Good news all around
Good news! 1) No pirates yet, and 2) Saraf Hospital, Cochin, may look a little primitive, but Dr. Saraf, the ENT, is a kind and competent doc who removed the wax from Bill’s ears and brought a huge smile to Bill’s face. Bill is amazed and grateful that he can hear again. We left the ship at 5, arrived at the hospital at 5:20, were seen at 5:30, sent to the hospital pharmacy at 6, paid our bill and were back at the ship at 6:25. That is 1 hour 25 minutes total. And about the bill ... 250 rupees for admission to Saraf, 400 rupees for the consultant, 33 rupees for the medicine. Total = 683 rupees or $12.64.
Other activities include seeing the Chinese fishing nets so characteristic of this port, a Kerekali dance show, and a lovely Indian dinner. See below.