The backwaters, the selfies with the minister and … the Cypriot breakfast! | Tuesday, 16th February 2016
Normally, now I shouldn’t have my laptop on my legs. I should stay here, in my little corner, in the front of the houseboat, admiring the mesmerising scenery. But, I can’t help it! I wanted to share with you the events that have taken place so far.
Now that I am writing, another houseboat is passing by. I can see Patricia and Karla, the two bloggers from Brazil, sunbathing on the upper deck! Let’s take a photo! “But how did I get here”, I think to myself. A week ago, I was in hospital with a respiratory infection and now I am here, in beautiful Kerala, under the midday sun, gazing breathlessly at the beauty of the scenery. It compares to nothing I have ever seen before.
Indeed, how did I end up here? Give me two minutes to explain. I have already mentioned that I am here along with 29 more bloggers from all around the world to explore the beauties of Kerala in India. Today is the second day of my two-week adventure, and I already feel that I have gained 29 new friends in this lifetime experience. How could I have been oblivious until now of this corner of the planet! Take a look yourself, so you don’t think I am exaggerating.
On Saturday, I set off from Larnaca and, with a stopover in Dubai, I arrived at Trivandrum airport, the capital of Kerala. At the exit, I was greeted with flowers, gifts and, of course, with this characteristic wide, warm, Indian smile. The people here, my dear diary, are naturally happy creatures.
To cut a long story short, the first day found my lying by the pool, being in a slight shock due to the humidity levels. I met some of the bloggers, and I slowly started getting acclimated. Enthusiasm was at a peak! It was Valentine’s Day, so in the hotel we were at, Leela Kovalam, they offered us red roses while we were dining at the restaurant, which was full of heart-shaped balloons. How sweet! This hotel is ideal for a honeymoon. Maybe it was the couples, maybe the sunset at the infinity pool that got me thinking. Would it be a good idea to get married so as to have the opportunity to come here again for my honeymoon?
Monday, was the official day of our trip. All the bloggers were gathered in the conference room of a hotel for the scheduled press conference. Journalists, photographers and executives from the Ministry of Tourism, together with the Minister himself, were in the hall while each blogger stepped on the podium for a mini presentation. You don’t even have to ask. When I stepped on the podium, I was holding the flag of Cyprus and, waving it in front of the journalists, I started my speech like that. “Hello, my name is Katerina and I am obviously from Cyprus”.
After the flag off, we took our selfies with the Minister. Apparently he is quite modern! Then we lunched at the same hotel. As far as food is concerned, the truth is I am facing some …minor problems. I don’t eat spicy food. Curry is out of question. Now you must be wondering “what are you doing in India if you don’t eat spicy food?”. Well, what can a girl do? My stomach ulcer doesn’t let me. I have brought enough snacks from Cyprus to fill the void. On my first time in India, I ate so little that I returned to Cyprus looking like a super model. I was ready for the beach! We will see what happens this time!
Let’s talk about the present day. The second day of the trip. We have already become buddies with the rest of the bloggers. I anticipate a lot of visits to Cyprus this year! Yeah! Due to the fact that we set off at 6, we left without having breakfast. So, on the way I decided that it’s not proper to have so much food with me and not share it with my new friends (none of whom, by the way, has ever visited Cyprus. No worries, though. Things are going to change). So I started sharing my mini pies which were made of spinach, olives and haloumi cheese, as well as local Cypriot patties with both haloumi and honey. Of course everyone loved it and started tweeting and posting on facebook. Did the people come to India to eat haloumi? We had tons of fun. But I became the savior of the breakfast. We ate so much we were about to burst.
After a few hours, we had a proper breakfast at the marvelous Raviz Hotel and we immediately set out for the day’s last destination. Words are not enough to describe it. The countless palm trees, the backwaters, the beautiful steamboats and the sunset painted a picture like no other. I could hardly wait. And it came from the second day. Kerala will not let me down! I am now sure that this place is going to be loved by even more people.
So, that’s all for now. So far so good! You will hear from me soon! I have a lot more to experience during this trip. Until then, I leave you with the most beautiful picture I have laid my eyes on so far in romantic Kerala.
Until next time! xoxo