India – first things first

“Dear beautiful Sparky, you are very welcome here, love India”

It couldn’t be more different to our time in China

We flew into Kochi, Kerela in the beautiful south of India, and got right down to work on the important things. Here’s what we did:

Taught the baby to drink chai

Ate a LOT of thosai

Actually we ate breakfast everyday at this amazing thosai and chai shop. So good! Sometimes we went back for dinner too! Here is our thosai man.


We studied the Chinese fishing nets and copied the men throwing their nets in at sunset.

Tintin and Snowy raced around while Chris had so much fun capturing the vibrant yet decaying town of Port Kochi.


We gawped at the biggest elephant we’ve ever seen. He was chained, unhappy and in a hospital for mad elephants.


Rode in a tuk tuk, wheelchair on the roof. Is there anything this great chair can’t do?


Saw gaudy colourful paints trucks


We met heaps of friendly kids and talked with them…in English!!!

Took pictures and talked shop with all the other people taking pictures! There were more Canon cameras than fishermen at the riverside for sunset!!

We bought the baby (who knows no toys) a toy tuk tuk.

Chris decided in the name of being culturally appropriate, that he needed a Merv Hughes moustache. I cannot begin to describe how absolutely awful he looked. Meena cried. I once read a book called The Submissive Wife, all about letting your husband be a grown up, and buy his own jocks and dress himself and all that. I defy even the author of that book to submit to a moustache like this.  No chance! I know how to pick my fights! I picked, I fought and I won.


And of course, we made friends with the friendliest people ever, thanks to this little boy.

I realised a few things have change since I was here 16 years ago. Now they have these!! :

So, it’s great to be back. India, what do you have in store for us?






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11 Responses to India – first things first

  1. Renee November 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    What fantastic photos! Looks like a wonderful adventure…

  2. Rebeca November 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Oh, I’m excited to follow your India adventures!
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  3. Amy @worldschooladventures November 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I agree on the moustache bit!!!!
    You all look so happy!
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  4. Trudi November 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    love it – love the photos…even didn’t mind the mo (hate them usually but there’s a LOT of facial hair in Aus these days so must be wearing me down!)..but loved your resolve to get rid of it…look forward to more of your travels in India

  5. Sam November 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Awesome post!!! Glad you won the mo fight!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Helen Riseborough November 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi global travellers,

    Again you have made my day, and your blogs are changing my thoughts on how travel could/should be done. Up until now, India isnt a place I would rush off to visit for numerous reasons, but this blog is starting to crack that thought, so keep writing!! Just love to read your blogs – you guys are so amazing – do you think you will ever “settle down”? Barnies send their love.

  7. Lisa Wood November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    sounds incredible! And so friendly – love that toy Tuk Tuk for your little one 😉
    And everyone seems so happy :)
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  8. sonja everson November 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I just love the vibrant colours of your photos. India is on our RTW list for 2014 and I can’t wait to see more of your posts. I’m developing a long list of tips, sights to see and places to go from everyone’s wonderful experiences. Safe travels to all of you!
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  9. Granny November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Super to see how much you all are enjoying your adventures in India! Read about Sparky’s new chariot. Won’t this chariot miss your adventures. ‘ she’ has been amazingly faithful! I’d love to be sitting next to you all enjoying the yummy food. Love and hugs to all, Granny xxxxxxxx

  10. Kara November 19, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Gorgeous photos. I especially love the one of Sparky. Beautiful indeed.
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    • Jill November 25, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      thanks Kara, she’s had a very good time in India, such friendly people.

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