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Nov 25, 2017 - Returning to Kattakkada

We have seen Sharon Lumber, Judson Footwear, Brian Agencies, Lawrence Lodgings. Kerala is a state with the Communist Party in power, so we see lots of flags with the hammer and sickle. Heading back to Kattakkada and Sheeja's house, we stopped at the Sujindrum Temple for over an hour. About 1,500 years old, hand carved sandstone, with lots of worshippers. So impressive! Despite the 33 degree temperature, the construction allowed for cool breezes throughout the dozens of rooms, pillars altars, and walkways. Always a melodrama though: as I...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Kanniyakumari

Bags packed. Leaving Kovalum and heading out to pick up the gang at Sheeja's and drive to Kanniyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin. Big waves and jellyfish in the beach water now. Jud got stung about 4 times yesterday and the Russian girl he was with got stung about a dozen times before they could get in. 31 degrees that feels like 38, so cooler today! A day of firsts. First time for me to see a working elephant on the street, as we drove through a small town between Sheeja's town of Kattakkada and our destination on the southern tip of...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Birthday

Today is Brian's 69th birthday, and our last day at Kovalum Beach. The twins have had bad head colds and Brian woke up needing a Sudafed first thing. Enough!!! It seemed to work and he's up for what the day might bring. We are taking Jud to see the old house that the family lived in up until last month - a concrete box with an outhouse and well, but with a decent yard, in a rabbit warren of Muslim houses, and Sheeja's family are Hindu. Later we'll have a visitation by some of Vasu's relatives, who have apparently just started speaking to...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Elephants

Today both Brian and Jud are feeling healthy. Thank goodness. Both have energy and are feeling positive. It is about 36 degrees, or will be later, and overcast. The weather network say 36 but feels like 41. In this humid, oppressive heat, we decided we needed to find an ATM in order to pay the driver, and for incidentals. We were told to walk in a certain direction and ended up having to walk the entire length of the beach, around a corner, up some steps, up a hill and panting heavily came to one -- but not working! Directions from many men...

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Nov 21, 2017 - Dentist

The last two nights we have had fantastic displays of sheet lightening, thunder, and heavy rains. So happy it's taking place at night and we are settled in by then. A report by the charity group WaterAid for World Toilet Day on Sunday said that more than 700 million Indians still suffer the indignity of relieving themselves in the open, or using unsafe toilets. My brother sent me this quote after seeing a report about a government minister caught relieving himself in a field on World Toilet Day that has gone viral over here. There is a...

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Nov 20, 2017 - A Good Day

Brian is beginning to feel better while taking his probiotics from home and the Indian pills I bought him last night to stop bloating. Today we set out at 9:15 am with our driver to make the one hour pilgrimage to Sheeja's house. Again she had breakfast waiting for us. Popadams, chai, idlipom, vegetable subji, chutney. Our mission today was to make an appearance, first, at the 2 year old twins' play school. Fortunately, I brought coloured felt pens from Costco, stickers for teachers to put on projects for good work done, some small school...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Kovalum Beach

Brian began the day with another cup of the magical potion of liquid like the day before, as it helped him enough to give him some energy to be active yesterday. This morning we had Abi, the driver, pick up the family and bring everyone to us at Kovalam Beach. Sheeja was up at 4 am making us breakfast which she brought with her, to feed us in the hotel room. Once again, delicious! String hoppers made of rice, with coconut chutney, chicken curry, potato dish, and even chai tea brought in a thermos. She is very kind and thoughtful and wants...

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Nov 18, 2017 - Kerala

We left Ranchi in two cabs to accommodate all the luggage most of which was gifts for everyone in the family. First obstacle was having to unlock two duffle bags after they x-rayed all our luggage, finding several items with batteries included. The five security officers were very impressed with the Power Rangers action figures as they could light up and make noise. They played with them for a while before asking me to pull out the 4 small solar lights I had bought at Costco. Next we had to get extra legroom for Judson's 6 foot 5 inch...

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Apr 9, 2017 - Cochin

Indians are great at bureaucracy. This is the only country on our itinerary that required visas, pricey one at that. We have three government officials onboard for the next week whose job it is to check us in and out of each of the four provinces we will visit. We had a face to face encounter with them to stop here and had to carry tourist cards with our photographs on them. As we got back onboard we handed those tourist cards in and some fairies are going to bring us new ones for the next destination while we sleep tonight. Much ado about...

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Jan 20, 2017 - A peaceful day houseboating

A days rest has done wonders for me and I awake with an appetite today so glad that one day off has done the trick. Can’t say the same for Joanne and Pauline who continue to suffer. On our return Joanne does the smart thing and gets some medicine from the ships doctor that a goodnight sleep and a sea day tomorrow should help. We are in the state of Kerala they call ‘God’s own country’ and the town of Cochin or Kochi as the locals call it today. Kerala is a small state comparably accounting for only 2% of Indian’s land mass and primarily...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Cochin et les canaux d'Allepey (Backwaters) - Inde

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/PfBREgD2BFkRo3em9 Quel meilleur moyen de terminer notre 2 mois en Inde qu'une navigation douce & romantique des canaux d'Allepey sur notre propre bateau-maison pour 3 jours. MAGIQUE!!!! Allons-y! Découvrons les Backwaters du Kerala! Un vol de 2 heures nous emmène de Mumbai à Cochin dans l'état sud indien du Kerala. Une fois rendue, un sympathique chauffeur de taxi nous accompagne pour l'heure et demie qui sépare l'aéroport et notre point...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Temples and heroes

Madurai is famous for its huge, wildly decorative Meenakshi temple to Shiva, and as the city in which Gandhi adopted the simple peasant tunic as his mode of dress. Our hotel is The Nook, a business-oriented establishment not unlike the hotels we used as state workers on essential state business back in the day. The temple was interpreted for us by a local guide. She was new to the guiding business and was as enthusiastic as they come. Our questions were sometimes completely misunderstood, but the answers were always entertaining. There are...

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