Today was one of the most relaxing days of our trip. We checked out of our first hotel in the morning, and our belongings were taken to a hotel closer to Kottayam. We traveled to Kumarakom. In this area are inlet waters off of the Arabian Sea. At a resort area, we were treated to a most relaxing boat trip on these waters. As we took in the beauty of nature in this area, we had the opportunity for relaxed conversation with our hosts. Moreover, Fr. John Behr had the opportunity to visit with a former student, now at one of the area monasteries, who joined us on this trip.
Later we visited St. Mary's Church in Cheriyapally, established in 1579. In visiting the churches we began by praying at the altar, then having some light refreshments. Though this is not the original church, the iconography is quite striking. Please watch for entries for our more official events in the coming days.