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We headed to Kochi from the home stay with a boat and bus ride - about 3 hours.  In Kochi we set up in the hotel and the girls went to get henna while me and the boys went down to the harbour to see what there was to do.  Not muh - lots of indians wandering along the promenade - a bad smell from the sea - probably from indian toilet stops in it - indians piss and shit anywhere that is possible - and then we went and found a wicked local cafe style restaurant and after some confusion paid for our food at the counter - gave our drink and food receipts to different people, and got our wares from each repective person!  It was pretty tasty and dirt cheap.  This is what I had been expecting on the trip, and it was much more fun to eat with the locals - esecially now we were braver with what to eat! 

That night we went to see the Kathakali dance - check the pictures.

  This is not a dance exactly - in the sense that it is not supposed to be entertainment.  The dancers are considered to be priests - as they become the Gods that they are playing - and the dance is actually a medium of communicating with the Gods and honouring them.  It is normally done in the temple - but this is for tourists to see it and for the dancers to make some extra cash!  It was really good - very different.  First we watched them put on their make up and then they danced a scene about a God and a Goddess - where the Goddess has been invaded by an evil spirit - and tries to seduce the God.  But the realises and banished the spirit.  The methos of dancing is really odd - everything is done with facial expression and contortion.
  Theidea being to keep your feeling inside and not open your mouth i think!  Certainly an experience.

Afterwards we went to another  5* hotel for an expensive dinner I couldn't afford.  There was a pizza hut on the same steet - wish I'd gone there!  Didn't do much after except go back to the hotel - watch braveheart - and knock my mole off my arm on the light switch.  Great!

Next day we left mainland Kochi for Fort Kochi - a wicked man made island that actually had character and charm.  I really liked this place- little streets with antique and misc shops.  We visited a beautiful synagogue, the maharajas summer residence, and a church, as well as seeing the chinese fishing boats.  We went for lunch at a cool little art cafe full of backpackers - and got pumpkin soup and a veggie toastie for about one pound!

Had to do the rounds for some family xmas pressies, seeing as the stuff was good and this was a port town.

The Kathakali dancers putting on their make up
  Got some nice things - and wrote all my xmas cards, and jumped on a boat to the mainland to try post them.  Had to have them stitched into cotton at a tailors - which they over charged me for hideously - and pushed in a the post office to send them but didnt have enough money and had to run because we had an overnight train to catch.  Bit of a disaster - have to post them in mysore i guess.

This time we had the upper class sleeping carriage on the train - much better.  People cant wander through and its air onditioned rather than pen windowed with fans.  Slept much better and felt safer too.  Nice.  In the morning we were already in Mysore!

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The Kathakali dancers putting on t…
The Kathakali dancers putting on …
Kathakali dancer putting on make up
Kathakali dancer putting on make up
The kathakali dancer has his kneck…
The kathakali dancer has his knec…
Male playing female Kathakali
Male playing female Kathakali
Male Kathakali
Male Kathakali
The evil spirit inside the Goddess…
The evil spirit inside the Goddes…
HMV in its humblest origins  If on…
HMV in its humblest origins If o…
Cochin harbour - lucky this isnt …
Cochin harbour - lucky this isn't…
The chinese fishing method - lower…
The chinese fishing method - lowe…
Chinese fishing method
Chinese fishing method
Capsicum pepper stall - they deep …
Capsicum pepper stall - they deep…
Our huge chocolate cakes!
Our huge chocolate cakes!
BRU - this ones for Diogo
BRU - this ones for Diogo
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photo by: Vikram