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Traditional European Christmas Cake baked by 7 generations

Because of Manjit’s rapore with the locals, it was much easier to take the “street life” photos.

Went into Ajmiri Bakery.

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Again love the health & safety with how he is sealing the plastic bags filled with their fruit cake.

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Yes, it was nice and really tasty. Was it the wood fuelled fire that made it so good?

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https://www.facebook.com/AJMIRIBAKERY/

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Further along these guys were making rotis.

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An hour into the walk it must be chai time. These traditional earthenware bhand cups are used once. I’ll send Manjit a photo of the cup with an iconic New Zealand landmark to add to his collection of cups now around the world.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/10/kolkata-age-tradition-bhar-clay-cups-tea-161004053736038.html

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Being winter, the locals were really feeling the cold and how wrapped up they were often in front of open fires lit on the footpath.

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Peanuts were roasted in sand to give it extra flavour.

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Posted by bruceontour 18:59 Archived in India Tagged chai chai_tea roti christmas_cake letter_box Comments (0)

Sunday cricket was never like this

Thanks to a What’s App message from Marina saying that it wasn’t worth doing the Elephant Island boat trip, I used Lonely Planet walking tour as a guide. Glad I did and sort of using the side roads to walk along seeing more of the locals go about their Sunday morning. It was Sunday and the area was very quiet with most businesses closed.

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Opposite Regal Cinema - Waterloo Mansions.

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Reflections

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Opposite Regal Cinema - Hotel Majestic, today, a hostel and department store.

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Again the storekeepers were happy for their photo to become taken and all agreed (just the policemen said no). The chai seller and in his poor English beckoned me to sit and have a chai for 20 rupees / NZ$0.40 / US$0.30 - which I did.

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Classic cars on display and I love what the policeman did when he and his men drove up.

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Horniman Circle / Elphinstone Circle

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Even on a Sunday the dabbawala lunch box delivery system was operating

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Hutatma Memorial Statue

Hutatma Memorial Statue

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Who said Mumbai was always busy with cars? Mahatma Gandhi Rd and Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Rd. Oriental Building (center).

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Churchgate Railway Station

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Sunday cricket was never like what I saw in the Oval Maidan. Hate to think of the numbers of Indians who were out there with bat in hand.

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With a late check out arranged till 2pm / 14:00, this was enough.

Taxi from outside the hotel was only 800 rupee / NZ$16.90 / US$12.40 to the airport.

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Not bad. An hour from leaving the hotel to have in my hand a boarding pass for Jet Airways 9W 625 window seat 40A. Being Sunday the traffic was certainly much less and the actual journey took some 50 minutes. No queue at check in so hassle free so far.

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Like leaving Cochin security was obvious. Passport and booking details that has your name on it before you can enter the airport with your bag, passport and boarding pass to enter the domestic departure area, at security one queue for ladies and another for gents to be screened, once body scanned, both parts of the boarding card stamped.

Connected to the free wi fi and tried to catch up with posting my images. Trouble free wi fi was only available for 45 minutes.

Jet Airways dinner

Jet Airways dinner

A delayed lift off to Kolkata at 6.35pm / 18:35 due to the flight arriving late. Climbed and headed east with a thin band of orange in the distance being the sun’s last remains rays as it headed west.

Captain informed us of an 8.40pm / 20:40 touchdown with 10 minutes taxiing.

Temperature of 16C will certainly be cooler than down south.

My bad luck as each of the 2 queues for the prepaid taxi booth had over 30 people in it. Plus they were slow in processing each person. Nearing the front I was second behind when the dot matrix printer ribbon decided to play up and it took forever for the staff to fix it. However eventually got my prepaid taxi chit. Despite using a prepaid taxi for just 260 rupee / NZ$5.50 / US$4.00, the driver still expected a tip. I suppose this is India where tipping is part of the culture.

Posted by bruceontour 12:31 Archived in India Tagged cars cricket chai Comments (0)

Morning street side Chai before breakfast

Day 2 Kochi

Out for an hour's walk before the 8am / 08:00 breakfast. The street side mural was being painted by different people with a crowd watching on. Each time I passed it another section had been completed.

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The waterfront was alive with activities. Locals having a street side breakfast or a cup of hot tea, walkers and runners pounding the shoreline footpath, fishermen hauling in their catch plus the fish auction in operation made this part of town busy.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kochi-cochin/attractions/chinese-fishing-nets/a/poi-sig/1319114/356338

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Spoke with a retired local who offered me a cup of tea. His daughter lives in Wellington. The way the vendor poured his tea out reminded me of the lady doing the same on the train in China but with hot water and the train was moving. Love the way the milk was being delivered ... by scooter. Sorry that the 2 videos are oriented incorrectly.

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Then along at the breakwater while watching the fishermen again casting their nets spoke with 2 students. One undertaking Islamic religious studies and the other one was completing a B Com.

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Breakfast eventually at Oissa with Eddie. We both chose a masala omelette 170 rupees / NZ$3.60 / US$2.60 that came with garlic bread, but it didn't taste that spicy or garlic at all. That with the press coffee came to 232 rupees / NZ$4.90 / US$3.60.

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Posted by bruceontour 12:09 Archived in India Tagged fishing kerela chai fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets Comments (0)

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