Fort Cochin and naked massage
It’s a quiet peninsula, part of the bigger and louder Kochi where we arrived with train from Goa. Fort Cochin also has a huge number of cozy homestays, and although we were promised a room by the owners of ICE guesthouse it was full when we arrived. Luckily there was a new guesthouse right on the other side of the road, I-one’s homestay, that was impressingly clean and nice for the price. It was as close to a european hotel standard that we have been so far, and the sweet smell of clean sheets was enough to convince us that we had to stay here. It was only a short walk to the tourist centre of Fort Cochi which among other things included the oldest church in India, the tomb of Vasco da Gama (before he got shipped of to Portugal..) and a lively harbour that was the home of the impressive chinese fishing nets that are still used to catch most of the fish here. The fishing nets were actually really impressive, requiring 5 people to work them properly. Eli and Veronica got the chance to try them out, leaving the three left over indians working doubletime since the strain was not really showing on the two girls.. Once in vacation modus it’s hard to do some proper work. In the least we did end up with some footage of a chinese fishing net being operated by two pale girls and thre overworked indians.
As the Kerala area is famous for it’s Ayruvedic treatments we figured we would give it a try. It turned out that indian massage is very different from thai massage… The first major difference is that the massage is done in total nudity. In bare essence it consists of a same sex masseur who rubs atleast one litre of masssage oil all over your body. When I say all over your body I do mean all over your body… did I mention that we were naked?? This lasted for about an hour and fifteen minutes before the whole thing was rounder off with a herbal steam bath. Feeling a bit violated we figured we would get something to eat at my favourite spot. Oh yes, it took me just a couple of hours to find a favourite spot. The menu was small, the power went of now and then but the important thing was that they had wifi! Oh the joy! If you ever go to Fort Cochin make sure to stop by the Teapot as well as they make a killer chocolate cake..
As I am typing this we are on the way to Dehli were the north of India awaits us. I have uploaded a lot more pictures and will publish them shortly!