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COCHIN, INDIA

QUEEN OF THE ARABIAN SEA


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We have crossed the equator as we sailed from Africa to India, with the last two days on the beautifully calm Arabian Sea and have made land! By the way, the time here is 10 ½ hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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Our first of three ports on the western coast of India is the small town of Cochin in the Indian State of Kerala. We decided a bus tour would be the best introduction to this city of peninsulas and islands.

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Amazing what you can see from a bus window…...

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…or from a walk along the road!

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These dramatic Chinese fishing nets are said to have been introduced here by traders from the Court of Kublai Khan.

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The nets scoop up whatever fish are passing by (no bait is used) – they are easily raised and lowered by the fisherman using weights and leverage.

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Our ship’s escort, “Sir Ed”- so named by our tour guide, Rajan.

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Malayalis people say they grow the best cardamom in the world – so we had to get some to bake Swedish coffee bread this summer! Lille Hästa asked to pose with the sales girls.

Posted by Swenigale 02:28

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