Jul 29, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
With a kiss good-bye to the kids and a quickened pulse, we slowly walked into the surf. Mask on, flippers attached, we put the regulator in our mouth and went under. Brief moment of panic—wait! I can’t breathe! Oh yeah, that’s what the regulator is for—self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, or SCUBA. We haven’t dived in 7.5yrs and we were now doing a ‘refresher’ in the ocean in front of our guest house at Uppeveli Beach before doing a ‘fun dive’. Thankfully the age-old saying, ‘It’s like riding a bike’ also applied here.
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
When we arrived in Sri Lanka, we had absolutely no preconceived ‘agenda’ in place. While we had formed a rough itinerary, we were certainly (as always) open to suggestions. As we started to meet other travellers along the way, one ‘must do’ started to stand out—a safari in Yala National Park. After a bit of consideration, we decided to make an effort to see what all the hype was about, especially since we don’t plan to be in Africa anytime soon.
Jul 13, 2011
Whether at home in Australia or away, we always find local festivals are a special treat wherever we are but finding out about them and being available to attend are entirely different matters. Some people are very organised and plan their trips to coincide with festivals; we generally are not like this. But chance has been very good to us in the past—being in the right place and right time. And while we’re going to miss one of the largest and most spectacular festivals in Sri Lanka, the Kandy Esala Perahera, which takes place next month, we realised that we would be ‘in the neighbourhood’ to catch the next largest festival, the Kataragama Esala Perahera.
Jul 9, 2011
|Tea Plantations form a large part of the landscape in Hill Country|
A large part of Sri Lanka’s charm lies in the variety of its landscapes. While we got a taste of its beaches in Negombo, this past week we headed inland for the “Hill Country”. Traveling by local bus as well as by train, we spent time in 3 of the more popular destinations, each offering a distinct taste of this part of the country.
Jul 2, 2011
Sri Lanka is an easy 3.5hr plane trip from Kuala Lumpur. In spite of our 6:15am flight time, we were really excited and looking forward to our next 28 days here, especially given the experiences of our past 2 weeks as well as the fact that we haven’t been to this country before. And our first 24hrs here has not disappointed in the least.