On our second evening in Fort Kochi we went to a Kathakali show in Fort Kochi. What is Katha…what was that word? Kathakali is a traditional genre of Indian classical dance that developed in Kerala. It’s like a story with characters that wear elaborate make up and costumes and use their expressions to convey meaning to a story. These actors are traditionally men. Our tuk tuk tour guide which you can read more about here, took us to the theatre on our trip to get tickets. The price of 650 rupees each included a martial arts show as well as…

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On our second day in Fort Kochi (the first was spent recovering from the flights and napping where there was air con) we headed out in Fort Kochi for a more in depth explore. As we wandered down streets including ‘Burgher Street’ we were approached by auto-rickshaw¬†drivers asking us for a favour and to give us a tour. We mumbled something about going for food, as we’d overslept and missed the free hostel breakfast and he gave up. Round the corner though we were approached by another driver, a younger guy who offered us a one hour tour for just…

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Hallelujah we have arrived in India in one piece! After just over 24 hours of travelling, 3 planes, lots of in flight movies, aeroplane food and waiting around. We made it in one piece. And now, you kind of wonder what all the fuss was about. All the pre-planning, the frantic googling ‘how do we get from the airport!!!’ ‘bus from cochin airport to fort cochin’ to simple ‘aha there is a prepaid taxi booth, screw the bus I’m tired’. Everything is a lot more daunting when it’s unknown. We expected India to be tricky, the wifi to be super…

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OH YES LESS THAN 3 BLOODY WEEKS TO GO! In exactly one week I will have left my job and in just under 3 I’ll be on a plane flying to Kerala to start our 7 month adventure round Asia. I have a large plastic container under my bed filled with stuff I’m going to pack, I have my Indian Visa ready in my passport (Ben hasn’t yet, but let’s not talk about that too much) and we’ve booked more major flights and some accommodation. I’ve also been super busy trying to get my TEFL course finished and just generally…

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Throughout my time interrailing in Europe there is no doubt in my mind that the absolute best night out I had during the whole month was in the city of Budapes(h)t. Budapest is the European city to go to at the moment. It’s overtaken the likes of Prague and Amsterdam with it’s stark contrast of Buda with the Fisherman’s Bastion and gorgeous churches with Pest and the Jewish quarter. I was in Budapest for 5 days total. When I arrived from Salzburg I was sick and exhausted and for a couple of days I just couldn’t seem to find the…

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