For those who love nature and the outdoors, you’ll likely like exploring the new hiking trail that can be found in Calabria, Italy. It’s one that expands from coast to coast while connecting the two seas.
A Breathtaking Trail in Calabria
The new trail in Calabria is called Kalabria Coast to Coast. It’s a trail that connects the Ionian Sea and the town of Soverato to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the town of Pizzo, which is on the other side of the region. It’s 55 kilometers or about 34 miles long. The trail takes people through the mountains, beaches, and it shows off the variety of flora and fauna that Calabria has.
The region of Calabria has a lot of cultures that are worth seeing as it was part of Magna Graecia. Kalabria Coast to Coast was created by the Kalabria Trekking association and has been a project of theirs for the past several years. The goal of the trail was to help create a sensorial and emotional journey for those who are willing to hike in the heart of Calabria while also discovering some local traditions and wisdom.
More About the New Trail
The Kalabria Coast to Coast trail has three main stops that average about 20 kilometers or 12.5 miles each. All of these have different landscapes and difficulty levels that range from medium to medium-high. This means that people with all kinds of hiking experience can enjoy the trail.
No matter what stage you’re at, hikers can be at ease knowing that they’ll have the full assistance of volunteers from Kalabria Trekking as they can be contacted by phone. Tourists are enlarged to check both in and out of the trail so that they can have a supervised trip and easily be found if there is an emergency.
Visitors will also have access to a passport that is associated with the trail in Calabria, which will mark their passports with stamps from each town or village along the way.
Appreciating Kichdi, the Ramadan Comfort Food for all your Problems
Kichdi has many names. Some call it Khichri, while others call it Kissuri or Koshary. This South Asian porridge is a delicacy all over the Indian subcontinent and generally prepared with rice, lentils, and grains. Enriched with carbohydrates, the regional staple is absolute comfort during sickness, good health, and Ramadan. Several variations in preparations depend on the region you eat it in. Muslims and non-Muslims from the subcontinent generally prepare it with rice, lentils, and minced meat (for non-vegetarians). Among Bangladeshi families, a garnishing of ghee (clarified butter) and fried onions is very popular in a bowl of soupy Kichdi.
The perfect comfort food
The versatile dish is rich in nutrients and a perfect post-fasting snack to increase energy levels. Its softness is comfortable on the palate and easily digestible, making it a popular food choice for babies and the sick. Cooking Kichdi is an excellent option for those quarantined at home. It requires very little preparation, and the comfort food can dispel any feelings of negativity or weakness during quarantine. However, Kichdi is also a staple for non-Muslims, especially during illnesses and mourning ceremonies.
Nothing like Kichdi
Author Nikesh Shukla writes in his memoir Brown Baby: “Khichdi has become synonymous with wakes. Because it can be mass-produced, because it’s filling and delicious, and it can be made by anyone who might only have a cursory knowledge of your kitchen, taking charge of feeding people because you’re busy mourning.”
Like Nikesh, Fatima Khanom also enjoys the dish and tries to recreate her mother’s and aunt’s classic recipe. “Kissuri is the essence of Ramadan at home with my family. You could have all the delectable dishes from around the world on the table, but nothing quite fills you up with a feeling of warm satisfaction, as does a plate of Kissuri,” says the mother of two.