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India : Kochi, Pune

India : Kochi, Pune

3.3 - 7.3.2017 

Our first city in India was Cochin/Kochi, Kerala!  It was an easy direct flight from KL.  I knew it as the city where some dear friends since high school were born.  It has been a major trading port since ancient times with influences from the Romans and Greeks, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, Jews, Chinese and of course, British.  It is also a very naturesque part of the south.  A perfect first intro to India!

 Free roaming goats

Free roaming goats

Dhobi khana "Community laundry space" began in the 1920's by the British.  They brought Tamils from Sri Lanka over for the specific job of laundry.  Traditionally, men washed and women dried and ironed.  Washing includes soaking, beating clothing on rocks, double rinsing and starching with rice water.   Today, it is the older generation still doing the work.  The young are able to pursue schooling and outside work.

 Clothes are tucked between ropes.  No need for clothespin!

Clothes are tucked between ropes.  No need for clothespin!

 Charcoal Iron.  Heavy!

Charcoal Iron.  Heavy!

 Papadum making.  Kerala papadums are addictive.

Papadum making.  Kerala papadums are addictive.

 A women's co-op - sorting out dried ginger.

A women's co-op - sorting out dried ginger.

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We were so fortunate to be there at the time of Kochi Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art with pop up galleries and installations throughout town.

 i don't doubt this was done manually.  Amazing.

i don't doubt this was done manually.  Amazing.

We also spent one day doing the backwater tour.  Slowly, very slowly meandering through a network of rivers and canals.  The morning was good with visits to 2 industries along the route but the afternoon was quite boring.  When that happened, as in Halong Bay,  we were grateful for the good company of fellow travelers.

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 Lime making from clam shells

Lime making from clam shells

 Rope making from coconut husks

Rope making from coconut husks

 Work for women's co-op.

Work for women's co-op.

 We stayed 4 nights with a nice family who converted the upstairs into guests rooms.  

We stayed 4 nights with a nice family who converted the upstairs into guests rooms.  

7.3 - 19.3.2017  Pune

At the airport, our long anticipated flight to Pune to visit Anita, Sanjay and Eann Sojwal!

Twelve laid back days hanging out at the Sojwal's home.  Eating amazing Indian cuisine 3 times a day.  Back to a more consistent schedule of schoolwork.  Taking walks to a nearby club with paths and greeneries.  Enjoying little Eann's cuteness and the homey feel of settling in with friends.

 Anita has a lady coming in to clean the floors daily

Anita has a lady coming in to clean the floors daily

 schoolwork time

schoolwork time

 Alvin, Eli and a few helpers built a rocket stove!

Alvin, Eli and a few helpers built a rocket stove!

13.3 Holi Festival of Colors.  It is a Hindu spring festival that goes crazy with colored powder and water!  We went into town quite late in the day not knowing what to expect.  Well, pretty much right when we got into the city, we were drawn in by friendly locals ready to share their fun!

 Started with a water balloon fight around the corner from Anita's house.  It was too short lived.

Started with a water balloon fight around the corner from Anita's house.  It was too short lived.

 Waiting around for me as i bought some craft materials.

Waiting around for me as i bought some craft materials.

 Some got really into it.

Some got really into it.

During our stay, Anita's auntie and uncle from west India came to visit for a few days.  Sanjay planned a full day's outing for our group to the Maharashtra mountain ranges.  After a few hours drive, our first stop was at Tableland - Second largest mountain plateau in Asia.  The British established resorts and schools in this area.  Throughout the day, we drove to various scenic points - most with historic significance.  

 A resourceful corn roaster

A resourceful corn roaster

 We wrapped up our day at Mapro Fruit Farm.  It was less a farm and more a market.  Alvin and i spent time choosing some strawberry plants hanging in the front of the store as gifts to A&S.  To our surprise, the security man came and stopped us from taking the plants off their hooks.  You see, the real plants were the decorations.  Ops.  

We wrapped up our day at Mapro Fruit Farm.  It was less a farm and more a market.  Alvin and i spent time choosing some strawberry plants hanging in the front of the store as gifts to A&S.  To our surprise, the security man came and stopped us from taking the plants off their hooks.  You see, the real plants were the decorations.  Ops.  

It came the time to say Goodbye.  Goodbye to dear friends.  Goodbye to not having to search out food but fed with a feast every time.  Goodbye to sweet families who live in humble settings building for rich patrons.  With one week left on our visa, we took the train to the famous Golden Triangle - Jaipur, Agra & Delhi.  

 Finished!  A parting gift for little Eann.  Handmade with love.

Finished!  A parting gift for little Eann.  Handmade with love.

 Coconut Chutney in my dreams forever.

Coconut Chutney in my dreams forever.

India : Jaipur, Agra, Delhi

India : Jaipur, Agra, Delhi

Malaysia

Malaysia