Lucy Lilley


Lucy Lilley

After many years of dreaming, planning and saving I am now ready to begin my adventure traverling across Sri Lanka and India. This is my first journey of this scale but I am no stranger to being on the move. Its in my blood. During this expedition I will be accompanied by my youngest brother William and later in April my partner Alex.
I only wish this is just the beginning and hopefully will inspire me as a woman traveller and artist. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me get here. I carry you in my heart. Feel free to keep in touch with me and inform me of your own adventures be it small or large, every journey matters xx

Asia May 12th 2011

Being British in Little Britain & the Kandy Kids What better place to watch the Royal Wedding, a Sri Lankan’s favorite; Nuwara Eliya, nicknamed Little Britain, the once playground for the upper classes, a rich green land with every inch cultivated, decorated with quaint timber cottages, rose gardens, an impressive golf course, and 5 star hotels. This is the place to not just fantasize that you’re from high society, but live it out without breaking the bank. So Alex and I indulged for 5 days, first staying at the Hotel Glendower, a mid range colonial alternative, then downsizing to the bohemian dwelling the King Fern, complete with Bob Marley Memorabilia. We strolled through flower gardens hand in hand, nibbled on cakes from our High Tea spread served in the Grand Hotel, played snooker with our new ... read more

Asia April 26th 2011

Lucy’s story: It was March 25th, the morning of Alex’s arrival and the clock had not even struck 3:30pm. I woke up bleary eyed, wrapped my sari around me, arranged my hair, and strung purple beads around my neck. After taking tea with my driver we headed to the airport, a short trip from my guesthouse, the Pearl in Negambo. I waited patiently in the arrival lounge with butterflies in my stomach, stood with many curious eyes gazing at me; I remained poised in my traditional Kandian dress until he emerged from the steady trickle of new arrivals. Looking remarkably fresh he cautiously hugged me so not to offend anyone and we scuttled back to the Pearl. Since March we have travelled extensively from South to east coast, briefly stopping in the hill country. Our trip ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Weligama April 14th 2011

This blog is dedicated to the memory of little Jimi, a stray puppy who sadly died in a tragic road accident outside my guesthouse in Midigama. Little Jimi was buried by myself and the guests Dave and Sab in the grounds of Rams guesthouse (The guesthouse and owner are written about in the lonely planet), 12th April, 2011. Two months has sped by, firstly traveling with my youngest brother Billy, with a teary farewell on the eve of his departure back to Birmingham, uk. Recently engaged he is now in domestic heaven in his new flat shared with with his fiance Alexis Soul Grey and her two cats. We both new this was a unique and special trip with many shared moments and I feel privaliged to have this time with him. Highlights from our trip ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna March 1st 2011

Does deet actually work I wonder? Its a real lottery regarding whether you get infected or not, I just pray I don't get anything x So itchy though, but for all my sunburn, bites in uncomfortable places(like my nipple can you believe !),and dealing with the odd stare from locals, (they really can't help it.) I must seem so odd and exotic! This really is a wonderful place, full of natural beauty and amazingly kind and generous people, who love to tease you, and most of all kick back and watch the cricket with you. Life is slow in the south; its hot and if you wanted, you could just melt away. But I was never the kind to just sit still. Leaving the comfort of Ems flat, Will, Ems and I headed to Siggis Mono ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 21st 2011

Can't believe I'm hear on the 27th floor, staying in a spectacular apartment with a wonderful host the Miss Emma. This stylish sanctury overlooks the famous Galle face green and what better soundtrack could you ask for, the chorus of prayer. You can see most of Colombo from here. I'm 5 hours ahead of you, so while your waking up I'm having lunch and when I'm sleeping you are stuffing your face with your lovely homecooked dinner. Talking of dinner I'm cooking tonight, heading to the market to buy local veggies and yummy and unusual fruits, ( I wonder what the sinhalease aquilevent of TWO FOR A POUND DARLING) will let you know.... The flights were in total a speedy 12 hours On arriving at the airport, Billy(as named in the family, William to you ;0)) ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Broseley February 16th 2011

I felt it fitting to begin my travel blog at home, 3 days before I fly out to Sri Lanka so you get the full picture of my journey. This blog is quite incidental, I imagined to keep a paper journal ( I have at least 5 gifted this christmas) and give you the odd update from my facebook..but as my technophobic boyfirends mother suprising pointed out whilst I helped her navigate this sight in search of new longlost nephew, why don't you blog ? mmm good idea actually as I have always fancied myself as a travel writer, after recently becoming unemployed and furiously spending my time entering travel competitions. So thanks Sue, its your fault !!! ha ha ha that I should inflict this apon the poor world x There were tears before teatime ... read more

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