Cochin - Saturday, January 26, 2002
Got here about noon. Took a bus from Allepey around 10 am. A
French couple came also. The bus wasn't actually going to Cochin,
but to a town just next to it called Ernakulam, so when the bus
was about to cross the bridge to get there, we jumped off to save
us having to take an auto rickshaw all the way back. However,
we acted a little too quickly, because we didn't really have a
clue were we were. I had a map of the area, but that doesn't do
much good if you don't know where you are.
So I started asking autodrivers how much it was to go to Fort
Cochin, which is where I wanted to go and they were quoting very
high prices, so we realized we were pretty far off from our destination.
The French couple decided to go to Ernakulam after all, so when
I finally saw a local bus passing with the name 'Fort Cochi' in
the window - I ran and managed to jump on just in time. Got lucky
In the end I got to where I wanted and found myself a room in
a small hotel. Then I went to have lunch at a nice art cafe that
I had passed earlier. When I had a look around me I suddenly noticed
this couple I knew I had seen before. I quickly remembered it
was some friends of Sonal. I had met them in Delhi a couple of
times. Magda & Mark from England. I walked over to say hello
and they too were like: "Yes, we knew we had seen you before,
but didn't remember where" Quite a coincidence. So we had
lunch together. The best lunch I ever had in India. Brown bread
tuna sandwich & great mushroom soup.
Magda is working in Ernakulam which is basically 20 minutes from
here with a ferry and bus. Mark is working in Hyderabad, but was
on a weekend visit. Magda invited me to come stay at her flat
for a few days. So I will go there next week. It shall be nice
to have a little break from the travelling life.
Today I have just been wandering around here. Its almost no hassle,
so it was very relaxing. I also went the the Jewish part of town
(apparently there where a lot of Jewish people who came here many
years ago. There are many shops with sooo many great antiques
and also a lot of spice shops. I bought some Tea masala.
There is also an art festival going on, so something will happen
along the beach this evening. I think some puppet show among other
things. I will go and have a look in a wee bit.
I guess from my entries this last week, it is pretty obvious
that I had a kind of shitty week, felt a bit lonely after leaving
Auroville and Mammallapuram, but today everything is good again.
This town has a really good athmosphere, that does count for a