Oh God, I can’t believe the trouble I am having finding wifi here in India! There are so many things I want to share with you and I can’t, just because I don’t have an internet connection! Just imagine that I have bought (with great difficulty) a data sim card in order to have a 3G connection everywhere. But, enough with moaning. Now that I have found some wifi signal, I thought I can share my news, before I loose it again!
My trip with Kerala Blog Express has come to an end, but my days in Kerala are not over yet. Just one day before my journey back to Cyprus, I took the decision to change my tickets. A small chat with the Brazilian blogger and photographer, Patricia form Mochilando, was all it took to make me change my tickets for the following week.
The last day for Kerala Blog Express was Monday. After saying goodbye to the rest of the bloggers, Patricia and I were transferred to another hotel in the most beautiful side of the city of Cochin. I will tell you more about this dreamy hotel in another post.
Today is Tuesday. Even though we embarked on this trip to the unknown with nothing but big expectations, we don’t feel nervous at all about what’s going to happen. We don’t have the faintest clue about where we are going to sleep tomorrow, and money is running out in our pockets. Is the fact that this makes more excited than anxious normal or not? For me it is. For some of you, maybe not.
So, we woke up today at 6.30 to watch the sunrise. Our room overlooks Cochin’s port, full of small boats and ships that come and go in front of our threshold. As dreamy as it gets. The day passed quietly as we were working on new projects, our eyes glued to the computer screen. After fifteen days on a coach, on and off, it was the first time that we found some alone time. So, we decided to make the most of it.
At around one o’clock in the afternoon, we received the invitation. The chef invited us to the kitchen to taste his specialty. Just for us! We entered the kitchen and we witnessed the food preparation. Oh, I shouldn’t forget to give you the recipe! Just looking at the picture makes my mouth water.
After the meal, the boys from the crew, which was following us throughout our journey with the blog trip, came to our hotel to pick us up. They decided that we should go downtown for a photoshoot. Little did I know when I got in the car with Jinson, Arun, Albert and Vineeth that this was going to be one of the best days of my life!
Those guys are crazy! We got in the car and were taken to the port. We put the cars on a boat and crossed the lake to the other side. We had no idea what we were going to do. Patricia and I have gotten used to it. The Indian way! We finally reached the other side and got on a bus. After taking some photos and videos, we got off and went to the car again. Our next stop was the market. Unfortunately the strikers had other plans. The place was somewhat desolate because of the strike that apparently would last for days. To cut a long story short, we spent the afternoon doing photoshoots in important parts of town.
My favorite part of the day? Our motorbike ride in the streets of Cochin. Here scooters come in thousands! It was fun watching the other drivers staring at me first with curiosity and then with a smile on their faces, watching me as I was trying to take a photo with the selfie stick. Thanks once again Omar for the ride!
We finished late in the afternoon. While I was talking to Albert, I happened to mention that we had no place to stay for the following nights. I didn’t have to say anything else. He invited us right away. Two days with his family in their house in the mountains. He called his wife, who wanted to talk to us. While we were talking she invited us to their house for tea the same night. I don’t think I have ever turned down an invitation for tea. Unfortunately I had to say no to the two-day invitation as the dates were not convenient for us.
We arrived at the house and the whole family was waiting to greet us in the threshold. They don’t know who I am, they have never seen me before but they accepted me as a member of their family. This is why I love India, guys! I left the house, with my heart full of love and exultation, something quite rare when you sit inside, surrounded by the four walls of the house. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we took “family pictures” and we headed back to the hotel with a wide smile on our face.
This is pretty much how the day went by. I would be lying if I told you that I have made any plans for the rest of the days. I know that tomorrow, at noon, I will once again be lying on the white, sandy Marari beach. After that we are going to return to the familiar grounds of Kumarakom for two nights and then….who knows! This country does not seem to be willing to let me go. My soul is more alive than ever, flooded with love for the people of this land. I wish I could convey all the positive energy I feel right now! So, that’s all for now! We will talk again soon, unless the wifi has other plans!
Until next time xoxo