Today I was pleased to find that the synagogue was open, after I walked
there, so got to see the famous tiles (or many of them). There are mats
down on much of the floor, and I didn't see any salacious ones. The
murals in the "Dutch Palace", now a museum, made up for that lack. I
should have written down the way the caption put it, but now I see what
can be done with four arms each. The district around there has many
shops, including bookshops, and I was sorely tempted, but resisted. I
may regret that.
I then rode the ferry for 2 1/2 rupees, first back to the Fort Kochi
stop, and then in to Ernakulum, where I wandered around a bit to get
oriented, had a reasonable fish biriani lunch, and caught the ferry back
to Fort Kochi. I drank 2 liters of water in 5 hours out.
I had just arrived back in my room when I was told I had a telephone
call at the desk. By the time I put my clothes back on, they'd rung
off, so in anticipation of a another call, I sat at the computer for an
hour. Seconds after I gotten back to the room, there was another knock
at the door, and it was two local amateurs, Sam VU3MME and Shaji VU3VUL,
who'd ridden 30 km two-up on a small motorcycle to see me (it was Sam
who'd called). We chatted for a while, and then had the obligatory
photo session, which took longer then usual, since Shaji is a
photographer by trade, and it had to be set up exactly right. They kept
telling me I have to see more of Kerala then just the tourist sights, so
I promised them I'd try to come back soon, and Shaji, especially, said
he'd show me the real Kerala. He extended that offer to any of my
friends, too, so ...
I do want to come back. I like this place, and do feel I've only
lightly touched here.
There was thunder in the distance, so they had to leave before the rain
started. A bit later I decided that going to Dolphin Point to the fish
market for dinner was a bit risky, so I opted for squid and vegetables
at the hotel. In fact, it started raining while I was eating. I had a
Kerala pancake, which I'd call a crepe, with coconut, cashews, and
raisins as fill, for dessert. And drank another liter of water.
So tomorrow I spend most of the day traveling to Delhi, and will try to
arrange a day trip to Agra for the Taj Mahal the next day. So far,
things have worked out pretty well, so I'm not too anxious.
I got to actually look at my LJ pages with a browser this afternoon, and
have no idea why the formatting changes between narrow and wide. I'm
letting the mail program do carriage returns (I think), so it all should
I had no problems getting to the airport, although it's an hour drive,
even with minimal traffic, and with very nice weather, as I'm leaving.
And, I was spotted by one of the families with whom I'd shared my
Lakshadweep trip, so we had a snack and chat. They're on the same
flight, since it goes to Mumbai and then Delhi. They're from Pune, which seems to be relatively near Mumbai.