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January 12th 2006
Published: January 20th 2006
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Our next adventure took us to the Backwaters of Kerela, where we boarded a massive houseboat. The decor was lovely and the rooms were better than some of the hotels we've stayed in! We only had 24 hours on the boat, so once we'd set off we sat down for an amazing lunch with some of the best curry so far. We then relaxed and watch the worl go by on the waters, passing beautiful paddy fields and quaint properties on the side of the banks.

When we docked at around 7pm for the night, the lovely breeze died down and the temperature began to rise, not helped by the hot curry for supper! There were lots of insects that decided to join us and the odd bat that flew in and out of the boat from time to time. We also saw the moon rise in a blaze of red, which made the setting even more spectacular.

After dinner we settled down to some beers and G&T's and reminist our youth by playing 80's and 90's one stage Steve was bodypopping like a pro!...very amusing.

The next morning we had masala tea and curry for breakfast, then we motored for a couple of hours to Appeley where we were dropped off and we made our way to the station for our first Indian railway experience. This actually proved a lot less painful than we all envisaged. We managed to get seats in an A/C carriage, which was half empty and not a passenger on the roof (which was a little disappointing). The train took us effortlessly to Cochin for our next leg of the trip.

Bye for now.

Lou & Steve xxx

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20th January 2006

So many memories
Blimey you have been to every place I went, its fantastic isn't it. I think Udaipur was one of my favorite places. Its a shame you didn't manage to get to Jialasamer (sp?) (The Golden City in the desert) which is amazing. Really want to go back to India I just loved the hustle bustle smells and the colour. Have you come across any festivals yet, and tried your hand at Garber (sp?) dancing? There was a festival on when we went to Udaipur and the whole town converged in the centre for a masive party and all the locals got us to dance (we were the only tourists there) it was an amazing experience. However you seem to have done India in more style than I did, no luxury boats or rooms for me. I stayed at the 20p a night places which were intersting. Keep having a great time and enjoy every last minute of it. Sally x
21st January 2006

Loving Kerala
So glad that Kerala has finally stopped raining and you're enjoying it! I was starting to feel a bit responsible. Hope that you like Cochin - I loved it. There was a cool cafe just opened when I was there, with real coffee and cakes if you fancy a change from curry! There's also some great furniture to be had... Take care, Cathy xxx
3rd February 2006

Happy Birthday
Hi Steve Many happy returns. Where are you spending your birthday? Hope you have a great day. See you soon Sally x

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