Walking Around in Fort Kochi
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Waiting room? Sales job offer Trash Jewish quarter Workers from the dockyard going home Street art Santa Claus ready to be burnt at midnight “Look Me” says the spice market Spices being dried with the worker taking a nap Renew … Read More

Thodupzha to Kochi
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Christmas decoration in Kerala. There are really many christian churches in Kerala. Lovely setup, with burned trash. Barber at 80 Rupies (1.05 Euro). India beats many countries here! Jesus, enlightened Locals guided us on an old viaduct road Veg on … Read More

Smartphone Repaired!
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Hooray, Samsung Service Center in Kochi replaced the display, so my GalaxyS8 is working again. The 25 Dec 2017 track was still running and is now recovered.

Booze Shop
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We get better at finding them!

Strange Washing
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We saw these in several locations. And we did not yet find out what they are for. Hypothesis: Dry moist rice cake before baking it.

Driving Around on Small Roads
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We are leaving the mountain area towards Kochi. Seeking small roads to get some more feel about Kerala – and potentially find remote, poorer villages. But there are no poor villages. Pepper being dried next to the road. A well … Read More

Sweet Waiter-Owner
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The waiter kept standing next to us after bringing stuff, so I asked him to pose for a photo. It turned out he is the owner of the place. He even asked us about our opinion about the color of … Read More

No Wifi, But Beer
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The accomodation we finally found has no wifi. The mobile network showed “E” (edge, max 384 kbit/s) – too slow to enjoy. So we went for a walk and found “4G” holding the smartphone up. Use one-hand-standing mode for typing. … Read More

Rooftop Chair
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AFree spotted this

Lemon Tea, Apple, Cocoa
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We are offered these while waiting for her husband checking accomodations in the area. But: No.

Confusing Sign
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Accomodations are fully booked almost everywhere. We have to move again although we would have liked to stay one more night. We find places at 5000 Rupies and above. Nothing is below 2.500 Rupies. Don’t travel in high season in … Read More

Shopping in Adimali
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Finding the Samsung Service Center and the beer store.

Munnar to Anachal
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Changing stay because it could not be prolonged.

Buying Beer in Adimali
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Ask any male in the city where you can buy beer. They will know. In Adimali, we had to ask several times because we happened to be far from the place. The closer we got, going slow and looking around, … Read More

Buying Toothpaste
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You encounter communism in the details: Buying toothpaste in any random supermarket goes like this: Grab the toothpaste from the shelf. (Actually, a supermarket employee came after us “offering” a basket). Pay at clerk No. 1. Get receipt with all … Read More

Souvenir from Adimali
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Soooo many nice communist flags in Adimali… we honor communism and will put one of the flags in A’s living room.

Welding at the Beer Station
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Cables without plugs inserted into sockets.

Driving Around Near Munnar
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Actually, the road to Adimali (Samsung Service Center!) is very busy. Congestions in both directions due to the holiday season. This brings extra thrill to driving, since A. can overtake several cars at once when further down 2 busses try … Read More

Watching a Kalaripayattu Show
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The second show right afterwards was a martial arts show.

Watching a Kathakali Show
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Before the show, you can watch the artists do their make-up. Bascially, he was sitting there grimacing. The eye-rolling was amazing though. The second part of the show was a pantomime dialogue. As always, when weapons are present, there is … Read More

Another Procession
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Is this the budget version of flowers? Veg in paper bin?

Two Birds Interested in Fresh Socks
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They were looking at the socks and discussing heavily.

Religious Procession
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Wild dancers and drummers come first. Then come ladies with nice flower arrangements. The comes the main character. She is pulling a little wagon with an altar – with hooks inserted into her back skin. Her mouth is perforated with … Read More

Smartphone broken
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A’s smartphone did not survive being a navigational system on an Royal Enfield Bullet 350. The upper part of the display has ceased to react to finger movements. I will wait for the battery to die and restart. But probably, … Read More

Arrived in Munnar
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This town has not waited for us either. High season – all full. We checked 10+ places. Finally, we found a pretty run-down room for 2.500 Rupies at a homestay. The manager asked to keep our passports. No. He wanted … Read More

Driving Through Tea Plantations towards Munnar
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We have not seen any elephants. Most likely, they hide during these days of intense touristic traffic.