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Feb 8, 2016 - Catch up

So I have been notified that it has been awhile since I posted. When I left Ella, I went further into the hills to a place called Nuwara Eliya. I just stayed for a couple of days on my way back to Colombo. I like it and it is a region that grows the best tea in Sri Lanka so I decided it would be a good place to come back to after the Barbaras arrive. After a couple of very pleasant days there, I left to come back to Colombo to extend my visa and meet with the Barbara. Barb Mandic arrived yesterday and Barbara Golay is on her way. We expect...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Adjusting

I have spent the last couple of days doing very little except reading and adjusting to the time and temperature difference. I've pretty much dealt with the time but not the temp. I moved into an AC room which is great but really just delays getting used to the heat. As always, I enjoy the international experience. Last night I had dinner with a German woman and then sat out on the porch and listened to three young guys, an Israeli, an Italian and a Russian whose common language was English. Their English was good with the only confusion...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Arrived!

I had to get up very early in Dubai to catch my flight to Colombo. I finally arrived shortly after noon but took me quite awhile to get a bus from the airport which is quite far north of the city and a tuk tuk from the city south to the beach area where I am staying. By the time I checked in and got some dinner, I was pretty tired and just went to bed. First impressions - HOT! It definitely reminds me of India, the way the city looks, crazy traffic etc. So far the people are very nice, not intrusive. The people here are very dark skinned...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Happy birthday dhal!

The breakfast at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel revealed the english names to some of the foods we have already consumed. Kola Kenda is the green soup made from fresh herbs. This explains the taste variation, and in this case, underlying bitter taste. But not unpleasant. We love it. It can be sweetened by biting off a piece of jaggery ( unrefined cane sugar clump) then eating the soup. Other new foods - wood apple juice - yet to see some. A cloudy, tropical, thick, sick smelling juice. I preferred the King coconut water. Today we met the...

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Oct 8, 2015 - The scenic route to Colombo.

The thunderstorms rolled in at 5.30 am. Short bursts of rain are part of the tail end of the Yala monsoon season. After another delightful breakfast, with the feel good Kola Kenda, string hoppers and coconut milk rice and vegetable curry, we jumped in our Toyota stationwagon and headed to Colombo - taking the more scenic route via the dutch built canals to Colombo. We will never forget Negombo. It was a wonderful experience and would recommend a visit. Cinnamon Lakeside is a big, palatial hotel, located on Lake Beira. In the afternoon,we...

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May 17, 2015 - Last full day in Sri Lanka 𯘥𯘥

Today we are going to try & cover areas of Colombo that we haven't seen yet. The shops don't open until 10am & likewise with other various places. So depending on what's planned, you can lose a lot of the day. We've done so much walking , despite the heat& humidity, we should be stick figures- but we're definitely not! Maybe because when on holidays, we all tend to eat more & not only 𯍉𯍅𯍊𯍍𯍌𯍓but also 𯍰𯍧𯍨𯍦𯍞𯍳𯍟𯍤 & always plenty of ☕️☕️☕️☕️, On our "discovery walk" this arvo, we were passing a group of tuk tuk drivers & one of...

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May 16, 2015 - Colombo & surrounds

After breakfast today, Michael went hunting for boxes to pack some shopping into as it would be safer than in our cases. Tomorrow we fly home 𿘥, the time has flown by. First on today's agenda is a visit to Ape Gama,a replica of traditional old day Sri Lankan village. It displays traditional industries, village lifestyle,& how self sufficient old day Sri Lankan society functioned in those days. What we didn't count on was that nobody seemed to know where it was. We asked one tuk tuk driver to take us there & he said it would cost $100 &...

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May 15, 2015 - Colombo

We now have 3 full days in Colombo to do our own thing. First on today's agenda was a tuk tuk ride to the markets at Petttah, which cover a vast area. We were told that if arrived before 10:00, you'd avoid the crowds. That all depends upon ones interpretation of "crowds". In some sections it was already busy by 9:15 & yet in others, they were standing around talking- men of course !!𿘄𿘎 Not long after we got there I felt a bit off color- light headed- so we sat down in some shade for a while, & after a resting for a bit, Michael decided...

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May 14, 2015 - Bentota- Colombo

Last day of tour & we're off to Colombo for few more days to explore by ourselves. But first, another swim in the Indian Ocean. It's soooo warm, sizable waves & a bit of a current, but great fun, wish we could stay here a few more days! It rained pretty heavy last night, so it's extra humid this morning. Uneventful drive to Colombo & then it was sad to say goodbye to Tilak, our guide. He was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable & went over & above what his position would've required. We are very grateful to him for making our holiday such a...

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May 6, 2015 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, May. 06 :- went to bed about 5:30 this morning, didn't get to the hotel till about 4:30! Ended up with about 2 hours sleep, so pretty wired today! Had a great breakfast with fantastic views across to the ocean , restaurant's on the 8th floor. Then we did our usual thing & hit the streets running, even in the heat& humidity- het, you're only here once. City tour with private guide this afternoon & saw so many sides to 1 city. From bustling markets & narrow sts to peaceful gardens to the beaches with families enjoying the cooler...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Sri Lanka

Hello, Wow, where to start........ I know we've been gone 3 weeks but things have just started to get pretty awesome. Let's go back to Sri Lanka. We were part of a Tuk Tuk tour that took us around the city, mainly through the poverty sections but that tends to be where Craig and I end up when we go to Asia. Colombo was a lot like KL and Singapore combined. The people were fantastic and were so nice to us. They'd ask where we were from and as soon as we said Australia they would bring up the World Cup. One guy said "ahhhhh Australia, like...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

We opted to stay on the cruise. We did touch Sri Lankan soil and visited the bazaar on the wharf. By jingo, the smell & dry heat was soaring to the eyes. Explored the ship, had the pool to ourselves & approx 30 waiters to serve breakfast & lunch. Well rested, not drinking outside our limits and still enjoying ourselves.

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