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Wildlife, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Wildlife

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... the house and was comteplating booking my flight back to Belfast! I liked it when I was indenial and believed that there are no rodents in Sri Lanka, but now i've seen one (albeit dead), that means there has to be at least one more about. I set on the ...

Stig of the dump, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Stig of the dump

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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So how do you spend a Saturday afternoon in Hambantota? You go to the local rubbish dump! No we haven't gone insane, the wild elephants come to feed from the dump, so we thought we would see if we could catch a glimpse of them. We managed to see 2. Now ...

Let the music begin!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Let the music begin!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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My purpose here has nearly been fulfilled because today, while singing "the wheels on the bus" with the preschool children, there was a definite Belfast twang when they said "horn"! That's what I call success! A new boy started today as well - always ...

Stay away from the contagious one!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Stay away from the contagious one!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday the band was practicing, but this time only for 30mins. After that it was time to play. In the morning, a few girls come and learn to use a sewing machine as they don't go to school. This usually means now that we spend some of the morning ...

Happy Children's day!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Happy Children's day!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... place overlooking the sea. After an initial rainstorm, they all got out and ran about. Most surreal moment for me was me dancing Sri Lankan style, with Namil, on top of a hill, to ringtones on my phone!  You couldn't write the script! Also they all ...

Oh no not again, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Oh no not again

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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We have to spend one more night here in Colombo as close to the airport (i would have been happy to sleep on the run way) as we can get because we dont fly till tomorrow morning. We have just enough rupees to pay for our room, eat very little and buy a ...

4kgs of chocolate cake please!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

4kgs of chocolate cake please!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... we please pay them some money - stones and leaves to you and I. We had a great time being driven back and forth between Sri Lanka and England on possibly the safest and most comfortable ride we’ve ever had on Sri Lankan public transport! If only ...

Full moon, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Full moon

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... planning permission is granted. the also need to get a survey done first so they can establish exactly where the boundaries are. hopefully there will be time on saturday to head out somehere and see a bit more of sri lanka. that's really all for ...

Candyfloss, cows and cobras, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Candyfloss, cows and cobras

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... and when i asked them what they were going to do with it, they said release it. i personally would have gone for the other option of a hammar to the head! so that's just another sunday in sri lanka. i can't see anything else happening today......i ...

"T.W.P"

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... "Little Adams Peak". It is named after its bigger brother “Adam’s Peak”, which is the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka as all the religions have a story about it, for example Buddhists believe the footprint at the top is the footprint ...

It's not as easy as ABC, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's not as easy as ABC

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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    Yesterday the afterschoolers had to draw a happy memory. There were some very good drawings-better than any I could have attempted. The older Preschool children continued with their workbooks. The book has a range of exercises from ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

7 days in Lanka, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka travel blog

7 days in Lanka

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... enjoy our version more than Celine Dion’s…Music people of the world, I beg of you that you import some decent music to Sri Lanka Prison…We were invited to an open prison, which has 166 men (mostly for drug crimes).  We were there ...

Expensive bananas and elephants, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Expensive bananas and elephants

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday at Preschool, the older ones were learning to write in sinhala, while the younger ones were drawing with colouring pencils. As I an equally useless at both these things (although I do sharpen a good point on a pencil) I decided to try and learn ...

Insects, insects everywhere, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Insects, insects everywhere

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Preschool today was back to normal with 30plus children. They were making butterflies. I don't know how the teachers come up with so many craft ideas - even with access to the Internet I struggle to find just one! Also started to teach them a new song - ...

A first, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A first

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... the 40/45 children that attend, only around 12 were in the class as the other children come from mainly Buddhist backgrounds. In Sri Lanka, the only religion taught in schools is Buddhism. So this really is a breakthrough, especially as it could be the ...

Lots and lots of butterflies!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Lots and lots of butterflies!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday after church I bought my very first, and possibly last, Sari! I can now call myself a true Sri Lankan! The school is having a sports day type event at the start of August so the teachers wanted me to wear one to it! All I'm missing is the top ...

Mr Patrick, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Mr Patrick

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... in Hambantota in the 80's. It was only when he left that I was told his name is Patrick!! Never did I expect to meet a Sri Lankan with such an Irish name! I think it's hilarious! No doubt his name is pronounced slightly more exotically over here, but ...

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 Elephant, Giraffe and Monkey..., Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka travel blog

The Elephant, Giraffe and Monkey...

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... a new catchy name), squeeze, balloon team games….and of course it wouldn’t be complete without an “England v Sri Lanka” cricket match, which we obviously won against one of the biggest cricketing nations! It was really good fun ...

Manic with a capital MANIC!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Manic with a capital MANIC!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today I woke up and it was like any other Thursday-the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the sky was blue. Ronali, Rodrick and Summit the faithful driver had come down yesterday and stayed until tonight. Everything was rosy in the garden. The only ...

A tuneful night, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A tuneful night

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Last night, the builders were in fine form. They must have decided that they would have a little sing a long complete with a drum and tambourine. Don't have a clue where these appeared from, but they were singing their hearts out until 1030 outside my ...

Kataragama take 2, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kataragama take 2

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday at Preschool I took Chandima's class as she wasn't in until lunchtime. She takes the younger preschoolers during their learning time. So they started off playing with Lego and bricks and then did some colouring in. the afterschool class ...

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 ...

13th of June already!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

13th of June already!!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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When I think of Wednesday's, it now makes me think of a birthday party! Again in the afterschool club, I was in charge of the younger class on their "creative day" which is basically playing party games. I started the afternoon with about 15, but by 4pm, ...

5 days worth...., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

5 days worth....

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... horror and dismay when browsing through some CD's though. I have to ask the question, how on earth has Daniel O'Donnell made it to Sri Lanka?!   After a lunch at a very nice cricket club and a puncture later, it was time to set off back down to ...

Holiday mode, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Holiday mode

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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It's hard to believe that's the first week of the school holidays over.  It seems like only yesterday that we were all running around at the sports days. I know we are in a different time zone over here, but sometimes I think time goes at a faster ...

Full Moon in the Jungle, Kithulgala, Sri Lanka travel blog

Full Moon in the Jungle

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... cooks. Many of these places were also outside the towns and cities, in the forest areas. One other thing was clear too: that Sri Lanka, biologically and culturally speaking is probably more at risk now than any time in its history, as the forests are ...

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