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Mar 23, 2019 - Galle-Unawatuna

We started our morning as usual with breakfast. We had sent out laundry the previous evening and it came back pressed and looking beautiful. Our driver picked us up and we left the hotel approximately 8:45. We then drove to and elephant orphanage where they were feeding the juvenile elephants . The orphaned elephants are kept until they are five years old and then released in the wild to some of the natural preserves and parks. They were fed and groups of 2 to 5 and it was fun to watch the little ones sprint to the food when it was their...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Back at Sea Level

Well, it was painful to walk for the last couple of days but I think I've finally recovered from my mountain climbing experience. Thank goodness things on the road have been pretty low key. We stopped in a couple of small cities and as we made our way back down to sea level we visited a women's co-operative for lace making as well as a baby elephant orphanage. The elephants were so beyond adorable. They say that they try to limit the amount of human contact they have so that they can integrate into a herd once they're released into the...

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Mar 18, 2011 - Unawatuna

Unawatuna is the place that will make me want to go back to Sri Lanka. I was really sad about leaving most of the team. Almost everyone went home right after the build was done. But a few of us; Cindy, Beth, Kathy, Thomas, John and myself had a few extra days and decided to go south. During the drive down we saw much evidence of the 2004 Tsunami. They have built a memorial where 10,000 people perished, the most in one place in Sri Lanka due to the Tsunami. Very moving. The road down to Unawatuna you see the ocean on one side and small...

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Jan 7, 2011 - Tourstart

Tagwach ist um 5.15 Uhr wir sind heute den ganzen Tag mit dem Auto unterwegs - fahren ca. 300 km. Wir machen halt in einer German Bakery, wo wir fruehstuecken, wir fotografieren Kautschukplantagen, Wasserbueffel und Reisfelder, machen Halt auf einer Ananas-Plantage und bei einer Farm zum Curd futtern. Wegen zwei ineinandergekeilter Lastwagen muessen wir einem Umweg fahren. Um 18 Uhr - also nach 12 Stunden auf Achse - treffen wir im Hotel am Fusse des Sigiriya's ein - und es regnet! Wir hoffen, dass wir den Loewenfelsen morgen besteigen...

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Jan 6, 2011 - 3-Koenigstag ohne Kuchen dafuer vielen Kindern

Da wir heute keinen Koenigskuchen vertilgen koennen, beschliesst Roger am Morgen, dass ER heute der Koenig ist - wir haben nichts dagegen, war er doch bis jetzt eher vom Peck verfolgt. Wir Besuchen den Tempelkindergarten von Unawtuna und geniessen dann ein Bad am wunderbaren Strand von Dalawella. Der Tag waere perfekt, waere da nicht der grauharige Hollaender gekommen, der uns unsere Liegen weggeschnappt hat ..... Nach dem Sonnenbade und einem Mittagessen holen uns zweit Tuk Tuks ab und wir fahren zu einem Tempel und einer schoenen grossen...

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Jan 5, 2011 - Unawatuna

Heute gehen wir in Unawtuna auf Erkundungstour - blockieren also keine 6 Liegen am Strand. Treffen bekannte Gesichter, steigen hoch zur Dagoba und koennen es nicht glauben, dass sich das Meer Strand und Haeuser holt. Es sieht traurig aus in der ehemals so schoenen Bucht. Auf die Pizzas zum zMittag warten wir eine Ewigkeit (ok, Sri Lanka ist auch nicht das typisches Pizza-Land). Puenktlich am Nachmittag setzt Regen ein. Wir spielen Rummy und trinken Tee im Tartaruga, wo wir einquartiert sind. Um an den Esstrog zu gelangen, spazieren wir...

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Jan 3, 2011 - Strandtag und Rice and Curry

Heute geniessen wir den ersten Strandtag inkl. Massage auf der Insel - vom Fruehstueck, bis uns der Regen vertreibt im Laufe des Nachmittags. Das Pech verfolgt Roger weiterhin - eine Kraehe scheisst ihm auf's Bein waehrend er gemuetlich auf einer Holzliege ein Nickerchen nimmt. Zum Nachtessen sind wir von einer bekannten Familie mit drei suessen Kindern (Yusuf 5, Seynap 4 und Yunus 6 Wochen) eingeladen zu einem super leckeren Rice and Curry - natuerlich bringen wir etwas Suesses mit - einen Vanille-Kuchen. Rice and Curry Wer sich darunter...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Umzug und Tischtuecher

Heute ziehen wir um ins "Tartaruga" nach Unawatuna. Wir wohnen bis am 7. Januar in einem Familien- und einem Doppelzimmer. Der Strand in Unawatuna sieht traurig aus, das Meer hat sich fast allen Sand geholt und die Mauern der Terassen fallen in sich zusammen. Vor dem Tartaruga hat es noch Strand, weil ein Guesthouse-Besitzer von nebenan Lastwagenweise Sand hat herankarren lassen. Mir geht es uebrigens fast wieder gut. Wir luemmeln also den ersten Nachmittag herum und schauen zu, wie der Himmel immer dunkler wird - bis es dann Regnet....

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Feb 16, 2010 - Back on the Beach!

Tuesday Feb 16 We are finding that there is a big difference between travelling and holidaying – probably more so now, as we have a few days on the beach at Unawatuna and the pace is slowing down a bit. We have grown to love Sri Lanka –its beauty and its kind and friendly people in particular, but the first part of our time here did not leave much time to catch our breath, with a series of early starts, hours in a minivan and then an attempt to keep up with school work when we arrived at our next destination (I suspect that we will notice...

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Feb 1, 2010 - Unawatuna Beach

@@@@@@@ We had decided to return to Unawatuna for a few days; we had plenty of time left before we were due to fly back to Delhi, and a little more beach time seemed in order. We called the Thambapanni Retreat to book a room, but found all the rooms completely spoken for. No worry, Sana, the owner of the View Point Villas, outside of Ella, also owns a guesthouse in Unawatuna so we decided to give it a try. We knew the standard he provides his guests and felt we would be happy at the Black Beauty Guesthouse. We found that there was only one...

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Dec 26, 2009 - Inside-Out Sari

@@@@@@@ I have been fascinated with the sari ever since I married Anil and wore one for the first time to meet my in-laws the day of my wedding in Patna. It’s a long story, but my sister-in-law, Kusum Kapoor draped the sari on me as we chugged along through the Indian heat, in a 3rd class train compartment. Someone held up another sari to shield me from prying eyes while I was dressed. The peasants on the train could not believe their eyes, that a foreigner was being dressed in a beautiful silk sari with real gold edging while riding on a...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Sri Lankan Christmas

@@@@@@@ When we made our reservation to stay at the Thambapanni Retreat, we were required to commit to participating in the Christmas Eve dinner that was being hosted by the Thaproban Hotel, the sister complex located right on the beach. We weren’t really interested in a huge buffet meal, but I could see that it was hard for the hotel to plan the meal without knowing how many guests they would have. We were invited to head to the Thaproban and select and reserve a table, and were surprised that no one had chosen the table on the corner of...

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