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Jan 10, 2008 - Abschied / Ayubowan Sri Lanka

Was, schon Zeit zum Aufstehen? Kann nicht sein, es ist doch erst 3.45 Uhr. Wir sind kaum aus dem Schlaf erwacht, stehen wir zwei Huebschen am Treffpunkt beim Reisebuero, wo wir aufs Taxi warten sollen. Fuer Indien untzypisch ist der Chauffeur puenktlich....wollen die uns sobald als moeglich loswerden? Die Fahrt zum Flughafen verlaueft sehr ruhig, abgesehen vom niessenden Oesterreicher, der ebenfalls im Auto sitzt. Da der Flughafen von Trivandrum klein ist, sind das einchecken und die weiteren Formalitaeten bald erledigt. Anita's Abflug ist...

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Sep 3, 2007 - Sri Lanka-Elephants but no Sheep

Sri Lanka is shaped like a tear drop falling from the tip of India. The less impressionable Dutch likened it to a leg of ham. Have a look for yourself. It's about the same size as Ireland or Tasmania but with the population of Australia. It has however, little in common with these places. Know where it reminds me of? At the risk of simultaneously offending several nations, I have to say New Zealand! I've written before that India is an assault on the senses. Not so in Sri Lanka. On the bus the other day, booming music and the next...

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Mar 25, 2007 - Cochin India

25th March The ship had docked in Cochin overnight to allow us to depart on our houseboat cruise down the river Vembanattu Kayal. Our guides name was Joyce [after James Joyce -male] and the journey to the river took about one and half hours in a small seven seater van full of what appeared to be quite active mosquitoes. The houseboats were originally used for transporting rice down river, but had been converted into houseboats complete with two air conditioned bedrooms and 25hp outboard engines. The roof was made of bamboo and the 60ft...

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Feb 19, 2007 - An unexpected trip to the beach

Greetings from Sri Lanka, I'm currently sat in the airport waitting for my connecting flight to Singapore. For some reason the cheapest way for us to travel is on different flights. SO I left Lucy in India and headed to the airport at 6am. The first leg of my trip to Singapore was a short 2hr flight to Sri Lanka. I was sat next to an Indian man who I'm pretty sure had never been on a plane before. There was a certain amount of confusion as he found his seat next to me and stowed his luggage. He was sensible enough to read the instructions...

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Jan 9, 2007 - We've Been to Sri Lanka! (Matt)

I'll admit that I didn't expect much from Sri Lankan Airlines. I'm not really sure why, but I guess I had a visision of the airline version of a Lao bus. How very very wrong I was! First, there was substantially more legroom than on a normal economy flight, but it only begins there. Then we noticed the display sceen in front of each passenger: we all had our personal entertainment system with video games, puzzles (crosswords and such), a choice of at least 10 movies (3 or so in English), and a myriad of television shows. Then the beautiful...

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Oct 1, 2006 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

We arrived in Sri Lanka on 1st October to begin our month's voluntary work with the Brothers of Charity. We flew to Colombo where Brother Gregory met us at the airport and drove us to the Brothers house at Nisansala, Ja Ela. Bro Gregory is the 'Tsunami Coordinator' for Sri Lanka and also oversees the running of the Nisansala and Negombo centres which provide residential care and training for 113 persons with learning disabilities ...so he's always on the go! There are six Brothers of Charity communities in Sri Lanka based in Colombo,...

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Aug 15, 2006 - Sri Lanka

Oh dear. First we were planning to go to Sri Lanka, then we changed our tickets to skip it and continue to Malaysia due to Indian TV predicting a full-scale outbreak of civil war, then i got very very ill on the plane journey and so we had to get off there anyway! As it happened, Sri Lanka was a great place to convalesce. Everyone was really helpfull and friendly (which was just as well, as we arrived in the middle of the night with nothing booked and Claire was panicking trying to sort everything out and keep me standing up at the same...

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Jul 10, 2006 - In Sri Lanka with the Betts family

From Chennai I flew to Colombo and spent 10 days in Sri Lanka staying with my friends Richard and Sarah Betts and their two daughters, Katy (aged "nearly 5" as she kept telling me) and Jessica (aged 18 months). Despite watching England getting knocked out of the World Cup I had an excellent time, enjoying family life. I spent most of my time in the capital being looked after very well and had a great time keeping Katy and Jessica amused - although often it was the other way round. I also spent a few days up-country with Richard (who took a...

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May 7, 2006 - Sri Lanka

Goodby cows, pigs, dogs, trash..hello tropical island. beautiful beaches, clean streets, well maintained roads, no cows, no trash, warm and friendly people, the best ice cream on earth.(better than Baskin Robbins Ha) This is Sri Lanka, second stop on my Asia Pass trip..a nd so beautiful it is. Here they speak singalese not Hindi even though orginally many came from India. Here their skin is a little darker but still they have that Indian look. just softer tones and more european features. Their smile is infectious.The teeth are perfect and...

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Apr 19, 2006 - No more football for Ashley...

Hey everyone! Ash here, finally contributing to this site properly. Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm going to begin by stating my annoyance at not having ESPN as a TV channel any more. Arsenal are playing Villarreal tonight in the first leg of the Champion's League semi-final. Now, if I were still at the Mt. Lavinia hotel, I'd have gently asked Fiona to sleep in Laura's room for the night (As she so kindly did for the Juventus game - Thank you!) and stayed up watching it live on ESPN. However, Charley's sporting interest doesn't extend far...

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Apr 16, 2006 - The Mount Lavinia Experience

Hello! We're back from our holiday. Yes that's right you get holidays from all the hard work of gap yearing. We spent two weeks in the Mount Lavinia Hotel with my Mum and Dad and sister Laura. It was great to see them again I can't believe it has only been four weeks (six now) since we left. It feels like a year. It took Ash and I almost as long to get to Mount Lavinia as it did the other Whyties. Although it's a similar distance as from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes we had to take three buses and a tuk-tuk. This resulted in exhaustion...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Posting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sunday, March 26, 2006 Colombo, Sri Lanka We arrived in Sri Lanka in the pouring rain (so what else is new!). I had a short overview tour scheduled for the afternoon and my plan had been to find an internet café in the morning and update my postings. Dr. Crimes had told us in the destination lecture that there would be NO shuttle buses to town in Colombo, Cochin, or Mumbai, because the local taxi unions would not allow them. (Eve, the physiotherapist, told me that they tried to get around this 4 years ago by calling the buses "transfers"...

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