Trains, trains, trains. pt2

Despite my better judgement me and my mate Josh had decided to get a train from Alleppey back to Cochin. We had a plane to catch the next day and the train just seemed to make sense. After a bit of confusion at the ticket counter (Here Indians seem to bobble there head in response to questions. If there is some subtle difference in said bobbling to meaning yes/no or bugger off baldy I have yet to figure out. I suspect if you just flicked their ears they would bobble.) we got our tickets and jumped straight on the train as the ticket assistant had bobbled us to do.

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Goodbye sunny Alleppey. Back to Cochin.

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Trains, trains, trains. pt1

“You have got to go on a train in India.” said just about everyone I know who has been to India or even just have an opinion on the matter. Ok. Sounds good I thought as I seem to believe just about everybody and there pet dog sometimes instead of using my common sense.

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The best way to go by rail.

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Contradicting India.

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Amazing bright white beach and hardly anyone one it.

Love or hate India??? Its like hating the weather when its cold and wet, then the next day its hot and sunny. Its still weather, how can you hate weather surely its all the same thing, just different. India has that effect on you. I am staying in Appelley in southern India at the moment and it has the whitest beach you can imagine but during the day it is so bright and hot nobody goes. It actually hurts the eyes during the day to be on the beach, but when the sun starts to set and the breeze comes off the sea it is a totally different place. Its a lot cooler, not so warm or bright. Families come to spend the evening, couples walk on the beach, people hang out on the promenade. Its a totally different place. India = Contradictions. Continue reading