to stay in Mumbai last night at a cool airport hotel with a laser show, aquarium, and glass elevators
Tonight we went for a sunset cruise on a little boat. We motored past the Chinese fishing nets, which are huge and have big rocks hanging from them, and we saw a huge German cruise ship right next to us. We also saw the Indian Coast Guard station and a Liberian cargo ship. I did not see any dolphins yet. The captain let Lu and me drive the boat, which was fun.
It is the day before Thanksgiving, so I also talked to my Gram Anne on the phone
Tonight before a seafood dinner, we went to watch a Kathakali dance and some guys doing cool martial arts things with swords and sticks. The Kathakali dancers were all men, although one of them was dressed like a woman. They acted out a play with Lord Shiva and a hunter, who is trying to take Lord Shiva's bow and arrow. The actors wear these huge costumes, with big skirts and super tall hats. Their faces are painted in crazy colors, like green and one guy had a daisy on his nose. They make all sorts of weird movements with their eyes - it looks like they are about to pop out sometimes. After the play, we met the actors, who were very sweaty and skinny, then had dinner in the dark because there is a blackout here for part of the night to save energy. We also wrote notes to Indrajit, who I miss. We drive to a new place tomorrow - maybe I will see more tigers!