Friday, October 30, 2009

God's Own Country


Our second visit to Kerala this year was a work trip for my husband. We were put up at a hotel in Cochin close to the airport (read: far away from anywhere else!).

Jew Town

While my husband was working, I caught up on sleep, took a dip in the pool, and wandered the streets of Fort Cochin. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle from Cochin to Fort Cochin, and I took advantage.

Fort Cochin-Jew Town

I then walked from Fort Kochi to Jew Town and stopped at some of the several shops that dot the road along the way. Most of them are traders that sell rice, spices and tea in bulk, but there are several shops that cater to the tourist crowd.


I managed to get a few shots, but my camera battery died just as the light started to get nice. It was the first time since I've owned my camera that I thought it would be handy to have a spare.

Jew Town

I remembered this lady and her shop in Jew Town from my last visit there. She sews and hand embroiders kippahs, little baby dresses, and a lot of other stuff. She didn't look nearly that concerned the entire time I was chatting with her!

The older buildings on the island reflect Portuguese and Dutch architectural influences (including a synagogue and a Dutch Palace), but sadly, I don't have any photos to share. I walked back to Fort Cochin giving myself enough time to get out of the heat, sip on a fresh ginger-lime soda and read my book.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Re-entry is difficult

So much has happened in the past month and half, I'm not quite sure where to begin. So here is a random list of things to help me start:

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1. I spent the second half of September in the US of A. Spending two weeks on the other side of the planet made for a lot of rushing around and jet lag, but it was lovely to see family.


2. I was in Kerala for a week after we got back. Our trip involved some long bus rides and stunning country side. And we ate well.


3. I finished a couple of sewing projects before I left on the trip.

4. I missed yoga class for a month. It's dark when I get back from class these days. Sorry, no photo.


5. We enjoyed being in India for Diwali this year. It was noisy, but very festive.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Festival of Lights


Happy Diwali.