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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kid in a Kandy shop, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kid in a Kandy shop

A travel blog entry by dazzla

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... an All Access pass at a baseball 'All-Star' game (providing you like baseball, of course). Absolutely fantastic. Wednesday December 10th Sri Lanka vs England, Second Test, Day One Got to the ground in plenty of time to get a ticket. I decided that ...

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 ...

Finding my mojo on the way to Negombo, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Finding my mojo on the way to Negombo

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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...     It wasn't much of an argument, but I did manage to get a decent adrenalin buzz.       We leave Sri Lanka in two days. The people and their country are magnificent. I only wish we'd have come five years ago, before the European ...

Keeping bus-y in Sri Lanka!!, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Keeping bus-y in Sri Lanka!!

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... to date. Whilst the sun was sinking we also discovered (through a man with crazy hair, a Hawaiian shirt and bandy legs) that Sri Lanka were playing England the next day in a day/night cricket match. Having learnt the ins and outs of the game so ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sri Lanka's Primeval Rainforest, Sinharaja Natural Heritage Area, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka's Primeval Rainforest

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... . New England has its golden-brown blueberry pancakes topped with melted creamery butter and 100% maple syrup (Aunt Jemima? Forget it.). Sri Lanka has its treacle and curd. Treacle is a rich brown. Poured on fresh curd and inserted into your mouth, ...

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 ...

Elephant Road Crossing, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Elephant Road Crossing

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... lives. War (albeit back in 1073) was also the reason for the establishment of Polonnaruwa as the royal capital of Sri Lanka after Anuradhapura was conquered by invading Kingdoms from India. Today, the ancient city’s ruins remain in remarkably good ...

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 ...

Lost in Antiquity, Dambulla, Sigyria, and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Lost in Antiquity

A travel blog entry by cosmicllama

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DAMBULLA, SIGIRIYA,AND POLONNARUWA We made our way from the spectacular Knuckles Range to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, stopping along the way to see Dambulla and Sigiriya. The Dambulla cave temples are about 2,000 years old and contain hundreds ...

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