Every February I lead a ten day retreat in Kerala, at the pilgrimage site and coastal town of Varkala.
When immersed in the experience my camera gets left to one side and all my attention placed upon teaching and the guests.
This year after the retreat, I took the train North to Fort Cochin and spent a couple of days photo walking and buying spices in one of my favourite towns in India.
Fort Cochin was built by the Dutch and Portuguese some 400 years ago and still encapsulates another era. With it’s old spice warehouses built facing the sea, towards what was once known as the Malabar coastline and Arabian spice trail.
The place is alive with colour, the air pungent with aromas of ginger, cardamon, pepper, cinnamon and sandalwood and the architecture a blend of jewish, muslim, christian influence. It’s hard not to fall in love with Kochi and want to stay forever.