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Travel Memories 1: Goa

Park Hyatt Hotel, Goa. The view from my balcony.

This photo was taken in 2013. From 3 March to 14 April, I had sailed on the tall ship Lord Nelson from Durban in South Africa to Kochi (Cochin) in India. Definitely the longest time at sea I’d ever spent! We did stop along the way — Mauritius, Sri Lanka — but still, it was many weeks on a boat with 40-odd other people in weather ranging from the high winds and chill of 35deg South to the hot humidity of the Equator. After we’d reached India and gone our separate ways, I headed to the Park Hyatt in Goa for a few days of spoiled luxury, a big bed, clean sheets and unlimited showers. And (of course) bubbly!

This is the first post of a new theme for me, called Travel Memories. I plan to post a single photo from a trip: one that always makes me smile, or reflect, or want to go back.


Travel Album: Kerala (India)

A few days in Kerala

Thanks again to Noel for inviting me to participate in Travel Photo Mondays. My photo blog has been up for only a few weeks, so I have no travel-related posts yet – but I certainly have no shortage of travel-related photos, and I’m always glad to share them! (Just ask my long-suffering family and friends.) Here are some images from a trip to Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala, India, in April this year.

Woman washing clothes in a stream, Kerala backwaters

Woman washing clothes in a stream,
Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

I arrived in Kochi by sea, on a tall ship called Lord Nelson. We had sailed from Durban in South Africa,
a voyage of seven weeks through both storm and calm. As we passed this building,
I was moved by the sentiments of journey, loss and separation expressed in these few words.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

The waterway from the Laccadive Sea into Vembanad Lake,
around which Kochi clusters, is lined with these Chinese fishing nets, simple yet ingenious.
A net is lowered into the water and lifted again by a series of weights and levers.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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