We followed the noise of food being cooked to a rooftop terrace with a shelter on top. We sat down a bit unsure of what we were supposed to do, but after a while the owner of the homestay put before us an omelet each that his wife had made. It was delicious, and makes a nice change from standard buffet breakfast! It tasted of coconut and had tiny green chilies in and some herb of some sort-possibly coriander. This was served with toast, and we tried the pineapple jam that was on the table. The man used to be a sailor and was telling us about Thailand.
We successfully used the map of Kochi to locate the information desk to find out about the ferry and bus to our next stop, Kollum, where we want to go on a village cruise of the backwaters. Bit nervous as to whether or not the YMCA receptionist on the phone got our request for a room!
We had a walk along the coast line, and some men using the Chinese fishing nets let us come 'on board' to see the fish they had caught, and help them pull the net up, whilst one of them took photos of us doing so. Of course afterwards they wanted us to give them money so we made a swift exit.
Lagging a bit from the heat we're not used to, and being on our feet instead of being driven around drove us to the Kochi Art Café. They had quite interesting exhibits, including a picture with a man wearing a traditional Kathakali mask, which is a form of Keralan theatre, and a pillar of men's heads stacked one on top of each other. Everyone else's big plate of fruit with French toast/cinnamon breakfast cake looked good, so we followed suite, and shared a big pot of ginger tea.
There was an art gallery of the same name on the other side of the island so we started to walk in that direction, although didn't get as far as that as we found another gallery sooner. Featured in this one was feminist Indian and Australian artwork. When we got outside we saw two girls taping up a stencil onto a wall, in the same style as the graffiti we had seen earlier in the day, so we watched for a bit although the part we saw wasn't that interesting as she was just doing the outline and then filling it with white.
After a Skype session to home, we went to Daal Roti - A restaurant rated as number 1 thing out of 88 to do in Kochi. It was quite buy, but the family in front of us refused to let us go first when a man offered for us to share his table. It wasn't too long before we were tucking into our prawn/Paneer Kati paratha rolls though. We finished off by having a galub jamun and firni- a cold semolina type thing flavoured with cardamom and spices.