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May 3, 2018 - Another safari

We left Nuwara Eliya yesterday morning and drove through beautiful mountain country down to sea level to our resort at Yala National Park on the South East coast for two nights. As soon as we reached Yala we went straight into the wildlife park for another safari. This park has a protected area of 130,000 hectares. Again we saw lots of wildlife in its natural habitat, including leopards, elephants and many birds. Today has been more relaxing. After being picked up at 5.0am. We set off for nearby Udawalawe National Park for a jeep safari...

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Jan 12, 2014 - Yala

Up very early to meet at 5.40 for an early cup of tea or coffee and then departure at 6. We boarded our safari vehicle, much better than yesterday's, and headed to Yala National Park. It's the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and is the best location to sight leopards. When we got to the park entrance, we discovered there was a huge queue of vehicles waiting to get in. We didn't have to wait too long, however, and we were soon in the park. It didn't take us long to realize our driver was not the best in the park. In fact, his tip...

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Feb 24, 2008 - safari so good!

so i went on safari to yala. i hired a driver and stayed in a 4 star hotel with my favorite two luxuries - a torrential shower in the bathroom and a TV showing people speaking english all be it with an american accent. so i left evry early on saturday morning and drove the 4 hours across the south coast from galle. first stop was welligama to see fisherman who stand on stilts in the water, then down the coast to mirissa, a very sleepy beach town with lots of guesthouses that i think i might spend my last weekend in. i had breakfast there (2...

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Mar 15, 2006 - Day Seventeen

I'm not quite sure where to begin so I'll just say about the weekend. At the weekend about 24 volunteers went to Kirinda. We were told this was 4 hours drive. What a lie it was more like seven, and there was 14 people in a non a/c 12 seater bus! When we finally arrived in Kirinda our driver -who didn't have very good English- stopped the bus and pointed to the top of a cliff. We got out and looked dubiously into the sky.. surely this wasn't the lodgehouse? We climbed the rough hewn steps in the rock to the very top. We were right, we were...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Yala National Park

Hello! Today has been such a Monday. (I think that Mondays are Mondays everywhere, apparently, even in Sri Lanka). I smashed my finger this afternoon with a hammer while trying to put together a siding for a temporary house. It was fun work, extremely hot, though. This project puts together about one temporary house per day. They're pretty simple, but sturdy, built out of wood and corrugated metal. I also met a nice girl from Grenada, Spain, but the entire conversation I thought she meant Grenada the island, in the Carribbean. So when she...

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Aug 26, 2004 - Serendib -- the Island of Gems

On his last and most auspicious journey, Sinbad was commissioned to the island of Serendib (as the Arabs called it--later becoming Ceylon and then, Sri Lanka). It was said that a bounty of ivory exsisted here, and lay awaiting the adventurous soul brave enough to weather the hunt. Sinbad landed on the eastern shores, happened upon an old, wise elephant who carried him into the jungle to a sacred elephant cemetary. It was here that the treasure rested in the ground, and Sinbad claimed it, loaded it onto his ship, and sailed back to Bagdhad...

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