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April 2021
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Day 8 & 9 – A Day of Rest and the Great Train Journey

So Friday Rian and Mark go early to KM and pack up the speakers and take down everything ready for travelling the next day. I was supposed to join Sonya for lunch but she is woren out from Exchange so we plan to meet on Saturday. Friday turns into a bit of a day of nothing much which is a good thing as we are all a feeling a bit the same as Sonya. Indian TV has so many movie channels it is a great way to brainlessly relax. It is odd but Avatar seems to be shown at least once a day.

So Saturday arrives and I talk to the hotel to allow us to have a late check-out our train to Kerela leaves at 7.45pm from Chennai Central. They are very generous and let us all check out at 4,30pm which really helps proceedings. I meet Sonya and she takes me over to a lovely restaurant called the Bay Leaf in a different part of Chennai. Oddly it serves Bengali food as well as other things but Sonya loves Bengali fare and we get some delicious stuff. It is great to catch up with Sonya. She is a tower of strength in a very difficult world in Chennai.

We load the taxi will our accumulating baggage, now cables, 4-way adaptors and speakers. It is definitely getting very tour like, and head for the station. After a quick stop off to get some snacks we arrive at the buzzing Chennai Central and with little hesitation get some porters to help. This must be the first time I have ever used porters at a station but the station is so busy and our bags are so heavy it feels justified. Our train is in and we find our accommodation for the overnight journey. It is really comfortable and clean. The Trivadrum Mail Train is the same train I got last year when I was going from Kotyam to Trivandrum. Not much sleep is had but the journey passes smoothly and we arrive at Ernakulam North on time and bleary eyed.