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Feb 16, 2016 - Moseying through the mangroves

Today we went on a tour of the Pontuvil Lagoon; a brackish water area filled with mangroves. The journey was quite peaceful, as we were poled along through the foliage on a small raft on potoons. Many birds were in evidence, most churlishly winging off just at the moment that I got close to getting them into focus with my camera. Lots and lots of blurry wing pictures... Since this area is heavily Muslim, most of the restaurants do not sell beer or other alcohol, at least technically. Usually there is beer to be had, but some amount of...

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Feb 14, 2016 - Surfing? Us?

We traveled yesterday from Udawala after staying at the Superson Family guest House. Mali and her husband tended to our needs there. She made a fabulous Sri Lankan dinner for us when we returned from our park tour. A lot of rice, tomatoes, dhal (Peg's favorite...) green beans and chicken curry. All very flavorful and a bit spicy. Barbara described the trip in the park, but I will say that it was so moving to see these giant animals in their family groups. I won't presume to say that they were in the wild, but as much as can be expected with...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 18 - Candlelight beach dinner

Our last day in Arugam Bay was spent on the beach. Taking in the sun, sand and surf. Just before dusk we headed out to jog along the beach towards a famous surf point. Going a little farther past we hoped to see the wild elephants that sometimes show up to bath in the ocean waters. Sadly they were not to be found. Arriving back to our room, we showered and freshened up for our planned candlelight dinner on the beach. Two local men had just started up their hawker stall business over a week ago and needed some patrons to help advertise. We...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 17 - Kumana Wetlands & Kudumbigala Sanctuary

Second day of our motorcycle adventure, we drove into the Kumana wetlands. We spent a fair amount of time getting there and driving around but as luck would not have it - we saw no elephants or other wild life within the park. We also tried the sanctuary nearby but failed to see anything. A little deflated and with daylight ending soon we thought maybe we should go back to Lahugala Kithulana National Park and see if the large herd of elephants we saw yesterday were still there. Al though we could not find the same herd, we managed to find...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 16 - Wild herd of Elephants

Woke up early to pack up our bags and head on over to our new digs. When we arrived however, one of the workers took our rented motorcycle home last night and hadn’t returned back to the hotel yet so we decided to go for something to eat across the way at the “Beach Hut”, while we waited for his return. Once off on our journey, we passed through the small town of Pottuvil, heading out towards Tsunami Beach. A sand road lead us through sand dunes to a lovely secluded beach, a beautiful oasis in the middle of no where really. Surfers from all...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 15 - Arugam Bay Beach Day

Woke up to a beautiful day. We were served breakfast for two by the hotel owner himself. Another awesome traditional Sri Lankan Indian meal. Delicious it was. We manage to spend the entire day at the beach, relaxing, sun bathing, walking along the shore and finding some nice shells. Soaking up the sun, catching our vitamin D for the day felt great. By the time 4pm rolls around the wind picks up and sand starts to blow, time to go back to the room, shower and freshen up. We walked into town, went to our favorite little grocery store and...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 14 - Bus travel to Arugam Bay

Today we traveled by buses from Ella to Arugam Bay. First bus we took was just like any other here in Sri Lanka. Men coming aboard, selling their fresh fruit and nuts. Selling lottery tickets, which seem to be a big hit for the locals. The day was very hot, even having the windows open didn't help to cool the situation down much but hey who's complaining....there could always be a way worse way to travel other than by bus. Besides, we smelled good, it was the locals who apparently forgot to wear deodorant. It took us about three hours to...

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Jan 23, 2010 - Arugam Bay

@@@@@@@ After Komari, the highway moved inland and we were treated to a beautiful landscape of lush, green paddy fields. The afternoon light was particularly beautiful, but it doesn’t seem possible to capture the beauty of this flat landscape with the small camera I travel with. I decided then and there to etch the scenery into my mental memory bank so that I could recall it without ever having to turn on a computer. Just as we approached the small town of Pottuvil, at the entrance to Arugam Bay, we noticed some colourful dome-shaped...

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Mar 9, 2005 - Waiting for the post-tsunami surfers

In Arugam Bay, I met one person after another whose eyes told of their pain long before their stories were spoken. One elderly lifelong resident had recovered from wounds to discover that absolutely everyone in his family (mother, wife, children, and grandchildren), his house and collected belongings of 25 years, his livelihood, and even his clean drinking water were gone. Another, one of the first to open a hotel here some 20 years ago, mourns the death of her husband and the destruction of the community that she had watched over the years...

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