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  • Munnar and the tea plantations

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    Munnar is another one of India’s long list of hill stations, this one lying in between square kilometres of emerald green tea plantations that satisfy the needs of many of the tea lovers/drinkers around the world. The town is also know for its spice plantations, and the aroma of all those spices spreads in the wind coming out from the high number of shops in every street.

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    Once again, bad timing to come to a hill station. We had not realise that it was Friday again, which means that many people escape from the hot city and move to any of the fresh hill stations, and there were two different bunk holidays happening at the beginning of the next week, so hotels were almost fully booked, streets pretty full and silence and tranquillity, what we were hunting, were totally absent.

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    In any case, we enjoyed every minute hiking through the tea bushes and met some of the always smile local people, among them some of the all female crew in one of the huge plantations.

  • Too high expectations about Kochi

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    We arrived in Ernakulam, twin city to Kochi, by train and very early in the morning. The good idea we had, was to store our luggage in the cloak room in the station, just to be free during the first morning hours to walk around and find a cheap place to rest for that night. Ernakulam and Kochi are divided by a wide deep channel home to many species of fish, such as the dolphins we saw during our lunch break in a roof top restaurant by the river.

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    While Kochi hosts the old and beautiful part of the city, Ernakulam is the modern and busy capital of the region. Both them are hot and humid, and our bicycle ride and walk all around the streets on our search for a hostel was hard and sometimes annoying. We didn’t like it much, so we decided not to stay as long as we were expecting.
    We spent more time walking than anything else but also enjoyed much our few stops on a fresh juice bar, the boat rides and the Kathakali show early in the evening, where we could first get in contact with this beautiful south indian art expression.

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    In any case, although we didn’t find the city as interesting as we first thought, we will never (I say never) forget this city for some negative reasons. On one side, the heat was so strong that we even felt dizzy and tired and were not able to enjoy our walks through the older part of Fort Cochin. On the other side, a legion of bed bugs were the real owners of the mattress we had rent in the hostel and didn’t allow us to have a proper sleep in the whole night. It was the first time so far that we’ve had these little bothersome creatures sleeping with us and it will hopefully be the last time too… f**cking bugs!!!