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Old 26th July 2009, 22:42   #61
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Fantabulous log Sam.. Keep it rolling.. Btw I am a Fort Cochinite.. Currently based in Bangalore..

Kashi Art Cafe is a nice place to relax.. it is hardly a Km from my house.. Life is very slow paced there compared to say Bangalore..

Thanks for sharing some nice captures.. But did you miss those Chinese fishing nets?


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Old 27th July 2009, 12:57   #62
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Default Day Three : Calicut

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It is almost 4.30 in the evening when we reach the Fortune Hotel in Calicut. We're quite tired.
Talk about misnomers. The Fortune hotel turns out to be a great misfortune. The room is awful, musty, moldy and worse, on top of the airconditioning plant.
We have a "club" room supposedly but the room is pathetic.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not fussy - but when you're paying close to 4000 bucks a night, you want better than this.

Strange, considering I've stayed at Fortune properties before - at Ooty and at Port Blair.

Still, we're here only for half a day, so we decide to make the most of it. Reception tells us that the best place for shopping is S.M. Street (or something that sounds like it)
We get into a rickshaw and go to this place.

I have a feeling we've been misguided. The place is a bustling stinky market, full of very ordinary things. We walk around a bit, catch a rickshaw to go elsewhere and look for handicrafts or curios or clothes. All rubbish.
While walking past the fruit market I notice some Rambutan!!

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That's insane!! Those who travelled with me to Malaysia will remember me enjoying this amazing fruit. It's like a Lychee crossed with a hairy monster and bloody delicious.
I usually enjoy it in Singapore a lot when I am there, but to see it on the streets of calicut is a bit unexpected.
As the days go by, I realise that this amazing fruit is quite easily available throught Kerala. However I also not that this is not old news as I often catch people staring at me most curiously while I chomp on these.

We return that evening to our hotel. All we have as a memory of calicut s a few dried dates and some rambutan.
Jenny spends the night alone in the room, eating some room service (a disaster order, from what I hear) and I spend the evening down in the banquet hall.

Arrangements are not terrific and I'm feeling a bit unwell. I have a cold coming on. I finish my presentation to a bunch of absolute expression-free dealers and then knock down some cold medicine without ice or water.

I escape early and get to bed. This has not been a very good first day for Jenny in Kerala.

Tomorrow we will catch a train to Cochin.
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Old 27th July 2009, 13:19   #63
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Default Day Four: Calicut to Cochin

There is complete confusion.

We have no train ticket and no idea what's going on. Our business associates are driving to Trivandrum from Calicut and want to drop us at Cochin. They will leave much later and I;d rather just go.
After some persuasion they agree, but only if the driver comes with us to the station.

While the driver parks at Calicut station, I walk up to the ticket counter.

I'd like to go to Cochin please.
The lady looks though the window and sizes me up.
You want to travel to cochin without reservation?
Yes.

What class?
I don't care. Second?

I can give you a sleeper ticket without reservation. Using this you can sit anywhere in the train on a sleeper and you can upgrade to AC also.
Thank you. That's fine.

I pay her 220 bucks for both tickets.

She's not given us tickets for the other train standing there. That one looks messy. No, our train is the Nizamuddin something.
Much to the driver's dismay, we don't want to upgrade.
But Sir...
We'll be fine. Go now.
But Sir...


And so we clamber into one the the 3 tier sleepers. Find ourselves a nice spot on the side with a 2 seater and settle in. It's noisy.

Chaya, chaya chaya!!
Caapi, cappi, caapi!!


Jenny is looking around in wonder at everything. I laugh. It has been many years since I did this. It brings back a lot of memories, of travelling through India with my parents.

The train leaves. What ensues is one of the most pleasurable journeys of our life.
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Old 27th July 2009, 13:32   #64
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Default Day Four: On the train

And so we're on the train.

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The air is fresh, the views are magnificent and the train is quick.

TheOne® is fascinated by the view and spends the entire 4 odd hours on the train peering out and taking in as much as she can of this beautiful countryside.

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I find those mondas fascinating.
What?
Mandos?
Mundu?
Yeah! Fascinating.
lol.


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Old 27th July 2009, 13:36   #65
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I find those mondas fascinating.
What?
Mandos?
Mundu?
Yeah! Fascinating.
lol.
Sam, you should have bought one and tried it on. Easy to wear, remove,flash and it aerates like a soda maker
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Dear cryptozoological Bhpian,

That was a nice read!
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Old 27th July 2009, 15:05   #67
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Default Day Four: Back to Cochin

Ernakulam Junction is a mad house!

Ashvin is waiting for us outside. We quickly get our bags off and meet him and he drives us to Fort Cochin

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Of course, we are already late for our appointment with lunch and prawns.

We drive straight to our friends hotel and he joins us soon after.

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No we're not staying here, tonight we will stay at the Fort House hotel.

Lunch is magnificent to say the very least. My cold has gotten from bad to worse and I feel a dull headache coming on. I sure hope I'm not going to be ill.
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Old 27th July 2009, 15:07   #68
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Sam, you are making me dangerously "homesick" for Kerala. Ahh... watching that view out of the train window.

And yet... even just a few days ago our Malu inlaws, who have heaps of family still there and visit often, were talking of the downside of living there; the difficulties of getting stuff done, the negotiations with the local unions/poiticians...

But hey, none of that need interefere with the joy of visiting Kerala
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Default Day four: Fort Cochin

I am unwell.

You can always tell I am unwell when I stop taking photos.

Ashvin, Jenny and I are chilling at Kashi Art Cafe. We have not even checked into the hotel yet.

In a little while we get up and go to Fort House. The property is beautiful. Jenny takes a few photos and then later I take a few too.

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We walk out to the private pier at the hotel.

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Ashvin finally takes what will be our only photo together on this trip.
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I stand at the edge of the pier and take 3 photos to complete the view from where I am.
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This is truly a gorgeous, gorgeous place. I really wish my head was not throbbing this hard. I can feel the illness coming on.

We walk around the property a little longer, exploring with whatever little time we have.

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Let's take a walk around Fort Cochin!
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That looks lovely.

I used to stay at Brunton's Boatyard in Kochi. Aburdly expensive. This looks just as nice at a fraction of the price. Noted for the future
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I used to stay at Brunton's Boatyard in Kochi. Aburdly expensive. This looks just as nice at a fraction of the price. Noted for the future
The Brunton Boatyard is ridiculously
expensive Nick.
Not worth it IMO. Some may disagree.
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I agree!

Casino group has some wonderful resorts, and their service is excellent, but certainly beyond my means these days. I was working in those days
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Stuck in Rajkot

The story will continue only on Monday now. Sorry.
Rajkot? Where were you put up in Rajkot, Sam?

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Rajkot? Where were you put up in Rajkot, Sam?
I was staying at the Neel City Club. Why?
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I was staying at the Neel City Club. Why?
Are you talking about Rajkot in Gujarat ?
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