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Meanwhile, at Les 3 Elephants… Kolbay



Meanwhile, at Les 3 Elephants, Kolbay is wearing a flashy yellow painting dress.

Let’s give a little bit of context to the picture:

Kolbay is not a painter, he came as a back up waiter for the monsoon. Actually, Kolbay is not a waiter either, he is a cook, working in Chilliout, very nice restaurant situated on the beach, around one kilometer away from our resort.

The Chilliout is our close friend Edouard’s restaurant. To explain how close friend he is, let’s just say that my wife and I first met each other at the 2000/2001 New Year’s Eve party he gave at his mother’s flat near Paris. Few years after having started the resort project in Cherai Beach, we told him that he should come and see the place. He had been working in Parisian restaurants for fifteen years, no real career plan there, and we guessed he could be a great candidate for expatriation, and for grabbing the opportunity of materializing his own tropical dream.

To make a long story short: it worked like a charm, the Chilliout is running well, in the process Edouard met Olga on the beach, married her, and they have a lovely little girl 😉 Lovely successful expatriation story!

Well, the restaurant is closed for the off season, so we are lucky to have Kolbay available, always smiling and dynamic, ready to dress up in yellow if there is some painting to do!

We are already sad thinking that we’ll have to let him go back to his regular job, once the rain will stop. Our waiter will come back, or not. It’s really hard to find, and keep, good staff in Kerala, for many reasons… But this will be the subject of another post.

Have a nice day!

  1. Beautiful picture and wonderful story. Good hearts will always do well. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your nice comment. Good hearts do their best, and sometimes it’s enough 😉

  3. De merveilleux souvenirs au chilliout…Nostalgie…

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