Friday, March 11
Russ and Jesse went to yoga in the morning and then the three of us had an omelet at the roadside stand near the gas station. Then we worked out and hung by the pool. We went to a shack restaurant in Anjuna for sunsetters with a couple from the hotel; then Russ went to the casino and the rest of us went to Thalassa for dinnere.
Saturday, March 12
We all went to yoga this morning- Dave's first class ever was a level 2/3 vinyassa flow class! Afterwards we had brunch at German Bakery, did a little shopping and went to the supermarket to stock up for the train ride. We spent the rest of the day by the pool and then headed out for our overnight AC2 sleeper train to Cochin. It was only an hour late!
Sunday, March 13
We arrived in Cochin (aka Kochi) at around 10am and Babbu Joseph, our home stay host, was there to pick us up (or as they like to say in India, to pick us). He brought us back to the home he shares with his wife, Shaheeta and daughter, Anna, about 10k south of Ernakalum (the mainland part of the city). They had coconut pancakes with fried bananas waiting for us - yum! After resting and cleaning up Babbu drove us to Fort Cochin. We had lunch at Dal Roti (delicious kathi roll) and walked around, visiting St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery and the waterfront, where we got a Chinese fishing net demonstration and perused the fresh (?) fish for sale. Things got really crowded as sunset approached and whole families came out for Sunday evening family time, all dressed up. After the sun went down we took a taxi back to the guesthouse (he overcharged us, drove incredibly slowly, and yelled at us when he dropped us off) and had dinner there - fish curry, cauliflower and parathas. That night we realized that a non-AC room in 95 degree heat was not entirely pleasant. We were to take cold showers twice a day just to cool down.
Monday, March 14
|The line for ferry tickets|
Tuesday, March 15
|I attempt to eat curry and rice with my hand, Indian style|
Wednesday, March 16
Today we took a long, 5+ hour bus ride to Munnar. The bus had no a/c, horrible suspension and barreled around the winding mountain roads. As we got higher though, the air got cooler. It was wonderful. We got to Munnar in the early afternoon and took a rickshaw to Pavithram homestay in the nearby town of Devikulam. The owner Rajesh and his wife are both lawyers and we had two nice and cool rooms, no AC needed! We headed over to the tea plantation that is right behind the house and spent some time walking around and admiring the beautiful scenery. See post, Magnificant Munnar. We had dinner at the guesthouse that night.
Thursday, March 17