It’s not been the easiest year. Travel is an escape, although not one that everyone can afford. Right now I need that change of scenery. It’s been a dark, dreary November without much sunlight (although we’re doing better than Stockholm with only 1.8 hrs!). Light, colour and warmth are what I need. So I’m heading to Kerala for two weeks, flying into Trivandrum, then on to Cochin which I’ve heard only good things about. Really excited about the second part of our trip, four days on the Lakshadweep islands, a group of small atolls about 250 miles off the Keralan coast. Then we’ll be back to Cochin and on to the backwaters of Kollam.