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Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 7th 2015

I går fant vi ut at vi måtte være litt kulturelle og finne på noe annet enn å ligge på solsenga. Vi dro derfor inn til Galle by og gikk ut til Galle fort. Dette er et fort som hollenderne bygde på 1600 tallet. Det er nærmest som en by omringet av festningsmurer. Utrolig flott arkitektur i kolonistil. Alt det gamle er befart, men samtidig masse små butikker og kafeer. Veldig koselig. Når vi gikk derfra kommer det opp en mann til oss og brøler: Hallooo, remember me from yesterday? Me making food for you. Did you like the food? Aldrig sett mannen før vi. Men han hadde sikkert noe veldig fint å selge oss vil jeg tro.... Etterpå tok vi en tuk-tuk tilbake til heimen, for så å gå på en VELDIG bra strandresturant med ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 4th 2015

Winter isn't Shanghai's finest season. The air quality deteriorates, the days are short and cold, and everything seems gray and colorless. From a western perspective at least, January is always a bit of a let down. Once the festive Christmas holidays pass and the excitement of the New Year subsides, the leftovers feel pretty drab (though in China everyone is still looking forward to Spring Festival and time with family). Luckily enough, we managed an extended escape…our first time to the glorious cacophony of color that is South Asia. It was also nice to get away from the big city. The first thing I noticed about Sri Lanka as we approached was how dark it was. Even as we descended towards Colombo there were very few lights until we were practically on top of the capital. ... read more
Flower offerings at the sacred tree
downtown Kandy
Cool wooden statue

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 2nd 2015

Dag 1,2 og 3: Noen synes sikkert det er passelig "blærete" å fly med busines class når mann skal på ferie, men har man først tatt skrittet å gjort dette en gang så begynner mann allerede å spare for å også kunne gjøre det til neste ferie. Det er rett og slett som fra helvete til himmelen i forhold til økonomiklassen . Så får jo andre si hva de vil og mener om det. Vi tok i allefall av fra Gardermoen med emirates på business class og dertil topp service. Vi mellomlandet i Dubai og fikk et kort hotellopphold der, ca 4 timer på øyet, før det bar videre til Colombo på sri lanka. Første natt skulle vi tilbringe på et hotell rett ved flyplassen. Dette hadde Marit bestilt, bare så det er sagt. Men hun ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna January 29th 2015

So enjoyed a couple of days in Marissa, probably the most tourist orientated place so far. Massive bay, sandy beach stretching all the way, with bars and restaurants lining the sand. Distinctive south east Asia beach feel about it. Absolutely massive waves crashing onto the beach at all times of the day! Not to be trifled with. Tried diving through one only to be spun around washing machine style. Soon figured out the technique but pretty sketchy either way! Wandered around the other bays and went to an amazing look out next to a temple. Bit lazy with the picture taking at the mo though. Next time! Decided to get a move on though and get a very quick bus to Weligama, couple of k's down the road. Managed to jump off at the dive centre, ... read more
Lizard hiding on a tree
Marissa Sunset
Peacocks at dawn

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province January 27th 2015

So ended up staying in Aragum bay for 4 nights. Stayed in the happy panda guesthouse. Amazing little place just back from the beach, little courtyard with hammocks and cushions! As its off season east coast now, hardly anyone about at all. Only me at my place, basically had a house for 12 pound a night! Still little shops open though and most of the guesthouses and a few extra restaurants. Had a couple of casual cooking lessons from the lady over the road, more than happy to let me have a look. Pretty much only cooking for me anyway! Walked both directions along the beach.... Morning activity ...tick.... Lounged in my hammock and finally got my book finished. Took a surf lesson for a couple of hours, nice easy waves before I go down south. ... read more
Veggie rotti
Quiet morning stroll East
Sri lankan sweets

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo January 23rd 2015

Returning to Colombo at the end of our holiday gave us a chance to catch up with friends who were themselves away on holiday when we arrived! The luxurious air conditioned coach from Galle had sped along an empty highway before dropping us off at the southern end of the city where a tuk tuk completed the journey to the Cricket Club bar where we had arranged to meet everyone. It was great to see Kaithe, Ted, Jenna and Lucy again after such a long time. After a great meal we went back to Lucy's flat which was to be our base for the rest of the trip. We were there to relax more than to explore, but with a short trip out to the southern suburb of Mount Lavinia, we were able to do both. ... read more
Galle Face Green
Weaving on a loom

Asia » Sri Lanka » North Central Province » Polonnaruwa January 19th 2015

So after a relaxing night and a little shopping in Kandy, went down to the local busy station to get a bus to Anuradhapura. Buses leaving all the time and soon found the one I wanted. Ushered on and sat towards the isle with my backpack in the isle. Around midday and not too busy. But winding our way through the hills soon the bus was packed. The conductor soon got tired of squeezing his way past my backpack so took it to the front somewhere... So many people, couldn't even see it.... Slight deja vous. Hoping I will see it again at the other end. Locals assuring me its fine.... So down into the watery plains of the north.... Whizzing along! Spotted my bag at some point and thankfully was there when we arrived :) ... read more
Temple infront of the Dagoba
Stone carvings
Elephant pool

Asia » Sri Lanka January 18th 2015

We travelled on another manic local bus from just outside our hotel in Mirissa to the small settlement of Mihiripenna, a few miles outside the tourist town of Unawatuna. We had booked to stay two nights in a new villa which looked nice online. Once we got there we were stunned. It turned out that we were to be the first paying guests at the url=;label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-lk-pittaniyaNvilla-unspec-es-com-L%3Aen-O%3Aunk-B%3Aunk-N%3AXX-S%3Abo;sid=93e3540c26c43e43079ac95eb8c01b3d;dcid=4;dist=0;type=total&Pittaniya Villa. Eric and Lisa, both from Ireland, had designed the place themselves and over the last year had overseen the construction of a little piece of heaven. It was wonderful with plenty of wow factor at every turn. The bedroom was light, airy and spacious, and showering under the stars with only the birds... read more
Indian Ocean beach
Beach bums!
Fishermen's stilts

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Weligama January 16th 2015

Mirissa was a fast and frantic three hour bus journey. Actually the bus only went to Matara and from there we got a tuk tuk to our hotel, the url=;label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-lk-edelweissNresort-unspec-es-com-L%3Aen-O%3Aunk-B%3Aunk-N%3AXX-S%3Abo;sid=93e3540c26c43e43079ac95eb8c01b3d;dcid=4;dist=0;type=total&Edelweiss Resort. We got off to a stuttering start but we think it's because the guy on the hotel desk didn't speak English too well. It turned out he couldn't find our reservation because he was looking under February! He asked if we wanted to upgrade to a seafront room but when we said no to paying an extra $10 a night he upgraded us anyway. It turned out to be a great hotel and we were reluctant to leave in the end. It was just so relaxing chilling out by the pool whilst watching and hearing the ocean's huge ... read more
A blue whale?
A blue whale?
Whale watchers

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Nuwara Eliya January 15th 2015

Today we have a 3 hour drive to our penultimate hotel. This part of Sri Lanka produces one of their largest exports, tea. On the drive we pass through tea plantations and see tea pluckers at work. These are local workers that spend their day collecting tea leaves and bringing their load of 20kg leaves to the factory for processing. We stop on route at a tea processing factory for a guide tour. Time has certainly stood still in this part of the country as the factory and its machinery are part of the British colonial era. The tea process has several stages starting with drying the leaves, then crushing, then separating leaves from stalks, then grinding the leaves as the finer the grind the stronger the tea flavour, then packing and shipping. Keith had a ... read more
View from the road
Wood burner in hotel
Greenery of the land

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