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Diomede Rock

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    • Day 16

      Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

      August 16 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      "Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm" oder in unserem Fall: "bezwingt den Löwen (Felsen)" = Sigiriya Rock.
      Vielleicht ist es doch keine so gute Idee in der Rucksackseitentasche eine Banane mitzunehmen. Lisi meisterte den Affenangriff durch einen gezielten Bananenschuss.

      Weiterreise nach Polonnaruwa. Weiterhin Kulturellbegeisterte: 3/5.
      Antike Stadt mit dem Rad besichtigt und nun doch selber am Verkehr teilgenommen.

      In Nilaveli angekommen, können wir für die nächsten Tage endlich sagen: "Our job is beach!"
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    • Day 96

      Nilaveli Beach

      August 23, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      We have headed to the east coast, where they say has beautiful beaches as well as a handful of beaches that are suitable for kids as there aren't too many rough waves. It is quite gorgeous and pictuesque, with clean and and turquoise waters, depending on the sun and the clouds. It's an almost private beach for the guesthouse/resort we stay at, complete with little beach cabanas and coconut trees.Read more

    • Day 98

      Lila's 5th birthday :)

      August 25, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      Today we celebrated our little miss turning 5yrs old 🎉 She said she wanted to go to the beach, which is why we are here!
      She started the day with video calls to our family and her best preschool friend and her presents, some silver anklets with bells (which lots of girls in India wear) + a new toothbrush! She was surprised with a lovely flower necklace from the guesthouse, and we spent the day on the beach 🏖 We shared some birthday ice cream🍨 (instead of cake) and got treated to an amazing sky of storm clouds rolling through in the late afternoon.Read more

    • Day 76

      D76 Sri Lanka - Nilavelli Beach

      September 18, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      As we were standing in the driveway of our hotel complex yesterday afternoon looking for a potential driver on Google, a young guy pulled up and said “Do you want something?”. We’re getting used to automatically saying “No, thank you!”, but before I could get that out Ant said “Are you a driver?”. In a nutshell we’ve secured ourselves a driver from here to Nilavelli for a reasonable price - we’d be saving so much if we were taking public buses...but we’d be risking losing our nerves and our stuff in the process!

      After a pre-breakfast walk and a “near death experience” (Ant was almost taken out by a falling tree branch), we ate our last servings of hoppers and fresh fruit before running back to our room to pack. The bags are pushing their limits - they’re doing us proud!
      We checked out and collected yet another business card with the attached request for a Trip Advisor review. It’s becoming a full time job I tell you, good thing I love it...
      Our driver was bang on time and after we stopped at an ATM (for us) and a grocery store (for him), we headed down the road. Thankfully it was only 120km to Nilavelli and the roads were supposedly in really good condition in comparison to what we’ve been travelling on so far. Great news if that meant less time in a car!

      About half an hour into the journey and both of us had suspicions that what he was drinking wasn’t orange juice. A quick google of the brand and it soon became clear that his breakfast beverage of choice started with B and ended with RANDY. It’s becoming clear that having a bottle of booze next to the driver’s seat is not abnormal (as we’ve noticed the last 2 days with seperate drivers), and the local authorities don’t seem overly concerned about it (having been pulled over for a license and insurance check, with the bottle in plain view). But whatever, it’s just drinking and driving...

      We got here in one piece, I was so relieved that I nearly kissed the ground! I think it’s a firm NO to his offer to drive us back to Negombo in a few days time.

      We were shown straight to our villa, despite being a few hours early, and met one of the workers, Niru. Apparently the owner Amal, who we’ve read is a great host and an AMAZING cook, is in hospital so unfortunately we won’t be meeting him. But the three guys running the show while he’s gone all seem lovely, and there are only 3 villas which means it’ll be nice and quiet.

      About 30 minutes after we arrived we sat outside on our small verandah and before we knew it the heavens opened up and for the next couple of hours it rained. And rained. And rained. And we had no food. So the minute it stopped we quickly ran 2 minutes down the beach to ‘That’s Why’ beach shack/restaurant/cool dudes hangout, where Niru had said to try for food. I was immediately complimented on my hair by my male hair twin, so I was happy - the food was equally as soul warming!

      For the rest of the afternoon we walked northward up the beach and found a local supermarket where we stocked up on emergency snacks, then scored a lift home from Niru in his tuk tuk!
      The sun had finally appeared so we made ourselves comfy on the sun chairs that the villa supply (we are right on the beach!) and it didn’t take long for us to get into the water. We’re not going to lie - it was pretty nerve wracking as the waves were huge, the drag back out was really strong and it would’ve been too easy for either one of us to have been carried out. We played it safe like the others around and stuck in the shallows, but that didn’t stop me carting 2 kg of sand back off the beach in my bather bottoms!

      We went back to the same place for dinner and it was pretty disappointing - the only beer was the bog standard Lion (which we’re both sick of) and the fish was over cooked. Maybe we’re getting picky, but it wasn’t super cheap and we expected more from a place that is apparently so popular. Ah well, you live and learn!

      We ended the night watching YouTube videos - keeping it real everyone!
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    • Day 45

      Wreck Diving

      June 2, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      Eusi letschte beide Tauchgäng in Sri Lanka sind numal super gsi! Am Morge simmer zerscht zum Wrack vu dr Irarakandy, en Dampfer wo 1858 versunke isch. Das 60m lange Schiff het Gold und Sklave us Südindie glade gha und het en Flussmündig mit dr Bucht vu Trincomalee verwechslet. Da isches uf es chlises Riff ufgloffe und lit etz usghöhlt und halbiert uf 10m Tiefi. Nid nur de halb vergrabnig 4m Propeller und de relativ guet erhaltnig Boiler sind sehr idrücklich gsi, au die Unmenge an Fischschwärm und farbige Koralle sind sensationell gsi. Ussert de Martina hend sich all um es Selfie mimne grosse Pufferfisch grisse - sie het meh Freud anere junge Barracuda School gha.
      De zweit Rifftauchgang isch au sehr entspannt gsi. SHighlight fürd Martina isch en Golder Pilot Jack Fish gsi, en knallgelbe chline Fisch mit schwarze Zebrastreife, wo sie es paar Minute umchreist het. Bi zu 15cm vord Maske ischer anegschwumme, denn richtig Bei abtaucht, dFlosse umrundet und wieder ufecho. Offebar sind es paar vu de Meeresbewohner glich fasziniert vu eus wie mier vu ihne :)
      Nachem Tauche simmer wiiter uf Anuradhapura, en grösseri Stadt im Landesinnere, wo v.a. für ihri Tempelruine bekannt isch.
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    • Day 12


      July 19, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

      Nach 1,5h Stunden TukTuk Fahrt, 5h Busfahrt und 20 Minuten TukTuk Fahrt sind wir gut in Nilaveli angekommen.
      Als erstes haben wir einmal Badesachen geschnappt und sind schnell ins Meer gesprungen.
      Jetzt gleich geht es zum Abendessen.
      Für morgen steht Schnorcheln bei Pigeon Island auf dem Programm.
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    • Day 14

      Nilaveli Beach

      July 21, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 33 °C

      Wo gibt es das schon?
      Kaum Menschen am Strand und Schattenplätze gratis...
      Hier bleiben wir noch einen Tag länger :)

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