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... despite the fact that I've studied whales and dolphins for 15 years, I still have never seen one. So, obviously, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. But although I somehow justify the immeasurable carbon footprint of my worldy travels, I still worry about the impact of tourism. In this case I spent a couple of hours researching the blue whale tourism industry in Sri Lanka online and it became apparent that it was not the kind of tourism I felt could ...
... wiped out by a sunami ten years ago. We talked to survivors who said that they didn't have any time to escape. Many people lost their parents and children who got swept away. We spent some time with a native guy named Kuma who lost every thing but has managed to bounce back. He rebuilt his house and has a small beach shack with two tables where he will serve you a fresh seafood meal upon request by going ...
... some of the history.
The only problem was battling the crazy traffic. We were on the bikes for a whole 2 minutes before our first intersection and our first (and thankfully last) ‘near miss’. To point blame, it was probably our guides as he instructed us to cross the road with an oncoming bus imminent! There was definitely not enough time for the two of us to cross, but just enough for him. The bus slammed on its ...
... and had heard it all before. He gave us the biggest of smiles as he nodded good bye and steered his little tuktuk off into the night with not a tail light in sight. The other tuktuk had already passed us on the return trip and the others were waiting for us outside the hotel wondering what had happened to us. We said good night and hastened to bed as we needed to be up early for a boat trip in the morning, a recommendation from a tuktuk driver from day ...
Today was our first day in the orphanage. We spent time in the baby and toddler unit, it was exactly how I expected but even though I thought I would be prepared for what I saw, it was a totally different experience actually being there. There are so many babies and toddlers and not enough staff to care for their immediate needs, I won't go into any more details, but it was very harrowing. On top of this there is an outbreak ...
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