"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Across the waters

Fort Cochin sits on a peninsular. To reach the mainland means taking a relatively long road journey or a shorter and more interesting trip on the ferry.

Even after four years of regularly taking this boat journey, I experience an almost child-like sensation of excitement as the boat leaves the jetty.

The journey provides a multiplex of sights:

Fellow passengers;

The engine being adjusted;

A working water way;

Boatyards from Portuguese and Dutch days;

And the modern port.

The mainland is reached after twenty minutes.

But after an hour in the modern busy city I am very happy to say goodbye to the expensive, high-rise real estate of Kochi’s Marine Drive

And take a ferry back across the water

To the quiet, faded glories of Fort Cochin

And its ramshackle jetty.

Back to home.

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