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Asia » Sri Lanka July 21st 2014

Tak a dneska je mi čtyřicet let. Na den přesně. Opět jsem vytáhl oproti silným protestům Jakuba naše dvě Gemmy z mládí - tento pocit mám velmi spjatý s očekáváním něčeho nového. Brzo ráno jsme ještě rezervovali Student Agency bus do Prahy a studovali jak jezdí 119ctka z Dejvic na letiště... Ve 13,30 z Brna, plánovaný příjezd do Prahy 16,15 a odlet po19 hodině s Turkish. Už se na ně těším, jejich palubní servis je skvělý. Je mi moje natěšení kazí Jakub, který se viditelně trápí strachem z dálkového letu a vůbec pobytu na Srí Lance. No uvidíme, snad se dokáže uklidnit a otevřít se novému. Asi trošku z horkého letiště u Colomba a místnímu chaosu nedostane šok. Pokud ano, snad jej zmírní fakt, že jsem kvůli němu a jeho klidu najmul auto i s řidičem. ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka June 5th 2014

04/06/14 At sea. During the day we will maintain a West South Westerly course across Bengal Bay. The Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world, forms the Northwestern part of the Indian Ocean. Roughly triangular in shape, it is bordered mostly by India, and Sri Lanka, to the west, Bangladesh to the north, and Myanmar, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the east. The Bay of Bengal occupies and area of 2,172,000 KM2. There has been a bit if unsettling weather the past two days, with rain yesterday and a slight swell. The swell is minimal though similar to slight turbulence is an airplane. 05/06/14 Colombo: On our approach into the harbor I was standing on deck 15 admiring the view, and noticed a lady next to me with Rosary beads in her ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka June 4th 2014

03/06/14 At Sea. Lachlan’s birthday today happy birthday mate. Today we will maintain a South Westerly course across the Andaman Sea towards Bengal Bay. The Andaman Sea is a body of water to the southeast of the Bay of Bengal, south of Myanmar, west of Thailand, north west of Malay Peninsula, north of Sumatra, and east of the Andaman Islands. The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean. Today at 10:00 a.m. the ship will be conducting a piracy drill routine. Broadcasts and alarms will sound from the bridge. Passengers are to head to their staterooms, prop the doors open, sit as far inboard as possible, and listen to instructions from ships personnel. All sounds pretty exciting to me, I have even noticed the ships side has fire hoses placed in position ready to thwart ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy May 18th 2014

I had my fantastic second night of Sri Lanka at Amaya hills, Kandy. Before we went to the hotel, we visit one more temple. The temple was bigger than the one that I visited in the morning. The second temple that I visited was really enormous and magnificent. There were a lot more people and buildings in there. Especially, some sort of speeches of some Sri Lanka people was announced continuously. It made me to be silent and it was sort of weird. Our hotel was located on Amaya hills, literally on the top of the hill. We had to ride a bus on our way there, but the road was really really narrow;; Only one car cold pass through. But our professional driver drove away through those narrow passages at least 60km/h. WOW~ When we ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo May 18th 2014

After breakfast, we had free time to enjoy, so I decided to explore around the neighboring. While hanging around, I found a massage facility. Some friends and I decided to have massage. It was my first time to take a real massage. It was awkward but really interesting. I could relieve my fatigues of my body. After then we had lunch at local sea food restaurant. I could have delicious meal in a view of nice beach. After lunch, we reached the turtle hatchery center. I could see countless number of little baby turtles were growing. They were so cute and tiny. I could only touch them which were 3 days year old. They were really lovely. Also, I could see much larger sea turtles. They were cool and beautiful. However, I could also see disabled ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Kegalle May 17th 2014

In Pinnawala, on the outskirts of the town of Kegalla, Sri Lanka, there are moments along the day when it is better to be careful going out to walk on the streets. No problems with crime or the sun burns. No more than elsewhere. Traffic is not particularly aggressive. But it is the time when the elephants go to bathe in the nearby Maya Oya River. In 1975, the Sinhalese Wildlife Department decided to open a space where orphan baby elephants, coming from the jungle and from the Natural Parks of Yala, Bundala and Udawalawe were welcomed and carefully breed. Just on the first year six small proboscis, the two males Vijaya and Neela and females Kumari, Anusha, Mathali and Komali, already lived in the newly established orphanage. Initially the orphanage had several locations, including the ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo May 11th 2014

Well folks it's the penultimate day of my trip to Sri Lanka. What better way to celebrate than to get up at 4.40am to go hiking lol Yes that's right i got up at 4.30am so we could leave at 5.30 to visit the Hortons Plain national park to see the world end, little worlds end and Bakers water falls. We neede to get there before 10am as the mist engulfs the worlds end and you don't get to see the view. So armed with our pack up breakfast we headed for the park. I nipped to the loo. Opened the door to see a nice view of the hillside but no one could see me going to spend a penny, a novelty loo stop if there ever was one lol. Answering the call of nature ... read more
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So it was time to depart and head to my next location. As usual Lala and I chatted, he pointed out various things along the way, flora and fauna, birds etc and of course I nodded off along the way. About 30 mins before arriving at the new hotel we stopped off to check the timing of the safari 2.30pm which gave me time to settle in the hotel, use the wifi and get some lunch. Also along the way we stopped off for a tambil. This is a yellow coconut which they top off and you drink the juice out from a straw. Then then cut it open and you scoop out the flesh. Lala said it was very good for you and very refreshing. He parked on one side of the road and crossed ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Ratnapura May 10th 2014

Hello dear readers, Well it's another day in paradise for me lol. Im had a restful nights sleep drifting off in my camp bed to the to the sounds of crickets, frogs chatting to each other and other local wildlife noises. All vet peaceful and not a car horn to be heard ahhhhhh! So I got up had a shower in the shower block with the sun shining down and then had brekkie. Garlic sausage and fried eggs and toast. A lovely cup,of Sri Lankan tea and a plate of fruit. The sweetest small bananas inhave ever tasted and juicy fresh pineapple. Not so keen on the water melon and guava though. So after breakfast I took to the water to go kayaking. We, me and my two companions from the Boarderlands team, were taken by ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Uva Province » Badulla May 7th 2014

Good evening readers, Some I have said a fond farewell to India and I'm now in Sri Lanka. My flight was at 18.40 so I left the hotel at 1pm to make sure I got there on time, I didn't want a repeat of the great rock and roll Heathrow incident lol. Of course it was the usual crazy taxi ride to the airport and at one point I thought I would be joining the taxi driver in the front seat as he slowed down to go over a speed bump after racing up,to it, at the airport! This was after narrowly avoiding a random pedestrian taking his life in his hands trying to cross the raid on a busy and fast stretch of road near the airport. No seat belts in the back seat! I ... read more




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