I kayaked for the first time in my life just over three years ago. I took a kayak into the backwaters of Kerala near Thattekad. I fell in love with it- floating over the water noiselessly and watching cormorants fly over my head was something I’d never experienced before. I wanted to keep on going- the kayak felt like an extended part of me.
I can’t kayak where I live so I try and kayak every time there’s the least opportunity.
All travelling is experiential to varying levels. A visit to Japan keeps all your senses on the alert- like you’ve suddenly had 5 cups of coffee and you’re now wide awake and alert. Although cliched- it is a land of contrasts. Where the old and new merge harmoniously to make you go ‘wow’. Where the perfectly timed shinkansens (bullet trains) coexist with the tatami floored tea-rooms in perfect silence. Where the mist covers not only the sublime slopes of Mt Fuji but also the towering skyscrapers of the city.
I know I talk a lot about Ancient Rome in my blog and Italy would seem like an obvious choice just because of that. But Italy is one of my favourite places even without the Ancient Rome factor. There’s something about this Mediterranean country- hotbed of history, culture, civilisation, art and food that you can’t stop liking!