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Chinese fishing nets.

12/10 - 12/12

Leaving Goa was not easy.  We finally found a place in India we liked, relaxed in, fit in.  In many ways, it was not India, or at least "Diet India".  But I wanted to see the Keralan Backwaters, so Kerala "God's own country" pulled us form the serenity of the bamboo bungalow.  For Rs 2700 we flew from Goa to Cochin.  We hired a prepaid taxi and headed out to Fort Cochin.  Kerala stood out like a beacon of Indian construction.  An entire city of lights, clear roads with lines, and buildings erect.  A part of India that wasn't in a perpetual state of falling down.  Kerala could pass for almost any European City.
I found the road!
 

We drove through this town and into
Fort Cochin.  After a bit of wandering, we settled into the Park Ave. Hotel, where the Swedes were already staying.  The 6 of us headed out for dinner, Kamilla, Idun, Gabriel, Wenche, Dan, and I.  At Marlboro Restaurant, the wine gourmet India cuisine, fresh coconut and spiced fish, bread, chocolate desert, and great conversation was perfect!  Full, we waddled back to the Park Ave, and crashed.

Cochin was an enchanting town with Chinese fishing nests, strong coffee in hip art studios, Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue from the 14th Century, and spice shops (where I bought 4 lbs of spices to send home).   In the morning Dan and I parted with our Swedish contingent, bid them farewell, hopped on a public bus, and made our way to Alleppey to the Greenpalms home stay.
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Chinese fishing nets.
Chinese fishing nets.
I found the road!
I found the road!
Idun shows the hard work involved …
Idun shows the hard work involved…
Buying spice out of the bag!
Buying spice out of the bag!
A spice shop.
A spice shop.
Cochin
photo by: Vikram