Blogs from Sri Lanka, Asia


Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Sigiriya March 24th 2015

Ooops. Well, I suppose aiming to keep an up to date blog whilst on your honeymoon was a bit ambitious! To be fair, the hotels we are in only have wifi in the lobby and it's dreadfully slow at that, but actually, we are just really enjoying ourselves and I've not wanted to turn my latop on, having as many echos of work as it does. Anyway, a quick fire through some of our highlights from the last few days. Temples and Ancient Cities. We've had a whistlestop history of Sri Lanka, from before the 1st Century, through the 3 Ancient capital cities and colonisation by the Dutch, Portuguese and, of course, the Brits. Actually in this case, the British don't have a totally terrible reputation as they did much to restore some of the ancient ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 20th 2015

I can't believe I'm still awake. On the second leg of our journey from Dubai to Columbo I was so tired I felt sick, but the sunshine and sights since arriving here have put me in a great mood, although now I'm sat in bed in our lovely hotel room I can feel my eyelids start to droop. Better get on with it then! The flights over were fine. On time and no turbulence. I watched The Imitation Game and Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 and started listening to Bill Bryson's audiobook The Thunderbolt Kit, which I was really enjoying. Owen also watched the Imitation Game, some film about Nick Drake and that new Dumb and Dumber. Both planes were full but we were fine and - most importantly - ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka March 17th 2015

After a gap of around 3 years, I've decided to resurrect this old thing to share our honeymoon adventures in Sri Lanka. We have a lot planned including visiting the National parks, an elephant orphanage and turtle sanctuary, tea plantations and of course some beach time. I'm not sure what internet access will be like but we will try to update every few days. We leave tomorrow lunchtime and OH MY GOD, I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Hambantota March 17th 2015

After five busy port days it was a welcomed relief to have a few sea days as we crossed the Bay of Bengal enroute to Sri Lanka. We had a Cruise Specialists’ dinner party one of those nights. The evening began with cocktails on the fantail for sunset. We had a Southeast Asian theme and many of our guests dressed accordingly. In the La Terrazza dining room we had two tables of eight each. Kevin and I hosted one table and Captain Corsaro hosted the other. Even though we were dining in the Italian restaurant, we figured that that since Marco Polo purportedly brought noodles from China to Italy, our Asian theme was still intact. It was a lovely evening topped off when our waiter Mario serenaded us with “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.” We arrived ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka March 8th 2015

Jeudi 19 février : A Kabul. Levé à 5:00 pour faire le trajet vers l’aéroport. Décollage vers 8 :40 avec Fly Dubaï. Direction Dubaï. Le vol c’est bien déroulé. Arrive vers 11 :30. J’ai 7 heures de transit. Fouinage : The Economist, Toblerone, McDo, 2 gros jus et un peu de repos. Décollage vers 18 :40 pour Colombo. Bon vol. Arrive en pleine nuit, a 00 :40, Les formalités d’arrive au Sri Lanka ont été très rapide, rien à signaler. Me prends une carte SIM pour mon téléphone. Change de l’argent pour avoir des Ruppees. Formalités pour la location de voiture, une Toyota RAV4 avec chauffeur. Direction hôtel le Maple Leaf, bien correct pour 58 $. Couche vers 3 :00. Le petit déjeuner sera aussi bien correct; salade de fruit avec omelette et pain. Vendredi 20 ... read more
Anuradhapura 2
Anuradhapura 3
Anuradhapura 4

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna February 26th 2015

So for a change, actually pre booked accomodation, turned out to be quite lucky as loads of the places were full! Spent 3 nights in Mirissa, not doing much, swimming in the much calmer sea, snorkelling, eating bbq fish on the beach and enjoying a cold one at the end of a 'hard day'. Took a day trip whale watching, picked up at 6 am and taken to the office next to the port. Paid 6000lkr which was alot dearer than some of the other options but was supposed to be more green (Raja and the whales). Nice fruit and omelette snack for breaky and nothing very eventful happened for the next 4 hours. Few people being sick and the odd flying fish. Soon losing any optimism. Boat turned around to head back west and could ... read more
Fish supper - Mirissa
Kingfisher eating a lizard
Rice And Curry

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo February 21st 2015

Dagen i Kandy ble som sagt tilbrakt sammen med en lokal Tuk-til sjåfør. Etter 4 lange mil i Tuk-turen kom vi frem til det som skulle være et elefant hospital. Dette var ikke noe annet enn enn en turistfelle og ikke tegn til syke eller behandling av syke elefanter. Fikk 10 minutter på ryggen til en elefant. Etter endt elefantridetur sto guiden nede ved elefanten og dro Michael i tåa og slapp ikke før han hadde fått nok tips!! Etter dette besøket ble det en tur til en krydder hage. Her ble vi smørt inn med alle mulig slags oljer som skulle hjelpe mot det meste fra Michael sitt hårmangel på hodet til hårfjerning på leggene. Etter omvisningen ble vi lurt på all slags olje til den nette sum av NOK 1.000,- ble nok skikkelig lurt ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 19th 2015

Hotellet vi har vært på de siste dagene har veldig bra standard men mangler svømmebasseng. Dette er til Michael sin store glede under bygging. Han sitter hele dagen å følger med på bygningsarbeiderne og kommentarer hvordan ting burde ha bli gjort. De har lagt ferdigplener rundt bassenget men på slutten gikk de tom for ferdigplen og hva gjør man da?? Jo da går man ut i haven til hotellet og graver opp litt plen her og litt der! Ferdigplenen leveres ikke i ruller som hjemme men i små ruter på ca. 30x30 cm. Det ferdige sesultatet ser helt jævelig ut, men de er fornøyd så da er det sikkert bra! Nå er vi ute på reisefot igjen. Startet kl. 05;00 med en biltur på 3 timer for å rekke toget kl. 09:20 fra Elle. Elle er ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay February 16th 2015

Vi har forflyttet oss til en teltleir rett på utsiden av Yala Nasjonalpark. Her bor vi som dere sikkert skjønner i telt.. Dette skulle være telt av typen luksus, men luksus her og hjemme har ikke helt samme betydningen. Det er telt av gammel årgang med to rom et soverom og et bad med dusj og toalett.... Dere kan jo bare tenke dere hvordan det er når man er på toalett (leses, når Michael er å driter)... Interessant opplevelse!!?? Det et en lampe i take og en vifte på gulvet. Rett etter ankomst var det lunsj og deretter ut på safari. Safari ble gjennomført med en Mitsubishi med påbygg og seter på lasteplanet. Det var bare å få ræva opp på planet å holde seg fast da veiene her er av ymse kvalitet... Eller rettere sagt ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Matara February 16th 2015

So left Ella early morning thinking there would be less people on the bus. At least 30 people waiting and only one bus an hour out of there! Most people go in via train but not really an ample outlet. So standing on the bus for an hour, whizzing round crazy bends until finally we reached the plateau. Got off at Thanamalwela Junction, onto another bus heading towards Colombo cross-country, to the entrance to Uda Walawe National Park. Were aiming to get there midday-ish so we could go into the park up until dusk, but arrived before 11am so just had a snack and decided to go in, leaving plenty of time to reach the coast afterwards. 3500 rs for a jeep plus driver and just under 6000 rs to both enter the park. Compared to ... read more
The back of an elephant.
Very photogenic eagle
Elephants and thunder rumbling in the background.

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