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Sri Lanka

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  • Hallo, ihr alle!

    So, nun ist die erste Woche um und so langsam kann ich sagen, dass ich mich immer mehr eingewöhne und mich so langsam schon Zuhause fühle. Gestern habe ich meinen Wohnort gewechselt und bin jetzt statt in Prabaths Haus bei Sabine im Office-Haus untergebracht. Dort werde ich mich mit Bine bald ein bisschen einrichten, wenn weniger Leute im Haus wohnen.
    Ansonsten fühle ich mich hier jeden Tag wohler. Ich wache morgens auf und höre die Vögel und allerlei andere Tiere singen, fahre dann eine halbe Stunde lang beim Sonnenaufgang an Palmen, dem Strand, Feldern, Dörfern und Menschen vorbei, um dann im wunderschönen Resort Mangrove zu landen. Ich habe mich sofort in diesen Platz verliebt!
    Morgens ist noch alles still und man hört lediglich die Natur, es ist einfach toll!
    Es herrscht ein solcher Frieden hier, also wenn man sich hier nicht entspannen kann, dann frage ich mich wo sonst!
    Hier lebt man in den Tag hinein und immer kommt etwas neues, planen ist denen fast fremd!
    Hier ist alles spontan, was ich aber sehr gut finde, weil ich auf meiner Reise so viel vorgeplant hatte und alles war so voraussehbar, deshalb bin ich gespannt, nun auch einmal das komplette Gegenteil zu erfahren. Hier genießt man.
    Und ich arbeite hier mit so lieben Menschen zusammen, denn die Singhalesen sind alle sehr herzlich und freundlich, wie ich es auch teilweise in Südamerika erlebt habe.

    Mein Alltag sieht im Grunde so aus:
    Momentan vertrete ich Divya, die sich um den Housekeeping-stuff, also um Bettzeug, Handtücher, etc. kümmert, da die gerade im Norden reist. Also suche ich zuerst alles zusammen, was die Jungs heute genau brauchen für die jeweiligen Räume.
    Und sonst ist es im Allgemeinen so, dass meine Hauptaufgabe der Gästebetreuung dient.
    Falls jemand Fragen hat, nicht weiter weiß, einen Ausflug machen will, etwas nicht passt, Probleme hat oder einfach nur etwas Gesellschaft möchte, dann bin ich immer da.
    Und da kommt jeden Tag genug auf. Aber trotzdem macht es viel Spaß, mit den verschiedenen Menschen zu arbeiten und vor allem das Leben in einer anderen Kultur kennenzulernen. Denn auch die Singhalesen haben es nicht einfach, Sri Lanka ist ein sehr armes Land. Und der Konflikt mit den Indern macht es nicht gerade besser.
    Oftmals ist es so, dass die Inder in ihr Land kommen, sich etwas kaufen, wie Beispielsweise ein Hotel oder Restaurant und dann die Singhalesen einstellen und diese unterdrücken.
    Anstatt sich mit Respekt wie ein Gast zu verhalten, dringen sie in das Land ein und versuchen, es zu dominieren, da sie die Singhalesen für dumm empfinden.
    Und so entstehen generationsübergreifend viele Probleme. Aber auch damit versuchen hier alle zu handhaben.
    Ansonsten mache ich immer das, was gerade ansteht, kümmere mich um organisatorische Dinge und mache auch selbst mit bei den Ausflügen, um die Gäste zu begleiten und auch selbst den Ort etwas mehr kennenzulernen.

    Es ist weiterhin unglaublich heiß, aber findet sich mit dem Schwitzen ab. Irgendwie habe ich mich da sehr schnell dran gewöhnt, auch wenn ich nicht der Hitze-Mensch bin.

    Gestern haben wir zum Beispiel eine Bootstour über den "Bentota River" gemacht, ganz kurz ein Krokodil sowie Chamäleons, Eidechsen, Schlangen, verschiedene Vogelarten und Flughunde gesehen. Das hat mich sehr an den Amazonas in Ecuador erinnert.
    Davon gibt es auch einige Fotos, die ihr natürlich zusehen bekommt! :-)

    Xx, Jojo
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  • Meine ersten Eindrücke:

    - Crazy Flughafen, dort werden wie sonst üblich zwar auch Parfum und Süßigkeiten verkauft aber es überwiegen dennoch Elektrogeräte wie Kühlschränke, Bügeleisen, Toaster etc. 😅 falls man sich vor der Abreise nochmal abkühlen und danach aufwärmen will oder noch en kleines kompaktes Last-minute-Souvenir sucht 😉

    - das Gepäck wird einem nocht von Fahrer abgenommen, man muss einfach nur versuchen ihm mit der letzten Energie, die man nach 1,5 Tagen reisen noch aufbringen kann, durch die Menschenmassen zu folgen und sich nicht abhängen zu lassen 🙃🙈

    - die Fahrt vom Flughafen zur Unterkunft war ziemlich indisch geprägt: lautes Gehupe, alle überholen wirr und nutzen alle Spuren, entgegenkommende Roller, Tiere und Menschen. Die Fahrt geht vorbei an Tempeln, Glocken läuten, Weihrauchduft, man hört Gesang und sieht Menschen beten

    - überall will einem jemand was verkaufen und man wird permanent angequatscht mit den Worten: "hello Madame..." 😑

    kommt man dann aber an nem ruhigen Plätzchen zur Ruhe, ist's einfach schön, aber definitiv ne andere Welt
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  • Who knew this sleepy backpacker town would be in the middle of such amazing scenery! But there was one catch; to be able to see the views you had to hike Ella's Rock. We knew it would be difficult but we underestimated how steep the climb would be! In total it took us 6 hours, which was a little longer than expected due to some shortcuts that turned out to be dead ends and light rain that made the terrain slippery. But getting lost was part of the adventure, and part of the locals' creative business venture. They were always willing to give "a" direction, however getting the "right" direction would cost you. And since all the signs and markers put in place by the government were tampered with we embraced the game and wandered through a private tea plantation and 6 foot high grass to catch a group of hikers who seemed to be on the right track.

    Once we got to the top we couldn't stop admiring the views, however we only got to enjoy the clear sky for about 15 minutes before the fog and mist started to roll through. This didn't stop us though from taking some amazing photos as we stood high above literally in the clouds!

    All in all, when we got back down we were very proud of our accomplishment and also very hungry!
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  • Our last stop in Sri Lanka was a quick visit to the capital Colombo. We were surprised how modern and developed the city was compared to the rest of the country. A lot of the British influence is still seen in the architecture of the buildings that remain and the monuments reflect the independence gained from them. We also took a stroll along the beach promenade which wasn't anything special but gave us a look into how the locals pass their time.

    As we prepared to say goodbye to Sri Lanka we made our way back to Negombo to be closer to the airport. We were warned by multiple people and our airlines that we needed to arrive to the airport 5 hours before our flights due to runway construction that was causing major backup. So after a short nap, we took their advice and left for the airport at 2am for our 7am flights. It wasn't that busy when we arrived but luckily we had lounge access to pass our time comfortably and reminisce about our time in this beautiful country.
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  • Today, I made my way east to Yala National Park, the second largest in Sri Lanka. The park is only accessible by jeep safari and filled with water buffaloes, peacocks, crocodiles and wild boars. Our safari was lucky enough to see a leopard (pic 5), too!!

    After a short rain shower in the afternoon, there was a gorgeous double rainbow and an elephant showed up just in time for me to just sit there and watched it for quite a while.Read more

  • After spending some time in India it was time to see something different so we ventured down to the "tear drop of India" also known as Sri Lanka. We arrived in Negombo fairly late in the evening so we didn't get a chance to look around but from what we could tell the town was fairly small but conveniently located to the airport.

    My mom joined us on this trip as well so we were excited for her to get to experience a MitchaRu adventure!Read more

  • A drive through scenic Sri Lanka would not be complete without seeing the lush greenery of the tea plantations. Ceylon tea is famous around the world and was produced in Sri Lanka by the British who thought the hilly landscape would be ideal to grow tea. It was fun taking a tour through an operating tea factory where we learned a lot about the process and that different types of tea (black, green, etc) are all produced from the same tea plant, just different parts.

    We enjoyed the views but the windy roads and misty weather had us hanging on to our seats!
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  • We anticipated a lot of driving in Sri Lanka because we knew it was difficult to get from place to place with the small roads and varied terrain but one thing we didn't expect was rain! Unfortunately our luck wasn't great and the days were full of heavy rain which is unusual for this time of year. However we made the best of it and didn't get too wet while sightseeing!

    Our first stop was to the massive Sigiriya Lion Rock built between the years 477-495 by the ruling King as his capital, fortress and palace. The ancient ruins now are a UNESCO world heritage site and offer amazing views from the steep climb up.

    That night we enjoyed a stay in the jungle and took cover from the elephants and other wildlife there by sleeping in a treehouse! This was a fun experience and relaxing too as we listened to the peaceful sound of the rain and nature. Mitch even took it one step further by enjoying a fish pedicure in the small pond on the property!

    The next day we got back on the road to drive through the scenic tea plantations of Sri Lanka but first made a pit stop at the Dambulla Cave Temples which are the largest set of cave temples found in the country. Prehistoric Sri Lankan remains have been found at this site dating back more than 2,700 years ago long before Buddhist monks came to create the temples as a religious complex with statues and paintings.
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  • Upon arrival we got a tuktuk to the train station ready to get back on that familiar train continuing on to the area Mirissa.
    Mirissa is known for it's gorgeous beach and we were now very ready to slow down and have some sun, sea and sand!

    As standard with Sri Lanka they follow their own timelines, meaning the 9:35 train actually didnt leave til 10:15am, however it was very quiet meaning we had lots of space and got to look out of the window as well as having that amazing breeze. When we arrived it was a short journey to the main road where as usual it runs parallel with the beach and is where the majority of guesthouses and shops are. Our guesthouse was down a side street thankfully which made it a lot quieter at night. First thing we noticed is there are a lot more mosquitos here but thankfully we have a four poster bed with a a good net over it so that helped (not that we don't have some bad bites! I had forgotten the relentless of the itching...).
    That afternoon was a quiet one as I hadn't been feeling that well, seemingly coming down with a bad head cold or something similar, and so we relaxed and settled in with an afternoon siesta. Later on we wandered onto the beach and wow! It was beautiful. White sand, crystal clear water and it sweeps round in a lovely bay shape. We couldn't wait to get in it!

    Over the next 2 days we spent days on sun loungers, going in and out of the warm but refreshing sea every hour and relaxing the daytimes away. The first day, although we thought we were very careful we did both get fairly bad sunburn (Phil especially so with a very red back and shoulders!) So the following day we were much more careful and stayed out of the sun more. There's a lovely sea breeze so that might be why it feels so pleasant, it misleads you into thinking it's not so hot! We'd spend sunsets and the evenings also on the beach, having fresh sea food they catch that day and display for you to choose, then eat it with just candlelight with the waves crashing next to you. Such a relaxing place and reminded us of a more built up version of the island Koh Rong off Cambodia which we adored being on 3 years ago.

    After a final relaxing evening we had an early start ready to go whale watching. At 6:15am a tuktuk arrived ready to take us to the harbour to go with a well respected company Raja And The Whales. Off the coast of Mirissa it is considered one of the best places in the world to see whales, in particular blue whales. Except for Antarctica here is the largest concentration of blue whales so we were very hopeful we'd get to see the largest animal on the planet that day! This tour company is double the price of others in the area however we knew we wanted to go with them after not only great reviews but their knowledge and respect of the whales, which they definitely showed, for example not chasing then down or 'blocking' them in, explaining to us about what is good for them throughout the tour. They were so passionate about the animals and it showed with their approach. They also really know their stuff, taking us to areas where there were no other tourist boats. Within 10 minutes out in deep water they spotted one however we missed it (when a blue whale dives it can be down there for 45 minutes!) So they moved on and boy were we in for a treat. About an hour later we were told they'd spotted a whale and we're waiting to see it again when suddenly right next to me and Phil a Brydes whale came up about 15 metres from us, what an awesome surprise. Then suddenly seemingly without warning we seemed surrounded, everywhere you looked we saw blow holes spouting all round the boat at different distances, you hardly knew where to look! We saw a pair of blue whales come up fairly close but more amazingly, swimming in our direction, closer and closer, til they looked like they were going to crash into the side of the boat. It was kind of scary as you started to really see the size and the blue shimmer of their bodies under the water. They then went round the back of the boat at this point, we were just drifting to not disturb them. As they went round the back of the boat they were probably only 10 metres away if that and then they both flukked their tails and dived down which we'd all been waiting for. This couple kept appearing as we moved on, swimming in perfect unison and treating is to regular dives down. We were then even lucky enough to have another pair join the party and another Brydes whale.
    Completely awe-inspiring is the only way I can describe the feeling. Shortly after this we headed back, also seeing a large manta ray too and we were on a high. We'd just seen not only a solidarity creature in its couples, but one of the rarest to see in the world and so close. Incredibly lucky and a definite highlight of the trip so far. A big thank you goes out to my cousin Kate, Mark and Rufus for gifting us this opportunity for birthdays and Christmas. It was truly special!

    We now won't see the sea until Negombo at the end of our trip in Sri Lanka and it will be missed.

    Beth
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  • After a few days in Sri Lanka, I'm finally posting my first update from this beautiful island.

    I've had a great few days! The first 3 days, I spent in Colombo, partially catching up with work, emails and calling friends and family, and partially with exploring the city with a few locals and travelers alike. Highlights in the capital: a "post-colonial trans-punk" concert and a private house music party at a little house in the jungle. I had a fantastic, relaxing time!

    After a day of surfing in the south, I'm now in Talalla, enjoying a beautiful quiet beach with a great Yoga facility and yummy fresh seafood. In the early mornings, the fishermen bring in the nets by hand, about 10 of them pulling from the beach. In the evenings, you can watch bats and fireflies from the little guest house right by the beach. I'm definitely gathering up a ton of energy for more exploring in the coming days :)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, ሲሪላንካ, سريلانكا, Şri Lanka, Шры-Ланка, Шри Ланка, Sirilanka, শ্রীলঙ্কা, ཤྲཱི་ལངྐ་།, Šri Lanka, Srí Lanka, ཤྲཱྀ་ལངཀ, Sri Lanka nutome, Σρι Λάνκα, Cejlono, سری لانکا, Siri Lanka, Srí Lanca, શ્રીલંકા, סרי לנקה, श्री लंका, Շրի Լանկա, Sri Langka, スリランカ民主社会主義共和国, შრი-ლანკა, ស្រីលង្កា, ಶ್ರೀಲಂಕಾ, 스리랑카, سریلانکا, ສີລັງກາ, Šrilanka, ശ്രീലങ്ക, श्रीलंका, သီရိလင်္ကာ, श्रीलङ्का, ଶ୍ରୀଲଙ୍କା, Lanka-dīpa, Шри-Ланка, Tāmaraparnī, Sirî-Lanka, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, Sirilaanka, இலங்கை, శ్రీలంక, ศรีลังกา, Silangikā, Шрі Ланка, سری لنکا, Xri Lan-ca (Sri Lanka), Orílẹ́ède Siri Lanka, 斯里兰卡, i-Sri Lanka