Day 115, Year 5: A Little of This and A Little of That
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Weather: No Change–Still Hot, Hot, Hot
Location: Bolgatty Hotel Anchorage, Cochin (Kochi), India

Today was one of those days when we did just a little of this and a little of that. We did a lot of things, but nothing major. We booked our all-day waterway tour tomorrow. I did a laundry and washed all the cushion covers in the cockpit. Mark stripped out chalk and removed screws on the teak deck when it appeared that they might be leaking. He then filled those areas with epoxy. We went to town and bought six kilos of red onions (the only type available here), four kilos of basmati rice, and a couple of pumpkins. That was it for provisioning today. We also went to the main ferry terminal and paid for our waterway trip tomorrow. So as I said, our day was spent just doing little bits of things.

Early this morning, I talked to my sister-in-law Conda and her two sons, Tommy and Todd. I got a full report on my brother’s funeral. It was wonderful to talk with them, but it made me more than a little homesick but it was still wonderful to talk with them. Last night we talked to Heather and Jonah and that also made me homesick. But it is still wonderful to be able to talk with them and see them. So we will continue to make these Skype video calls while we are here, because after leaving here, there will be a very long period of time when our only communication will be via email. We will have internet in the Maldives, but we will be there only a short time before going to the Chagos. And there is nothing in the Chagos but beauty. I know we will enjoy our time there, but it will be long stretch with no Skype video of grandchildren.

So tomorrow we go on our waterway tour and get a glimpse of the traditional villages that still exist here. We are looking forward to that trip, but we have decided to stay close to home this weekend and most of next week. We are hoping that our compressor will arrive early in the week and will be installed and running soon after. Then the next weekend, we are traveling north to experience an Indian festival. And after that, we will be leaving here and heading south to the Maldives. Time does fly when you are having fun.