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Saturday minus electricity, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Saturday minus electricity

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Have just put dinner in the oven - am very hungry so looking forward to our chicken, potatoes and carrots! the electric has been off from 9am and came on again around 5pm so it's been a very lazy day. The height of our expeditions was a walk down to the ...

Lots and Lots of aliya, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Lots and Lots of aliya

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today we went to an elephant park where 500 wild elephants roam free over 73000acres, or maybe it was 7300acres! This meant another jeep ride, although I have to say it was the tamest so far. The elephants came right up to the jeep. The tour guide seemed ...

It's been a month, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's been a month

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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How independent the preschoolers have come - today they didn't want the teachers to do the Hokey Pokey with them, so we had to stand back and watch from afar. Well they needed some prompts now and then!   Today didn't do too badly with the lack of ...

Colombo's Unsolved Mystery, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Colombo's Unsolved Mystery

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... vehicle as if they were spectators at Wimbledon honing their skills for the forthcoming Gawping World Championships series versus India (I fancy Sri Lanka for the title) and not forgetting each town's own version of Crufts where 'Mongrel' would sadly be ...

The Cultural Triangle--More than Three Sides, Pollonaruwa, Sri Lanka travel blog

The Cultural Triangle--More than Three Sides

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... Sinhalese fought back. The Tamils were not the first invaders, however. Prior to the Tamils, the Sinhalese themselves colonized Sri Lanka, displacing or mixing with the native Sri Lankan people. Legends also depict invasions from India. Rama, ...

Weekend round up, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Weekend round up

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday afternoon while sitting outside listening to music, a lovely snake crawled out in front of me. It's been a few weeks now since the last sighting. Maybe it was the mysterious one that was never found in the school or perhaps ones of its friends. ...

Toilet anyone?!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Toilet anyone?!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... ! The journey from Colombo to Hambantota should usually take between 5-6hours, but today it took 8-9 hours. This is because we had Sri Lanka's slowest driver who also seemed to get a bit lost and would only take directions from his wife who did not know ...

Indescribable, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Indescribable

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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After 5 weeks, we are well into our Sunday routine! It has also become the day that makes up for our lack of exercise throughout the week! We make the 1.5 km stroll to church and back again. In the heat of the morning, it seems like quite a distance! ...

Moths, baby food and plane tickets, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Moths, baby food and plane tickets

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... in Hong Kong has been on a spending spree with my card, totaling 3000! This is the second time it has happened to me while in Sri Lanka - it happened in August with someone in Oz living a fine life on my money! If you are by chance the person who is ...

Still raining!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Still raining!!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Another Friday and another afternoon of rain and power cuts. As I keep saying, I can't believe the weekend has come around again!   The afterschool class on Friday is the one that has the most knowledge so they are actually the most challenging ...

Sri Lanka's got Talent, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka's got Talent

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... at their standard yet…apparently it’s all in the way you move your hips! Britians not quite got talent yet, but Sri Lanka certainly has!   We are pleased to announce that Smile Lanka has finally heard Caroline’s pleas and got a fish ...

Psychology at work, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Psychology at work

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today we had a teacher's meeting with Naomi. She is an American lady who we met at the pot luck dinner. She's has trained as a child psychologist and came along today to find out the problems and issues the teachers had with the children and then advise ...

Randy Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Randy Kandy

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... his day off, so we decided to put him to the sword once again with a nice two hour drive north. The destination being Sri Lanka's very own Ayers Rock, Sigiriya. An oblong, 600 foot lump of rock with a very shaky looking staircase precariously attached to ...

Ham, Ban and Tota, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ham, Ban and Tota

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... climbing through the windows-no fish deserve to die in such a way! I think we'll just have to come to the conclusion that Smile Lanka won't have any fish as mascots! Sadly we already had the names picked as well- Ham, Ban and Tota the ...

It's all a little fishy...., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's all a little fishy....

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... ! It is at times like these that I'm sure people are wondering if it was wise allowing me to be let loose on the kids of Sri Lanka! Anyway there was fits of laughter so all enjoyed - as they say back home, it was the best craic!   Preschool again ...

The one without a title, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The one without a title

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today Mark and I were tasked with being in charge of the Preschool's entertainment from start to finish. When this has happened before, they usually told me 5mins before the class was due to start but this time we were told yesterday. We did everything ...

Practice makes perfect...or does it?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Practice makes perfect...or does it?

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today the Preschoolers spent almost 2hours trying to prefect their band playing for the opening! They all have very good rhythm and can keep the beat, but when it comes to walking and playing, it's disastrous! They are in lines of 3, but they all can't ...

They could nearly be counted on 1 hand, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

They could nearly be counted on 1 hand

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... visit us so he said he'd call in tomorrow instead. That means we have a task for tomorrow-to find out how to make a cup of Sri Lankan tea! It's not a case of putting a teabag in a teapot and adding water, they use tea leaves, powdered milk and about half ...

Fruit salad, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Fruit salad

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... means the mad afternoon of games, games and more games! Today the games "duck duck goose" and "fruit salad" were introduced to Sri Lanka. They could have played them for hours.  When you have 35 kids running about, 15minutes is quite enough per ...

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 ...

The wheels on the bus, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The wheels on the bus

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today I started to teach the preschoolers "The wheels on the bus". It's amazing how quickly the younger ones pick things up - I've been here 6weeks and can just about count to 5 and say about 10 words which are mostly food! If you compare that with them, ...

Sri Lanka here we come, Negombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka here we come

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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Today we fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The flight took 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Airlines and is one of the best flights I've ever had. We landed just after lunch time and airport security was at its maximum. We had no idea where we were headed so we ...

Home Of The Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Home Of The Tooth

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... a persistent cough some weeks back that annoyed the Princess to such a degree that she developed an even more annoying cough (if Sri Lanka had Sea Lions, they would have been convinced that mating season had started early). There was some sort of Buddhist ...

A full house, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A full house

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday the preschoolers spent most of the morning in the new classroom practicing for the opening. This involved doing the Hokey Pokey at least 5times and practicing their sinhala song.  By next week they should be experts! Today they had a short ...

Roadtrip to Kataragama, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Roadtrip to Kataragama

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Last night we all loaded up a van and headed to a festival in Kataragama (about 40kims outside Hambantota). There aout 9\10 of us altogether with 3 children, what seemed like 50litres of water and enough food to feed the whole of Hambantota ...

Shrek3!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Shrek3!!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Ronalli came down this morning and is staying til tomorow afternoon. it's always good to have another person around. Tomorrow afternoon she is meeting with a lady from USA who is a child pschologist. She is very interested in training the teachers on how ...

Where is Banda?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Where is Banda?

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... to tell the story! Half an hour before the Afterschoolers, we were informed that we were teaching 2 45 minute classes. Again, in Sri Lanka preparation is key! So after deliberation we had a brain wave and decided that writing on the wall with chalk would ...

The day the snake came to for breakfast, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The day the snake came to for breakfast

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... this will be given the go ahead. renalli had now headed back home to columbo so it's just gordon and i ready to take on sri lanka! it as good having her around. on the plis side she'll be down every frw weeks. tomorrow the school is closed as it's ...

Searching For The Fishermen, Galle, Sri Lanka travel blog

Searching For The Fishermen

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... I hope this is just a problem that will be resolved as the industry matures but at this point we wouldn't recommend whale chasing in Sri Lanka and it didn't appear that many others on our boat enjoyed the activity. On our way to Unawatuna, we did pass a ...

100 days, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

100 days

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... on the seats and others standing on kitchen chairs with the table nearly collapsing still makes me chuckle!  The best thing about Sri Lanka in general is the people. I've yet to meet an unfriendly Sri Lankan or anyone who wouldn't bend over ...

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