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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 ...

Still haven't found what were looking for....., Bentota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Still haven't found what were looking for.....

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... dive across the road into a restaurant for cover and a cup of tea. We admit defeat and decide we've simply had enough of Sri Lanka, it's a horrible place and head back to Colombo hoping we can get the hell out as soon as possible. We jump on a bus and ...

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 ...

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!! ...

Searching for that picture postcard, Mirissa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Searching for that picture postcard

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... , by a new snorkel, mask and flippers for Ben as he borrowed the ones before and wants his own. We decide to call into Sri Lankan Airlines to reconfirm our flights to Bangkok and pay for them. Behind the desk is a lush picture advertising holidays to the ...

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 ...

Here we go, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka travel blog

Here we go

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... territory. The ancient city awaits us, but our first stop is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is a big tourist attraction here in Sri Lanka and it's not far from Kegalle which we have to drive through anyway. We arrive just after 11am and can only ...

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 ...

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 ...

The blog is back....it can mean only 1 thing, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka travel blog

The blog is back....it can mean only 1 thing

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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So 10 months later, the blog is reactivated as I'm back to Hambantota for a week. I wasn’t going to, but now that I’m here, it’s a natural thing to do. Although saying that, this may be the only one….who knows! There is always ...

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 ...

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 ...

Negombo and Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Negombo and Kandy

A travel blog entry by lizandsteve

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... curries, saw an enormous monitor lizard in the lake and met lots of interesting people. Overall, we're really impressed with Sri Lanka so far - it's a really beautiful, easygoing place and not really touristy compared to other places in Asia. The ...

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 ...

The tuk-tuk driver who called me Elenka, Ella, Sri Lanka travel blog

The tuk-tuk driver who called me Elenka

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... of $2.25 and that was with a healthy tip.   I'd been a bit worried about the Ella idea. On our second night in Sri Lanka I was still jet-lagged as I tossed and turned in an ugly bed. Just after three in the morning I tossed myself right out of the ...

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 ...

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