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Friday, March 30, 2001
Kochi (Ernakulam), India
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Kochi (Ernakulam), India:
Latitude: 9° 58' 4" North
Longitude: 76° 17' 4" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 10171 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Aiswarya

Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Kerala
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Chinese fishing nets Fort Cochin, Kochi, India

Chinese fishing nets Fort Cochin, Kochi, India

Chinese fishing nets Fort Cochin, Kochi, India

Delivery man Fort Cochin, Kochi, India

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1450
Linear Dist: 274699
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
More stats...
Hotels: 579
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 97
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4563

Journal Entry:
We'd planned on doing a city tour this morning, but I had trouble sleeping last night and when the alarm went off - I was way to tired so I talked Amy in to skipping the tour and I went back to sleep for another hour. The tour didn't do or go anywhere we couldn't do / go on our own. We walked to the ferry, stopping for an ok breakfast of street food (I don't even know the names of what we ate, but one thing was vaguely similar to French Toast). We took a ferry across to the Cochin Fort district and walked around. There are the Chinese Fishing net structures set up right on shore there so we explored and watched for a while - a pod of dolphins came through while we were there. We walked around the fort remnants but there really isn't much left. We then wandered into the Dutch graveyard - a little interesting, it's so overgrown that you can't even see the tombs or stones - and when you do find them they are way to weathered to read any inscription or date. In our efforts to cut across the island to the synagogue we found the St. Francis church - not really very exciting. From the church it was a very long walk - and it was very hot and humid. So when we finally did find the Synagogue and it was closed... well, luckily it was going to open in a few hours, so we just browsed a couple bookstores (I bought) and antique stores (Amy bought) and then had a light lunch (including ice cream and several cold drinks). The synagogue (the oldest on the British Commonwealth) was a little bit of a disappointment. Not uninteresting, but only interesting enough to kill five minutes - not sure it was worth the effort. We decided to wait for a different ferry just to have a new experience on our way back to Ernakulam.

Back on the other side we hustled for the Singapore airlines office before they closed - Amy wanted to get her tickets changed. We made it and she got it done and then walked back to the hotel. Since we're going our separate ways tomorrow we wanted to go to a nice diner. We ended up at a fantastic Chinese restaurant - the first good non-Indian food I've had in India!

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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