Day 18 Sri Lanka to the southern tip of India
Today we had to present ourselves to the Indian immigration authorities in person. Everywhere else, the ship personnel just present all passports, but this is not sufficient for the Indians. Bill and I have the O.K. to go ashore, but some of the passengers who did not get visas before leaving Australia, are not permitted to leave the ship, even though they want to and have paid for excursions. We attended another talk by our historian, Andrew Stuart, today. The topic was The United Arab Emirates – Pearls,
Pirates and Petroleum. I also went to hear Richard Deitrich speak on Magical India. I am really looking forward to experiencing India for myself tomorrow. We dock at Cochin at 7.30 and all of us who are going to the Taj Mahal will be the first ones off the ship. We will be traveling over the next three days by aeroplane, bus, train and rickshaw. As it is the start of the monsoon season in this area we have had some rain, reasonably high seas and quite a bit of movement in the ship over the last three days.
We have been told to take umbrellas and raincoats ashore with us tomorrow. Today at dance class we learnt to rock and roll, which we seemed to get the hang of. The grape vine on the ship is still running rife. (Barbara) Dear friends, followers and readers, there are no photos today. This may be the last
blog entry until Friday June 11 since I will not be taking my MacBook Pro ashore. However, if I get easy access to a computer during the Indian trip, I will write something for you. Indian rupees are neither sold nor bought on board ship, so the rupees acquired in exchange for local currency in KL will have to spent in India. I have a wad of notes about 4 cm thick worth about $50! (Bill)
PS Just coming into Cochin now. Hundreds of fishing boats have come out to meet us.
Off to India!