Travel Blogs from Sri Lanka

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Post-Tsunami Panic, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

Post-Tsunami Panic

A travel blog entry by cosmicllama

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... As we left Tangalle, we felt as though we had hit another wall. It was frustrating to know the need for help was widespread in Sri Lanka, and we felt disappointed at a personal level not to have found a niche in Tangalle. We agreed when we came to Sri ...

Missing person.....answers to the name

Missing person.....answers to the name "Andy"

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday evening, after waving goodbye to Ronali and Rodrick, Andy decided to set out on a walk. Andy is the new builder who arrived down to Hambantota last Thursday, so is pretty new to the area. An hour and a half later we realized he hadn't arrived ...

The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka travel blog

The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

A travel blog entry by ramdux

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Sri Lanka has a cultural triangle as named by ...

Back to Mirissa - a birthday to remember!, Mirissa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Back to Mirissa - a birthday to remember!

A travel blog entry by bridgetluke

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... family started turning up and a surprise party had been arranged for her. The next thing we know we are joining in with Sri Lankan singing and dancing, there's fireworks going off and everyone is singing happy birthday to Gayani and me with a big ...

Kataragama - Sacred Sri Lankan Town, Kataragama, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kataragama - Sacred Sri Lankan Town

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... itself. The Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and sometimes even Christian all worship here together - its one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka along with the Temple of the Tooth which we already visited in Kandy. We stayed for about an hour, smelling the ...

A relaxing day, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A relaxing day

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... for the Sports Day i.e. a man's skirt. If I have to wear a Sari, then he also has to be in traditional Sri Lankan wear. Along the bottom has ducks holding umbrellas - a little reminder of home!   This afternoon was spent getting acquainted with ...

Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka travel blog

Kandy

A travel blog entry by rbisset

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... one tenth of the price we paid for the taxi, bound for Kandy.   My first impressions of local transport in Sri Lanka were similar to Central America, cramped and crowded. Leg room was non-existent, especially with my backpack between my ...

In a prison. In Sri Lanka....., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

In a prison. In Sri Lanka.....

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... , we thought we would sing the mother of all action songs “if you’re happy and you know it”. In Sri Lanka. In a prison. They absolutely loved this and joined in, as did the gaurds, with all the actions including wiggling their toes and ...

The return trip has begun...Team Blog, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The return trip has begun...Team Blog

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... our internet will be up and running in the next few days so we can be more regular. So until them, Smile Team Sri Lanka Oct08 say farewell!!   PS. Apparently if you google "Hambantota photos" some very interesting pictures of our very own Mr ...

A typical day, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A typical day

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... !   9am - 930am - breakfast. Not cornflakes but rice and curry, or noodles or something equally random! A typical Sri Lankan breakfast   930am - 10am - unstructured play. Usually involves them running around, kicking a ball etc   ...

Tangalle'd up in Blue, Tangalla, Sri Lanka travel blog

Tangalle'd up in Blue

A travel blog entry by bakkepackers

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After seeing a leopard and lots of other exotic wildlife, it was time to unwind on a tropical beach. (Sri Lanka has almost everything you could want in a vacation destination.) Dennis and I took a two-hour bus ride from Tissa to Tangalle after our safari ...

Never mind the Ikea, feel the eco, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka travel blog

Never mind the Ikea, feel the eco

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... wusses. That night we would tackle Adam's Peak, known by the locals as Sri Pada (Illustrious Footprint), the second highest mountain in Sri Lanka, so we grabbed a few hours sleep. 17/12 It would be suicide to take on the 7,500 feet that is ...

Sing-a-long fun, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sing-a-long fun

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Today in Preschool the children were mainly practicing for their sports day next week. Some games include finding the other half of a piece of fruit they are given, counting out toys and putting them in the bags and giving a doll some medicine without ...

Safari, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Safari

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday 8 of us headed of for our first Yala experience. The jeep driver was great, although at times on the way there, we were holding on for dear life! But sure that's all part of the fun!   A stretch of Yala borders the beach so it was ...

Tangalled Up in Blue, Tangalle, Sri Lanka travel blog

Tangalled Up in Blue

A travel blog entry by cosmicllama

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... damage is said to pale in comparison to that of the east, is horribly affected nonetheless. It is apparent that Sri Lanka needs major assistance. And the country is receiving assistance. Refugee camps are set up throughout the region; international ...

Hikkaduwa....Another stunning Sri Lankan Beach!, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Hikkaduwa....Another stunning Sri Lankan Beach!

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... Hikkaduwa diddnt have a great write up in our crappy guidebook!! But it sounded appealing - known as "the" backpacker ghetto of Sri Lanka, the original hippy hangout of the country set on the coast with a beach and budget guesthouses. Its beautiful, a ...

123,123, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

123,123

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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Yesterday saw another death defying jeep ride - 10mins of clinging for dear life (ok I'm exaggerating a little!). This time it was to a temple on top of a mountain, on the way to Kataragama. The scenery was amazing - you felt that if you reached up you ...

Shakespare, salt and Sunday school, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Shakespare, salt and Sunday school

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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First of all I can't believe I've just typed in the 31/08/07 in the date field. I don't know where August has gone to and it also means I only have 1 complete month left - but to be fair I'm here for nearly all of October as well so it's all good. The ...

From tea to Tamil Tigers., Arugam bay, Potovil, Sri Lanka travel blog

From tea to Tamil Tigers.

A travel blog entry by bloomer

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... , which you will read about shortly, if you so care to turn the page to the next entry. . . . * "Arrack" is a liquor in Sri Lanka, made from coconut juice, fermented and distilled to about 70 proof, and drunk profusely by the men, generally in ...

It's the old communications problem again...!!, Colombo, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's the old communications problem again...!!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... of chicken pizza, hot dogs or bread rolls covered in sugar. Pretty standard I think you'll agree. Having been dropped outside Sri Lanka’s answer to Harrods by Heshan, we soon discovered that it does not open until 9.50am…..again as we are in ...

Crying, cricket and cake!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Crying, cricket and cake!

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... afternoon, and as expected quite emotional!   It was then into the van for the long drive to Colombo to watch England play Sri Lanka at cricket on Saturday. I knew nothing about cricket and thought I would be bored within the hour. However it was ...

Everything can change within 5 minutes, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Everything can change within 5 minutes

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... school was closed today as a precaution, but no children turned up anyway. I have to say there is a great sense of camaraderie amongst Sri Lankan's - I think it must have been a taster of what it was like during the war last night! They look out for each ...

Out Of India!, Colombo,, Sri Lanka travel blog

Out Of India!

A travel blog entry by bloomer

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... is the home of the Temple of the Tooth, and apparently I have arrived on the first day of the most major festival in Sri Lanka--the Tooth festival. . I wonder what the tooth fairy would give for buddhas tooth. Probably at least 20 bucks. The tooth, from ...

Flowers and Butterflies, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Flowers and Butterflies

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... and bemused Sri Lankan looks. Needless to say we will never be asked to perform this song again! We finished the evening off with delicious watalapan, a traditional Sri Lanka dessert with is basically eggs, sugar and butter but tastes absolutely ...

Paradise in Panama, Panama, Sri Lanka travel blog

Paradise in Panama

A travel blog entry by thymeoff

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... completely oblivious to what was happening around them. Alternately, they might photograph the varied flowers of the area, including Sri Lanka’s national flower - the pale blue lotus or Nymphaea nouchal. It was later that afternoon during our drive ...

The long and bumpy road, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The long and bumpy road

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... ! Anyway he came back 30mins later with a van so that was good!   It is a completely different side to the parts of Sri Lanka that I have seen so far, which have all been by the coast. As we went inland and drove further and further above sea ...

Mirissa - Roti central & whale watching, Mirissa, Sri Lanka travel blog

Mirissa - Roti central & whale watching

A travel blog entry by bridgetluke

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... decided to pre order some curry for the evening. When we came back for dinner the curries turned out to be some of the nicest Sri Lankan food we have had to date. Bridget had a devilled chicken curry which was nice and very spicy. I had a vegetable curry ...

The Other Side of Jaffna, Killinochi, Sri Lanka travel blog

The Other Side of Jaffna

A travel blog entry by thymeoff

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... after house along the roadside had been bombed, and most were still in a state of disrepair three years after war had ended. Sri Lankan army camps and check-posts were located at regular intervals all along the way, although they did not appear to be ...

Halfway through, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Halfway through

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... for tomorrow's pot luck. Mark's making trifle without custard or cream (i.e. jelly and fruit), I'm making a pasta salad and Gordon's doing some vegetables Sri Lankan style - Masterchef beckons I think! O and we have 50 bits of paper to finish ...

A messy day, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

A messy day

A travel blog entry by carjack83

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... there was Naomi and Hilary (who we know from pot luck dinner) and another couple from UK called Pam and Keith who frequently visit Sri Lanka as child counselors.  It was an enjoyable evening, and is the Sri Lankan way, there was plenty of food!! ...

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