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Sri Lanka

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  • Day96

    Soo, nun kommt der dritte und damit letzte Teil unseres gemeinsamen Urlaubs!

    Nachdem wir aus dem Nationalpark gekommen sind, fuhren wir anschließend mit einem Tuk Tuk nach Ella. Statt 2 Stunden wurden es dann 3 Stunden, die wir in der Hitze vom Wind durchgepustet wurden und uns die sich verändernde Landschaft anschauten. Als wir nach vielen Serpentinen endlich oben in dem kleinen Dorf angekommen sind, haben wir zunächst die kleine Touristadt erkundet. Auch für mich war das wieder etwas ganz anderes, da alles dort auf den Tourismus ausgelegt ist. Viele schön gestaltete Cafés und Restaurants mit internationalen Getränken und Gerichten. Am Abend haben wir es uns dann gut gehen lassen und sind ziemlich müde ins Bett gegangen. Der folgende Tag hat dann mit einem Ausflug zum Little Adam's Peak gestartet. Wir hatten eine wunderschöne Aussicht, nur leider sind wir in der Mittagshitze dort angekommen, sodass wir dementsprechend kaputt und schwitzig waren - that's life.
    Anschließend ging es für uns zur Nine Arch Bridge, einer berühmten Brücke in Ella aus neun Säulen, die gleichzeitig als Zugstrecke benutzt wird. Dort haben wir uns ein wenig aufgehalten und sind zu unserem letzten Punkt, der Tea Factory gefahren. Das war super interessant, da wir erklärt und zu sehen bekamen, wie aus den frischen Teeblättern dann die einzelnen Abstufungen des schwarzen Tees entstehen. Sri Lanka ist berühmt für seinen Tee, von daher durften wir uns das nicht entgehen lassen!
    Am Abend wurde wieder lecker gegessen und wir haben den Abend nett mit Erfrischungsgetränken ausklingen lassen.

    Der nächste Tag war dann leider weniger angenehm. Vor uns lag die lange Zugfahrt zurück nach Colombo. Es waren 11 Stunden in einem stickigen und überfüllten Zug, in dem wir glücklicherweise Sitzplätze hatten. Leider hat das die Beengtheit nicht besser gemacht - auf meinem Sitz saßen zum Beispiel statt 2, wie vorgesehen, 3 + Kind dazu. Umso glücklicher waren wir, als wir angekommen sind und nach nochmals 1 1/2 h Tuk Tuk Fahrt endlich im Hostel angekommen sind. Wir haben dann noch die letzten Dinge eingekauft und hatten unser letztes Abendessen zusammen. Wir waren ziemlich müde und sind dann auch früh ins Bett gegangen, weil wir am nächsten Tag wieder früh aufstehen mussten.
    Am Flughafen ging dann meiner Meinung nach alles viel zu schnell und nach einer kurzen Umarmung wurde Ammi durch die Security Kontrolle geschickt.
    Ich war ziemlich traurig, sie wieder gehen zu lassen...
    Aber wir hatten wirklich eine tolle Zeit mit vielen tollen Gesprächen und für mich war es wirklich etwas Besonderes, dass meine kleine Schwester sich den ganzen Weg hierher gemacht hat, nur um mich für eine Woche zu sehen.
    Ich freue mich nun umso mehr, dich bald wieder dauerhaft um mich zu haben.
    Danke dafür, Ammi, das war das schönste Geschenk! <3

    XJ
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  • Day205

    German version and more photos: www.cyclinfornepal.com

    Before I report about my experiences in Sri Lanka, I would like to tell you, why I continued my cycling trip in Sri Lanka. Anyone who has followed the project from the start, knows that I have started with the goal of cycling the complete 12000 km from Munich to Nepal.

    After I decided in Turkey to fly back to Munich, this plan had disappeared.
    (In the blog entry: Turkey - Among the same, I reported on the reason for my return to Munich)

    During my time in Munich, I had to think about how I would go on with the trip, but also make a decision on what my future career depends on.
    For the last two years, I studied a second school subject, to become a full teacher. Before I left, I had final examinations. Unfortuneately I had not passed one exam.
    I was really down, because it was my goal to leave Munich without any time pressure and obligations. For a long time I displaced the decision, if I make a second attempt. In December, however, I had to make a decision: Either to repeat the exam in June 2017 or to study two years for free and to travel without time pressure. It won the reason, so I will be back in Munich in April 2017. This meant that I have a time window of 3.5 months to arrive in Kagate / Nepal.
    I opted for a completely new route. Visit my friend Adi in Dubai and spend one month each in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. I still wanted to continue to travel by bike, but also experience other things.

    The journey is thus no longer a continuous cycling trip from Munich to Nepal. Its more experiencing countries by bike with the final destination: Kagate in Nepal. The 12000 km mark I will no longer crack. How much distance I ultimately traveled, I will tell in my last blog entry.

    In Sri Lanka, also called as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, I landed with the plane 6 o'clock in the morning. In the beginning I had booked a hostel near the airport. Actually I wanted to spend another night there, but I could hardly wait to go to Hikkaduwa, which is 130 km away. It was my first destination right on the coast. I put the bike together and took only the most necessary. Camping is in Sri Lanka is good as impossible and cooking utensils I did not need to drag along, since the food in restaurants is extremely cheap (2 € to 3 € for a dish). So I could leave a lot of my equipment behind.

    My path led south along the coast. Right at the beginning I made the acquaintance with the Sri Lankan traffic. Especially the truck drivers and bus drivers driving without regard for losses, so I made several times a stop in the road trench.
    Having arrived in Hikkaduwa, I was looking for a hostel and immediately met other travelers. The first days I spent surfing and snorkeling. One of the main attractions on the beach are three large turtles swimming at the seaside during the day.

    Among the hostelmates was Alex from Germany. The chemistry was right. He also wanted to go further south. Next we met in the village of Merissa. Alex took a bus, I continued cycling.
    Merissa has a beautiful beach known for its beach shacks. A surfspot is also just around the corner and there were just ideal conditions. We liked it so much that we stayed 5 days. I was on the water every day and was regularly infected with surfing.

    On my arrival I had heard of a festival, which takes place in Arugam Bay, in the east of the country. The Internet did not reveal how much a ticket costs and what music direction is played. Alex and I thought it was worth a try. I left my bike in the hostel and finally I was able to enjoy a bus ride.
    Before us lay 280 km for which we will need more than 8 hours. Astonishingly, time passed by in flight. We were literally overwhelmed with impressions.
    The bus drivers drive like mad. In overtaking maneuvers they making from a two-lane road, a three-lane. Partially, the bus was so crowded, that I sat on the top over the engine. Or I stood in the front door, and the wind blew through my face. It was my most adventurous bus trip so far.
    Not far from the festival grounds we had booked our accommodation. On the bus we met Domingo from Chile, who spontaneously joined us.
    In the evening we went to the festival ground. From a distance we already heard the music: trance. I'm not a fan of trance, because the music is too monotonous. There was only a 5-day ticket to buy, which cost 120 €. Since we had taken the long way, we still wanted to enjoy the festival. Without problems we sneaked along the beach on the festival ground. Most visitors were pumped up with drugs and danced in trance. It was an interesting experience, but one evening was enough.
    The next day we relaxed on the beach. Then our paths separated again. Alex went on to the highlands. Domingo stayed for another day, but we met a few days later in Weligama. For me, I went by bus back to Merissa, and from there one town further to Weligama.
    I checked into the hostel Weligama, which had opened only a month ago. It was immediately a family co-operation. I liked it here so much, that it was difficult for me to continue riding.

    But I wanted to see more of Sri Lanka, so I took the off again. I cycled along the coast to the southernmost point, Tangalle. From there I went on towards the highlands. My next goal was Ella, where I would need three to four days. On the way to Ella I met incredibly nice and open-minded people. They were always given a smile.

    Unexpectedly, I passed a national park known for its wild safaris. The next day, I sat with a Norwegian couple, and three friends from Austria in a jeep, and we set off for an 5-hour safari. We got to see many animals. Especially the elephants posed perfectly for our cameras.

    The next day I was back on the bike and reached Ella in the evening. The small village is surrounded by a diverse mountain landscape. A famous peak is the "Liddle Adams Peak", which is reached within an hour and guarantees a great view.

    After two days of stay, my next destination was "Adams Peak", one of the main attractions in Sri Lanka. The mountain is near the city of Hatton and is best reached by train. It is not just a train ride, its one of the most beautiful train journeys you can do in the world. The special feature is that you can sit directly at the door.
    Actually, Steph from Australia (I met her at the hostel) and I wanted to go on the same train, but I had to take a train later because of the bike. We met later in the village at Adams Peak.
    From Hatton it was again 40 km with the bike to Adams Peak. On the way I got invited to a volleyball game, which I could not refuse.

     
    The Adams Peak is a "Must Do" for both, tourists and locals alike. Before you are on top of the 2243 m high summit, 5400 steps must be conquered. Locals of all ages go to the mountain to pray at the summit.

    In our accommodation we met Weston from China. At three o'clock in the morning, we three of us started to see the sunrise at 6.30 a.m. on the peak. Unfortunately it was cloudy on this day, that couldnt shot the sunrise photo.

    Adams Peak was my last major destination in Sri Lanka. On the same day I made my way back to Negombo. The last 130 km were hard but scenic. Two days later I went on to India.

    I liked Sri Lanka so much, that I have to come back. The beaches, the mountains, the people ... I felt like home.

    Janosch
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  • Day7

    Everywhere we go they offer us food and drinks. They have nothing but they make sure we are taken care of. Mia is trying this sweet snack that they bake in a large leaf, it wasn't that bad. We also got to see how the women sew bags and purses and sell them for money for the church. We bought one for 5 dollars to support the church. We also got to ride in a tuk tuk to visit the ladies home who is in the picture. The son climbed the coconut tree to get us something to drink.Read more

  • Day4

    After no sleep we were on our way (2 hour drive) to visit our first project which is a child survival project. Its a program that helps moms and their children develop together and survive. We got to see all the moms and their kids and go visit one of their homes to see how they live. She had no running water, only 1 wood frame to sleep on with her and her son and no kitchen to prepare meals.

    We were then able to meet some of the kids after they got home from school. Mia had a crowd of kids around her that she was taking pictures of the kids and putting funny faces on them. They thought it was the best thing and kept laughing at what Mia was doing.

    After we spend all day with the kids, we then drove another hour north to another hotel but this time it is on the beach.

    Mia was exhausted and barely could make it through dinner.
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  • Day9

    After 3 days hiding in the shadow due to the horrible sunburn I got, I decided to try surfing! 🏄🏼‍♀️

    There is one important thing that you have to be careful about Sri Lankan people. They love asking much more money for almost everything, especially when you haven't got a clue how much you need to pay. I'm talking about Tuk Tuk rides, fruits and even the prices of the surfing schools.

    Eranda (who is the owner of the place where I am volunteering) knows many people around here, and can get me better deals. Lucky me! 🍀

    That's how I got a surf lesson for almost half of the price! Thanks for the very good teacher called Blacky, I managed to stand up for the second time, which was pretty cool! However, without his help, I was quite miserable. 😅

    I'll definitely go back soon! 😍
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  • Day7

    We are now back at the first hotel which was a 3 hour bus ride. It's in the heart of colombo which is very crowded. We are done visiting our projects and get to be a tourist for a day. We are headed to a Buddhist temple tomorrow and a market to shop and then our flight leaves at 3am. We have to arrive at the airport 5 hours early because they are renovating the airport.

  • Day13

    What a big surprise, that I spent another day on one of the amazing beaches. 🏖This time I have been to Hikkaduwa which is famous for its sea turtles. 🐢

    Just after I arrived to the beach, a guy offered me a very nice snorkelling experience, which actually wasn't as nice as it had been advertised.. I have seen some cool fishes but didn't really worth the money. Oh well, it happens ☺️
    Later, I had the chance to feed a sea turtle that was sooo huge, I couldn't believe it! It was such a great experience. ☺️🐢
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  • Day16

    I couldn't be happier that I had the chance to meet these amazing girls: Sirin and Jana from Germany. ☺️ This time we went to the Sinharaja rainforest together, and we stayed one night in the nearest town called Deniyaya.

    While we were exploring Deniyaya, 2 children suddenly appeared, grabbed Jana's and Sirin's hands and took us to their house to show us a cow. 🐮It was so funny as they put 3 chairs in front of the cow so that we could watch it, like in a cinema. 😄It was getting a bit embarrassing when the whole family arrived and we were just sitting there as strangers.. Fortunately, everybody was surprisingly welcoming and kind. They showed us their house, their toys and a speaking parrot. 🐦We even got some local vegetables and some coconut. 🍈Read more

  • Day17

    Starting the day with a super delicious breakfast gave us the energy to go to a 5-hour-long tour to the Sinharaja Rainforest. 💪🏻

    Luckily, we had a very enthusiastic and expert guide called Pali, who told us loads of interesting facts about the forest, animals and plants. 🕷🐒🍃

    The best part was when we stopped and swam in a beautiful waterfall! It was so refreshing and amazing, as we were listening to the sounds of nature and felt so free. I'm sure that I will be thinking of that moment, when I have to go back to work. ☺️

    That weird thing on the last picture was simply called sandwich by Pali. I was kinda relieved when we found out that we didn't have to eat the leaves, only the stuff between them. 😁 There were some coconut with some honey inside, that we really enjoyed.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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