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Day 1 - Arrival

Kochi (Cochin)

Day 1 - Arrival

Kochi (Cochin)
After starting my travels from 6 am, I was now on my last of three flights to Kochi – almost there!
I got my first glimpse of the culture when I was in the boarding lounge in Dosa Airport. Overwhelmed by the coding system onto the plane, I spoke to the locals where they told me that the airplane was so big and constantly full due to the enormously of the subcontinent. Already I was excited to realize just how much I would learn about a new and fascinating culture and my adventure had not yet begun!
When I landed, I saw the sign ‘Kochin Airport', I realized in excitement and anticipation that what had been a dream for so long had finally become a reality.
Cochin has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 60 years. It is a rich blend of influences and cultures. With giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old Synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the remains of the British Raj. This all merged together with medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted into the tropical Malabar Coast. The area is wealthy and is a producer of rubber (latex).

30 -32 degrees and humid – (tropical) reminded me of Tel Aviv in
July, in spite of it being November in India! I was later informed by the guide that it would get cooler I will travel through the South.

Once I arrived at the guest house, I met fellow travelers Keith and June from Lichfield and also Maria from Manchester to who I became good friends with throughout the southern part of my trip from Kochin to Backwaters. We went for lunch together and got to know each other as we walked around (and got lost in the town).

Posted by Odeliah 06:44 Archived in Israel

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