The long awaited break came when a friend visited me from her teaching post in China. She came to Chennai and then we took the bus to and from Pondicherry. After that, we flew to Kerala. We didn’t do the typical trip of going on a river house boat, or going down south. We went for the cool air, the breeze, and to coexist with the beautiful green forest way up on the mountains. There we took a few hikes, a yoga class, chatted, had a massage played games, and watched some cultural performances. Maybe it was just what we needed to get a way from the hustle and bustle of the cities both of us had been living in. One thing for sure, is that I want to get back to Kerala and experience all the other amazing historical offerings and more of the beautiful landscape that makes up this huge state. The food was good, the people were welcoming, and the air was fresh.