I like to touch on HDR a bit in my photos not to overdo it but create a surreal balance. I took this in Italy last year.
but I think generally many people think the tone mapping portion of the process is what makes it HDR.
I'm definitely a noob, but I think the issue with HDR processing is that tone mapping is part of it and tone mapping is really what many people think is HDR. Understandably, both are two different processes, but used in conjunction to produce the final image (and let's face it, just combining the exposures with no tone mapping results in less than desirable images).
I like that I can use tone mapping to produce certain results, even if the image wasn't captured in multiple exposures, or I can "overcook" something (I think it looks good in certain instances), but I think generally many people think the tone mapping portion of the process is what makes it HDR.
I wouldn't suggest posting it anywhere other than here. I was just commenting on the HDR aspect of the photo. HDR is often times used to describe photos that have been processed to look "surreal" as you mentioned in the in your post. However, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is used for the purpose of capturing the full range of light, from the highest highlights to the darkest shadows. In the photo you posted, there are no real whites and no real blacks and is therefore a Low dynamic range picture.
If you are simply after a surreal look, that can be gained many ways besides HDR processing.
I hope that helped.