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Kerala, I love you.

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There’s almost always a bittersweet feeling when you finally board the plane and leave a destination; you’re sad to leave, but at the same time super excited to a) go home or b) move on to somewhere else. In my case, it’s normally a 50/50 split between the two.

Today, the split is more 90/10 in favour of sadness.

Today, for the first time ever, I actually cried on a plane… and at the boarding gate. And going through Customs. And even at WHSmith. Thankfully I was not a blubbering mess as depicted in almost every movie I have ever watched containing a plane – they were just silent little hidden tears rolling down my face, like I was in a cheesy melancholic music video about a long lost love. Except it was nothing to do with a long lost love. I just really bloody didn’t want to leave Kerala! I am going to miss absolutely everything about the place – the people, the food, the trees, the scenery, everything!

When I booked my plane ticket, the plan was to stay for 3 weeks and visit 3 friends for maybe 3 days each, because although they all said I was welcome to stay as long as I wanted, British culture dictates 3 days to be the perfect number before you are less of a guest and more of a space invader.

It started off great.

Friend No. 1 picked me up at Trivandrum airport and drove me to his place. I stayed 3 days and 4 nights before he drove up to Cochin to hand me over to Friend No. 2 like the baton in a relay race.

Friend No. 2 drove us to his place just outside of Thrissur, where my 3 days turned into 7 which turned into 18 which ultimately, thanks to a last minute flight change, turned into 25. And trust me when I say, if I had a real visa and not an ETV it would have turned into so much more.

Friend No. 3 never happened.

My friends’ families welcomed me with open arms. Their friends became my friends. Kerala became my home, and it’s always sad when you leave home – especially when you don’t know if and when you’ll be back again. Hence the sad tears.

But now I’m fine because I get to spend the next 18 hours trying to sit in as many different seats at Dubai airport as physically possible while writing up a gazillion blog posts and pictures!

So thanks Kerala. I love you.

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8 Comments

  1. mukul chand 7th May 2016

    wonderful post

    Reply
    1. rhiydwi 8th May 2016

      Thank you!

      1. mukul chand 8th May 2016

        welcome

  2. lexklein 9th May 2016

    I cried like a baby when I left Peru, specifically Cusco, the first time. Then I promptly made plans to go back and ended up going there 3 more times in a year and a half! I think I’m over it now …

    Reply
    1. rhiydwi 9th May 2016

      Oh wow 3 times in a year and a half?! I don’t blame you though, Peru is such a lovely place! 🙂 I’ve already made tentative plans to head back to India in September, visa-willing, and have already begun the countdown! It’s like a home from home now.

  3. Friend 2 24th December 2016

    It’s really nice to know that you enjoyed your time here in kerala. And kerala miss you too!! You know You are always welcome here .?

    Reply
    1. rhiydwi 24th December 2016

      Thanks Friend 2, I appreciate it 😉

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