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New Years Eve...Sri Lankan style!, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

New Years Eve...Sri Lankan style!

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... our Qatar Airlines (which had an amazing personal A/V system!) flight touched down yesterday in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Buddhism dramatically influenced the history of this teardrop-shaped island off the southern tip of India.  ...

Land of the Elephants, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Land of the Elephants

A travel blog entry by danly

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Daniel here: Well just a short entry for Colombo because it is only a stop-over. The flight from Amman was OK but neither of us really slept, mostly because of the time difference.  Arriving at Colombo airport was funny because of all the duty free ...

Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sigiriya

A travel blog entry by lizandsteve

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Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's ancient cities, and consists of a humungous rock fortress towering above a small village and lots of green jungle. We stayed with a lovely Sri Lankan family who fed us lots of rice and curry, and we got up early to climb the ...

Final comments and travel tips on Sri Lanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Final comments and travel tips on Sri Lanka

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... ! English is spoken by nearly everyone who deals with the public. Most signs are written in English, Sinhala, and Tamil. Sri Lanka has some great accommodations at all price levels. There are swank boutique hotels with rooms for hundreds of ...

And so the team blog continues, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

And so the team blog continues

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Nikki, AnnaKins and Jackson here reporting for blog duty part 2!   So let's start with yesterday. Nikki spent the morning, and we mean all morning, slicing the ends of the green beans. When you think Smile have to feed 150plus people, that equates ...

Guns and Water Features…..we must be in Sri, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Guns and Water Features…..we must be in Sri

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... a wonderful 9 hours in Heathrow Airport because BMI decided that flights from Belfast to Heathrow shouldn't be as frequent as someone flying to Sri Lanka would like them to be. Therefore, to make the most of our time, we decided to become experts in the 5 ...

Do you have servants?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Do you have servants?

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today I was amused by one of the questions Melanii (a teacher) asked me...."do you have servants in England?" The thing is, it was a genuine question so I explained indeed we didn't.   Today the older preschoolers started to learn how to write ...

Rain andd no electric-a perfect Saturday!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Rain andd no electric-a perfect Saturday!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday was a picnic compared to Thursday's antics! The older preschool class where drawing with stencils and grasping the concept of using scissors. The younger class colored in a bunch of bananas that I had drawn - that's the height of my creativity. ...

Summing up, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Summing up

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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A video to sum up the past 5 and a half months.....enjoy!! ...

If u crocodile, don't forget to scream!, Hamnbantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

If u crocodile, don't forget to scream!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today Gourie who helps in the kitchen, was off so Milani helped to cook meaning she asked to teach her Preschool class. It just so happened that the 3 loudest and worst behaved where all present so it was all fun! I'm well used to them now and to be fair ...

Team weekend no1, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Team weekend no1

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... happy they were despite how little they had.   On Sunday morning we attended, quite possibly, the longest church service in Sri Lanka. It started as 930am and finished after Midday. The service was translated into English for us, and was lead by ...

C for Crocodile, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

C for Crocodile

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... preparing them. They also have exams in maths, Sinhala and I think the final subject is along the lines of Social Studies. Had another Sri Lanka breakfast today. This time it was noodles and potatoes in a sauce. It's funny how this now seems ...

Back to the South, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Back to the South

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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We left the hotel at 5am to travel back to Hambantota. Made it back just before 10am so it really pays off to set off before hitting the rush hour traffic.   Yesterday was a very relaxing day at the hotel. While Mark slept for a few hours, I ...

the big city calls, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

the big city calls

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... Colombo is supposed to be a bustling city, full of life and excitement. The Priminister is a Buddhist and consequently the whole of Sri Lanka has been shut down. What accommodation is available is too expensive (i.e The Hilton!) for us so we end up in ...

One big birthday party, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

One big birthday party

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... wasn't supposed to be taking it, but ended up doing so. So the first thing we played was "musical statues" - that's culture for you!  Sri Lankans have some good dance moves! They enjoyed it and by the end of it, it was hard to get anyone out. I then ...

Up late tonight!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Up late tonight!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... our new housemate (translator) is coming on Friday after his driving test. To be fair, from experiencing their driving, you wouldn't think Sri Lankans took driving tests, but apparently they do! It'll be good to see a few different faces about the ...

This is the day, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

This is the day

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today was the start of the 2.5day kids camp at church. It is running from 8am-10pm, and finishing before the Sunday morning church service. Ages range from about 4 right up until 15 and I counted around 40 kids. All the children are sleeping in the ...

We've found him....we've found Banda!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

We've found him....we've found Banda!!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today was our last day with the afterschoolers as we are leaving tomorrow at lunchtime. There was a great deal to be getting on with. In the morning time we went with Nayani to Samodagama School, a very poor school in a deprived part of Hambantota. We ...

Little power, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Little power

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Another day without electricity. Apparently the day long powercuts are on purpose. They are working on the generators. It wasn't too bad as I was outside most of the day, but the others felt the heat! There is still limited power and i'm expecting ...

Cultural Triangle, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Cultural Triangle

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... covering an area of over sixteen square miles. During the late Anuradhapura period, the royal family and nobility of Sri Lanka strongly supported Buddhism. As such, they frequently commissioned works of art and donated these items to Buddhist temples. In ...

Bringing out my artistic side, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Bringing out my artistic side

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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In Preschool today, they were drawing fruit bowls! It is something else when a 4/5year old can produce a better drawing than you. There was also a parents meeting for the preschool parents. This was to inform of the Sports day that is happening at the ...

Galle and Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Galle and Mirissa

A travel blog entry by lizandsteve

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... ocean and formations on the other side. Like many other parks and semi-secluded places here, there were lots of lovey dovey Sri Lankan couples behind trees and ruins - very cute! Alot of restoration and renovation work is being done on the buildings ...

And she's down...., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

And she's down....

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... empty, which will fill overnight, so we have 1 shower between 5 of us! On the plus side, we were at the beach to see Sri Lanka's amazing sunset.   And as I type, Mr Gordon is flying back to England. He shall return as he's left his beloved hat!! ...

Everyone say cheese, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Everyone say cheese

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... night!   The comical highlight of today was Gordon learning how to cook! He wanted to know how to make this delicious Sri Lankan steamed pudding so Parody (the cook) with Gourie her able assistant, came over for a cooking demonstration. Mark and I ...

Sweet time in Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sweet time in Kandy

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... will have some interesting comments to add as well. Kandy was the capital of a kingdom that one ruled the interior of Sri Lanka prior to British rule. Kandyians still carry on a rich tradition of crafts, dance, and Buddhist practice which draws lots ...

Dambulla Caves, Dambulla, Sri Lanka travel blog

Dambulla Caves

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... be. Today is the start of this Buddhist festival everyone has been raving about and it's packed. As we leave the third cave a youngish Sri Lankan lady says hello and asks where I am from. I tell her England, her eyes open wider and gleam at me like I'm a ...

It's raining, it's pouring....but it's still warm!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's raining, it's pouring....but it's still warm!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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So it has rained on and off all day today, but our spirits weren't dampened! I was interested to see how the day would work, especially for preschool, as they spend most of their time outside. It all worked out well - we were able to improvise and all in ...

The old and the new, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The old and the new

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today we left at 8a, for Galle. Galle is the fourth largest town in Sri Lanka and is divided into the old town, which is contained within a fort, and the new town.   Before exploring Galle, we went a few miles outside to a beach where you can go ...

Is it Christmas already?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Is it Christmas already?

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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It's been a busy and tiring few days. Wednesday was Poya, which is a Buddhist festival. It happens every month when there's a full moon so everywhere, including the school, are closed for the day. On Tuesday after school we traveled up to Colombo as we ...

Crazy driving to a relaxing beach, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka travel blog

Crazy driving to a relaxing beach

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... "British style" in the left lane in South Africa, we decided to take a chance and do something that foreigners hardly ever do in Sri Lanka, we rented a car! Ummm, lets just say that it is the most extreme driving I have ever done, and actually it is a ...

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