A quick tour of Fort Kochi before back to Delhi
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel Eurostar (budget airport hotel)
We then agreed a one hour sightseeing tour with a rickshaw driver for 50 rupees as it was so early which was great value. We went to the Royal Palace, Jew Town (a descriptive name), The Synagogue, a Ginger factory where Lady E had a go at drying the ginger, a laundrette!! (This was actually very interesting) it was huge and all done by hand, the iron was a very heavy old cast iron thing full of embers to make it hot
The taxi ride to the airport was as eventful as ever, we had a very, very near miss with another vehicle at one point and the usual traffic light women carrying babies knocking on the car window begging. We enjoyed a couple of veg samosas and chicken puffs in the departure 'lounge' and played a few games to amuse ourselves - The Guess Who Game (you describe someone in the departure lounge by answering only yes or no - the player has to guess who the victim is, and the 'Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat game' - where you sing as opposed to say anything you want to speak about as if you were in a musical. Oh but it keeps us amused. There was a huge downpour while we were waiting to depart, the first rain that we have seen on our trip so far, yes we've seen snow and sleet but no actual rain until now.
The no frills Indigo Airlines flight was a long drawn out one as we had to stop off at Hyderabad en route, however we got to Delhi at about 10.30pm and got a prepaid taxi to our hotel. The hotel was down a really grotty street but quite nice, anyway, all we wanted was a bed as our flight was scheduled for 10.40am which meant leaving the hotel at 7.40am the next day. We met a German man in the reception who was stuck in Delhi as his flight home had been cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud leaving European and UK air space closed, he couldn't get a flight for about a week, someone else was stuck here until May - oh god, I can think of so many more nicer places to be stuck than Delhi in a heat wave..........I will say my prayers tonight!