Blogs from Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, Asia - page 7


Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 10th 2008

I can't believe how quick my time in India has gone! I feel a moment of sadness when the custom's guy stamps my passport. That's it I've left India and all my new friends behind me :( Then it's quickly replaced by excitement - I'm on plane back to beautiful Sri Lanka, somewhere I've already been lucky enough to visit once and this time I'm here to see Helen for her wedding. No one else seems to be getting off the plane in Sri Lanka, they're all in transit on to London. I get to baggage reclaim and sure enough on the last baggage carousel my lonely backpack creaks slowly round and round. I pick up my bag and head through customs half expecting to have that usual sinking feeling when I realise there is no ... read more
Tuk tuk!

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo July 19th 2008

Nothing can bring so much joy other than landing during the season of monsoon. At this time of the year the heavy downpour sweeps away this tinny little island mercilessly. The unlawful wind makes tall coconut trees to bend all the directions. They are out of control. They have to obey the wind or break in half. The tarmac of the landing zone is puddled with little potholes. As we slowly came down above Mannar beach, we were welcome by the heavy rain and the wind. We shook ourselves as we accepted the might of the nature. Finally the pilot announced that we were ready to land. He asked us to grab the seat handles, to use the seatbelts and stay as calm as possible. I could see that most passengers on board were expressing fear ... read more
Duriyan fruits on sale - On the way to Galle
Mangustan on sale -  On the way to Galle
Fruit market - Galle

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 21st 2008

Heute war hier gleich dreifacher Feiertag: 1. Vollmond fuer die Buddhisten 2. Karfreitag fuer die Christen und 3. Prophetengeburtstag fuer die Moslems. Demensprechend rausgeputzt sahen die Leute in der Stadt auch aus. Ansonsten hat man hier an Feiertagen echt Muehe einen Geldautomaten zu finden: Die sind alle in der Bank, und die ist bekanntlich geschlossen.... sehr eigenartiges System. Da ich zum Abschluss viel zu viele Rupien uebrig habe, goenne ich mir noch einen Aufenthalt in der Lounge am Flughafen (5 Euro). Ist nichts besonderes, aber angenehm, um die 3 Stunden rumzukriegen, die man hier besser vorher da sein muss. Die TukTukfahrt zum Flughafen (20 Minuten) zeigte wieder die angespannte Situation hier im Lande: Wir wurden erst auf der Strasse zweimal angehalten und mussten uns ausweisen, und unmittelbar vorm Flughafen nochmal. Ins Terminal kommt sowieso nur wer ... read more
Buddhistischer Tempel
Und noch eine Kirche...

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 9th 2008

March 8, 2008 COLOMBO, SRI LANKA After a late night arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka ( “Ceylon” for us old guys ), we started our day after lunch with a drive to Kandy, Sri Lanka. On the way we stopped at an elephant orphanage that was set up to rescue orphaned or injured elephants. Now the facility has about 80 elephants of various ages up to over 60 years old. Some are babies and some have been abandoned by the herd or injured by land mines in the north of Sri Lanka. The resident herd is also producing more offspring and adding to their numbers. The land mine issue is a result of the 24 year struggle with the Tamils ( originally from India ) who are living in the north of Sri Lanka and want ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 24th 2008

Hello, My third week in Sri Lanka seems to have gone very quickly! Last Sunday we took a long train journey through the beautiful Hill Country, arriving in Bandarawela - 7 hours by train but the fantastic views made it seem shorter. In the evening we went round to the house of a local family (friends of our tour guide) for some traditional Sri Lankan cooking (my contriubtion was chopping a few spring onions!). They gave us tips on managing the traditional eating with our hands (we all went straight back to cutlery the next night!). We then had a fabulous two days walking in the mountains (about 30km split over two days), walking through remote tea plantations and villages. From schoolchildren to tea-pluckers, everyone was posing for photographs and curious to see their digital image ... read more
Sri Lanka57 - Bandarawela - Sybille's birthday1
Sri Lanka58 - Bandarawela - Sybille's birthday2
Sri Lanka59 - Bandarawela - Sybille's birthday3


Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 8th 2008

Size of country 277 miles long 140 miles across at its widest point - land area about same as Ireland - 20 million pop I have to say that SL is beautiful and has everything - however there is a war going on between the government and the Tamil Tigers. There was a load of security in the centre of Colombo and whilst we were there, there were repeated bombings. However we have had a great time and not least because there are loads of elephants and the Sri Lankans stuffed an elephant called "Tusker" and made it a national treasure on show next to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy!! We started off at the Elephant Orphanage - 60 odd elephants - happy lives - their daily schedule is - get fed - play ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo November 18th 2007

At the end of October we said goodbye to Galle, which has been our home for the last 2 years. As Murray & I celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, we realise that we have spent more of our married life in Sri Lanka than in NZ. Leaving was very emotional, and as we left we shared a tear with our neighbours. We have been living in Colombo for the last 3 weeks as Murray ties up some loose ends in the Head office. This week we fly back to New Zealand for a month to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends. In early January we head to the UK to receive a briefing before we are sent to Kenya in mid-January for Murray to start his new job. Charlotte is also on the move. In ... read more
Some Galle friends at our farewell
Charlottes new move . . . .

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo October 14th 2007

We are just about at the finish line for our South East Asian adventures and it's been a really interesting experience. After the rendezvous in Bangkok with the guys we headed north to Chang Mai. Here we started gathering essentials for our journey to the lands of Europe and christmas gifts for the family seeing as we will be broke when we get home. This town was supposed to be relaxed and chilled out and it was.....until.....some punk ass jacked Russ's camera. Yeah it blew....we had just picked up some laundry and were walking back to our guesthouse, one hand was full of laundry and the other with his camera and planner where he kept all his important things. We were only about 60 ft. from our guesthouse when these two teenage guys pulled up behind ... read more
Mho Paeng Waterfall
Where in the World..
Ready to Rock

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo July 10th 2007

Sorry. Don't know if I'll get back to cover Jaipur and the India road stories. Computer access is a little harder to come by these days, so I thought I would stay current and fill in the gaps later. I'll leave some stories to tell when we get back. We arrived in Sri Lanka safe and sound. The first full day here we retraced our steps and found Rachel's orphanage. Two of the workers (a nun and a civilian) were there when Rachel was processed through in 1994 (They don't remember her, but they recognize their handwriting on the documents. We stayed for about 90 minutes and toured the facilities. We also visited another Convent in Colombo, this one run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa. Rachel's birth mother had stayed there a while with ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo June 3rd 2007

I have decided that the picture I painted of India was too negative. I love the place. Hence this is going to be a positive description of how we started our honeymoon. Day 1: We arrived at the stunningly beautiful Trichy airport at 5am where the extemely helpful security guards asked us to line up to get in to the airport itself. Then, the extremely efficient staff had to X-ray all of our bags before we could go to the check-in counter. We were thoughtfully informed that no radioactive materials could be taken onto the plane and then, in the interests of our own safety, our bags were all searched after being X-rayed. The batteries of our two torches were duly removed. But, of course, devices such as cameras, mobile phones and MP3 players had ... read more
The main of many Buddhas in Colombo
The Colombo Swimming Club
Another beautiful temple in Beria lake

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