February 11, 2016
11.02.2016 - 11.02.2016 32 °C
We got going fairly early because we had no food for breakfast. We found a fruit and vegetable store fairly close by and bought bananas. We walked along the shore past a beach and the Chinese fishing nets. There was a lot of garbage all along the shore, whether it is brought in by the ocean or thrown there by locals, we don't know, but it is pretty disgusting.
We found a little restaurant for breakfast and had idlis - sort of rice croquettes with sauce - very good. I'm becoming addicted to lime soda, fresh lime juice with soda, it's so good. We wanted to see if we could find a ATM that would work with our Mastercards, so we set out walking towards one we had been told about. A tuk tuk driver wanted our business, so we ended up getting him to drive us from ATM to ATM until Don finally used his Visa card at one and got some cash. Yea!! However, it is a mystery to be solved why our Mastercards will not work. Yes, we told them we were traveling to India.
So we proceeded to let the tuk tuk driver take us to a couple of artisan stores, where he gets a lottery ticket for bringing in customers. They were beautiful places, filled with sculpture of all types and sizes, hand knotted rugs, saris, etc. Tempting as they were, we managed to escape without buying anything! We then went to the Dutch Palace, a big old building which has been turned into a museum of the history of the Cochin area and its rulers. There we said goodbye to our helpful tuk tuk driver and started walking again.
We found a restaurant for lunch, although I couldn't eat very much of what I ordered. Almost everything comes with hot pepper on it in some form or other. I'm considering getting my wedding ring cut off because my knuckle has swollen so much. However, I think I'm losing weight on this trip, so there are benefits!
We walked the streets, trying to figure out where we were in relation to the map (which wasn't to scale) and just seeing the sights. We worked our way back over to our neighbourhood. I bought some mineral paint/dye from a small shop, which may be fun to play with. We found the Seagull Hotel, which has a terrace and deck beside the ocean channel. So we sat in the shade and had a beer, watching the constant activity on the water. After a rest, we continued on home, stopping to buy some food for breakfast tomorrow.
We went out to a little restaurant very nearby, which has all of 3 tables in the space of a single car garage. But the young fellow was very accommodating and made me some dosas with spinach and cheese and no peppers! It was delicious! Once we got back home again, we talked with Sheeja, our hostess, and she helped me call Mastercard on her phone. After talking with both Mastercard and someone from the credit union, we concluded there is no problem from the bank's end. It is something about the Indian ATM's. Very strange, but at least we have one card that gives us cash.