The lost afternoon

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 31, 2007


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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

We arrived in Mangalore around 3pm, after a very uncomfortable 2 hr bus journey from Udipi.  2 hrs is pretty small fry in terms of average journey times in India but the comfort level is all important.  There are so many things you need to look out for when you decide where abouts to plonk yourself down in the bus (always assuming you have a choice of seat). Avoid the seats over the wheelarch - they're excessively bumpy. Avoid seats where someone has been sick out of the window and left a nice trail of it to obscure your view. Avoid seats which don't recline or (more often) don't unrecline from having previously been reclined too aggressively. Avoid seats strewn with peanut shells. Avoid seats with wet patches too. Avoid seats with no room for one's legs to dangle in front (as is the usual custom in the homo sapiens species).  Don't panic - there will ususally be one seat in the bus that doesn't suffer from (one or more of) these defects. However, you will need to be very persuasive to get the driver to give it up to you!
Our seats each benefited from about 3 of the aforementioned 'special features', so we were very relieved to get to Mangalore.  From there a rickshaw dropped us at the station so we could queue for an hour in the 30 degree heat for train tickets to Cochin that night which, fortunately, we secured. We then spent a pleasant couple of hours in Tagore Park reading, until the mozzies came out to play, when we headed into town to an internet cafe to upload some photos.  Then across the road to the Mangalore International Hotel to purchase a sari - I've always wanted one but let Rachel buy it so as not to arouse suspicions :o) - from the aptly-named Sari Palace.  A delicious meal at the hotel's Navaidyan restaurant - the best truly Indian cooking we've had on the trip so far - followed, and then it was time to head back to the station to pick up our packs from the not-so-aptly-named 'cloakroom' which seemed to have been used as a storeroom for dried chili peppers.
The journey from Mangalore in Karnataka state to Kochi (an alternative rendering of Cochin) was blissful though - all of nine and a half hours of it.  We had blankets and it was cool and I slept though virtually all of it.  When we awoke, we were in Kerala, where we'll remain until we leave India, temporarily, for Sri Lanka. (T)
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mummil
mummil on

Christmas Preparations
As usual, I am far too distracted by the Christmas missives of the doings of my friends (delighted to hear my God Daughter is expecting a baby) and family (like reading your last 6 entries!) to be getting on with things but just in case you are feeling home sick at Christmas:
The weather is disgusting - thick fog and freezing - a horrid journey to Stanstead yesterday to pick up Ant from Verona!
I am sleeping on a matress on the floor, because my new metal bed came with a bent leg and it takes 6-8 weeks to re-ordrer from INDIA (where it is made!)
I haven't finished my Christmas Shopping!
ditto food!
ditto paperwork!
ditto ANYTHING!
Ant has no car (you may have known that) so I have to do all shopping and errands in Sussex!
We have no Christmas tree or decorations up(in Sx)!
I have (VERY FOOLISHLY) arranged 3 parties on consecutive days - lunch for 20, followed by drinks etc for 12, followed by New Year's Eve dinner for 7
AND I have only Ant at home to help (Nic off skiing) and my other son is on a short honeymoon.
lots of love Mum/Mil

chippy
chippy on

Weather
O to be in England, now that winter's here !

nic1
nic1 on

Christmas coming
Ah very jealous. Just a quickie to say am sending you an email. Haven't sent it yet - suggest you check it Christmas Eve, to wich you happy chrimbo and give you my news in brief.

Hope you are enjoying Kerala ... when is the next post!

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