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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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Norma's World Cruise

Mar 19, 2006 - skiving from work!

On Friday school allowed us to take the day off - we only actually needed to leave about an hour early but they said to take the day. This was beacuse we went to see the cricket! Worthy of a day off school. I've never watched cricket before and there is loads of rules and words to remember. I simplified it down to my level by asking loads of questions. I understand cricket as team 1: hit it and run, team 2: try and catch it. Even at this very basic level I enjoyed it. It was Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1 day match and cost R750 or 4.50GBP (oh my...

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Mar 10, 2006 - Hello Everyone

hello! Finally got some sort of communication set up, so I hope this works alright. Well Done Mum on getting your job! :-D I guess the point of this is just to rave on about me and Ashley as I have little idea what you lot are up to. So... its too difficult to write it all in order and stuff so here is just some cool stuff that has happened since we've been here. I know no Sinhala apart from "Hari Hari" which means "ok" because this is what the bus conductor shouts all the time. As you may expect this can cause some problems like buying...

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Feb 23, 2006 - Sri Lanka - Colombo

Back to Colombo Spent the morning sat drinking tea (I think I'm developing an addiction) in Unawatuna - a beach resort just back along the coast towards Mirissa. I figured it would be more pleasant than a morning in Galle - there not being many obvious cafes suitable for passing the time. In the afternoon I took a train back to Colombo. It was a fairly picturesque journey along the coast. Although, at stages along the way I could see many tsunami-destroyed buildings along with make-shift wooden shanty towns that were obviously built as a...

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Feb 11, 2006 - Sri Lanka - Colombo

Sleepless in Colombo I arrived at the airport at 2.30 in the morning. Not a great time. The arrivals lounge appeared to be fully of shops selling white goods for some reason. So it would seem that if you want a duty-free fridge then Sri Lanka is the place to come. I was delayed by a large group of Chinese people with shopping trolleys full of boxes the contents of which I couldn't determine. The customs officer was equally intrigued but eventually let them through. There was no car from hotel at the airport as I'd hoped so I found an...

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Jan 20, 2006 - Colombo: The Voluntary Assignment

I NOW HAVE DETAILS OF MY ASSIGNMENT IN COLOMBO: AND IT IS NOT EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED! Project Summary National Youth Service Centre (NYSC) is a government-funded institution which promotes youth participation in many activities at village level. These include creating awareness amongst villagers about dengue prevention; reconstructing bathing wells; tree planting; archaeological excavation projects; sports camps; youth camps; leadership training; assisting disabled youth in their day-to-day activities and an exchange programme to Canada...

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Nov 23, 2005 - Sri Lanka

Coming out of India, our plane was an hour late (that's weird) so we almost missed our flight to Sri Lanka, but that was delayed an hour, so we made it. After an hour we landed in Sri Lanka. This time we had another driver, this time his name was Wijekaan. We also had a packaged tour so we didn't really have to worry about getting around on our own and we could sit back and enjoy the sights. We also had some great hotels and some great food. The first day was spent relaxing on the beach. Then we headed up north to some of the ancient...

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