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INKED in Cochin, Kerala!!!!

Written on: Monday May 11th, 2009

A journal entry from: In the spiced Indian air....

We arrived via a quick 1.5 hour train in Cochin and made our way directly to the old town "Fort Kochi". Kochi is known for using Chinese fishing techniques, so we were able to view these gigantic Chinese fishing nets in action out on the docks. On the boardwalk there are tons of fishermen selling their catches of the day. I couldn't believe the variety, they even had shark and swordfish! Jennelle and I picked out 12 gigantic prawns for 300 rupees ($8) that they took to a restaurant that would later cook them up for us at dinner. Yummy!! The food here is amazing, we had gourmet meals everyday and completely blew our budget. To make ourselves feel better we only have to convert the amount we spent into dollars... one of our meals cost 1000 rupees!!! This included apple crumble (we needed that piece of home!). But 1000 rupees is only $25 so back home that meal would have realistically cost us at least $80. PS it is almost impossible to get alcohol in this province... we had been craving wine so badly and finally found a restaurant that would serve us some under the table. Literally. We had to keep it under the table so it couldn't be seen. Anyway, the big event in Kochi was getting tattoos! After our covert wine drinking, we went left instead of right out of the restaurant and happened across a sign advertising a tattoo parlour. Jennelle and I made a deal right then and there that we would get tattoos in the morning if the shop was open. So we got to work on our designs with the help of our friendly hotel guys who translated our phrases of choice into the local language, Malayalam. We'd been talking about getting tattoos together as a memory of our trip, especially since this is the second time we've travelled for a lengthy period of time together. 

In addition to the Malayalam text, I also put a little abstract lotus flower since you see Lotus' everywhere here in India. I actually got the design of the flower off of one of jennelle's dresses she bought here. And so I am no longer a tattoo virgin! I plan on adding more text in various languages to it when I get home so it can represent each of the 4 significant trips I've taken. Anyway, check out the pictures! Next stop is Varanasi when we leave beautiful South India behind via airplane (yes we decided to forgo the wonderous 55 hr train ride on Indian Railways). But... South India will forever hold a special place in my heart!!! Very sad to leave here. Will have to come again someday :)