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  • Day1

    Arriving in Colombo

    January 15, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Fairly typical flight out of Sydney and not a whole lot to report. The terminal was extremely crowded with lots of groups heading for WORLD YOUTH DAY in Panama. Our flight was fairly full, even in the Quiet Zone, and our usual trick of booking window + aisle seats and having a spare between us didn't work out, sadly.

    Arrived in KL on time and killed a few hours having a snack and sitting around on laptops. It's funny how despite being a reasonably-modern airport, there's hardly any power points anywhere. Crossed the airport to where our gate was located and found our flight with no dramas. This time I had a spare seat next to me, but Shandos was sitting on the other side of the plane - the system had allocated tickets nowhere near each other, and then demanded $10 to sit together!

    Didn't see much on the flight in since it was dark, but we were quickly off the plane and through the terminal. No problems at immigration which was a relief since I'd realised I put the wrong passport number on my application (I had two numbers transposed). Had sent a message asking to change it and never heard back, so I was worried I'd have to pay another $50 USD for a visa on arrival, but it never eventuated.

    Got some cash from the ATM, a pair of SIM cards, met our driver and headed into Colombo. It's normally an hour drive but took us about 25 minutes thanks to no traffic late at night. Streets deserted around the hotel.

    Our room is pretty crap, but we're leaving first thing in the morning so it's not a big deal.
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  • Day83

    Colombo - Stadtbesichtigung

    March 29, 2017 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nachdem die 7 Tage auf See verflogen sind, haben wir den Indischen Ozean überquert und damit die kleine Insel Sri Lanka vor Indien erreicht, welche wegen ihrer Form auch als Träne von Indien bezeichnet wird. 😊

    Als wir unsere ersten Schritte nach draußen setzten war alles so wie wir es uns vorgestellt hatten:

    - Heiß (30 Grad um 9 Uhr morgens)
    - Feucht (knapp 70% Luftfeuchtigkeit)
    - Unmengen an Menschen

    Die Innenstadt von Colombo ist ein absolutes Chaos. Eine gefühlte Million an TukTuks, zwischen drin Autos, LKW's, Menschen die einfach über die Straße gehen, Schubkarren, Melonenverkäufer, Anzugträger und Kinder. Alles auf einer Straße plus Gehsteig. Unglaublich 😂
    Und trotzdem funktioniert alles reibungslos, wenn man länger zusieht merkt man dass dieses Chaos in jeder Europäischen Stadt einen Superstau auslösen würde, wegen der Unfälle die es andauernd geben würde. Aber hier, nichts davon. Keine Verletzten, Unfälle oder sonst etwas 😁 wie auch immer sie das machen, sie machen es richtig 😊

    Unsere Runde führte uns zur Independence Memorial Hall, einem Buddhistischen Tempel, einer Kathedrale und diversen anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten. 😊

    Alles in allem eine hektische, aber aufregende Stadt, die auf uns einen Eindruck hinterlassen hat.

    Und all das ist nur ein Bruchteil von dem was uns in Indien erwartet 😨😁😂
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  • Day122

    First solo trip to Sri Lanka

    November 30, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    First solo trip. Exciting. Scary. I packed all my courage and my excitement to go surfing and I left Turkey behind to discover this tropical island: Sri Lanka.

    Colombo was my first stop. I spent my days roaming around the city and the nights at Rasika's place, one friend from Jona from 3 years ago when he visited the country. We went out for dinner with a good friend from him, Dhanangeva, we had such a special connection. I could even call him "spiritual friend".

    The first insights of travelling alone didn't happen as expected. I felt observed all the time while walking down the street as a young white woman. Men would approach me and ask me too many personal questions that started blocking my friendliness to turn it into mistrust. Some people followed me, others wanted to pay things for me and that felt very uncomfortable.

    I continued my trip to Weligama to surf, main purpose of this trip. I spent a bit more than two weeks surrounded by very good people surfing, sharing wonderful evenings and delicious roti. The atmosphere with local people was amazing and I mostly spent my free time with Yehoram and Lior, two Israelis and with the Sarahs from Australia, that made my stay unforgettable ♡

    After laying at the beach like a lizard and surfing at the Sri Lankan coast for a while, it was time to discover the wilderness of the hilly part. Haputale, Ella and Mihintale followed with Leana, an Argentinian girl with whom I spent the last days in the country. It felt good to speak some Spanish and to share my adventures with a woman.

    Travelling on my own has been indeed an adventure but foremost a trip of self discovery. It's been a journey where I did things that scared me but I am glad I did them anyway. I had moments when I felt vulnerable and angry, and other moments left my heart full and I felt very grateful for being able to feel, to live, to be free. To be able to separate ways from my partner for a while and meet again with plenty of stories to tell each other.

    I wonder if travelling alone will feel the same next time. Maybe I just have to give it another try... :)
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  • Day89

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    March 13, 2015 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Once more off to watch the elephants but this time in a more civilized way. We took the express train to Pinnawala to an elephant rescue park that takes elephants that have been orphaned or acclimatized to human contact and can't take care of themselves in the wild. There are now about 60 elephants in the area. A few still need to be chained at times but most roam pretty freely around the area as you can see from the herd coming down the street by the restaurant we were eating at to use the river for their daily bath.
    We watched the entire herd romp around the river and get their daily socializing done. Some played, some rested and others just would drape their trunk around each other and get close like they were old buddies telling secrets in each others ear.
    We, of course, did the same in a restaurant just above the water with about 100 of the folks on the world cruise that we have gotten to know pretty well after being on the boat with some of them for almost 3 months.
    The train was built in 1980 but recreated one of the old ones used during the WWII when the Commander of the Asian Command was headquartered just north of where we were. Much nicer then traveling by bus. Sri Lanka has come a long way from the days of the Civil War and terrorist bombings every week or so. It was good to see a country come out of something as bad as they went through with the spirit these people have. We wish them well. It is definitely worth a visit again in a few years to see what has happened.
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  • Day221

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    December 20, 2017 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    To round off our travels with my parents in Sri Lanka, we spent a few days in the capital city Colombo. Our major activity here was buying Sri Lanka inspired/themed Christmas presents. We enjoyed a nice farewell meal with my parents at a pizza joint. Whit and I loved our time with my parents in Sri Lanka and we were sad to go our separate ways. While they head back to New Zealand for a summer Christmas, we fly to Switzerland to spend the holidays with our friends and family living abroad.Read more

  • Day79

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    March 23, 2014 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    28C at 9am and due to rise to 34C. As we left the ship, a group of musicians and dancers were performing for us. They looked very colourful in their costumes. We started with a tour of parts of the city which was run down but very lively. Most of the shops were closed as it was a Sunday but all the local markets were open. We stopped for photographs at some of the more important buildings and then stopped for a tour of the city museum, which contained ancient statues of Buddha, discovered in various parts of the country and items belonging to the last King of Ceylon. We then drove to Independence Square for more photographs and then to a Buddha temple. We stopped for refreshments before continuing along the seafront and promenade, passing some very modern and old hotels and some interesting colonial buildings.Read more

  • Day1


    March 6, 2015 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Nachdem wir leider nicht von unserem Hotel am Flughafen abgeholt wurden, sind wir um 5h morgens die Stadt nach einem Hostel abgelaufen - irgendwann gegen 7h morgens hatten wir etwas Glück 😉
    Colombo hat man in einem Tag abgelaufen, in den Straßen wird alles mögliche verkauft, was wir als Schrott bezeichnen würden haha.
    Nachts waren wir auf der Suche nach einer Bar - angeblich nur eine halbe Stunde von unserem Hostel entfernt... Bilanz nach 2 Stunden Fussmarsch: Kein Bier, keine Bar, keine Frauen auf der Straße, aber Party bei Pizza Hut 😂
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  • Day361

    Sri lanka

    March 28, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Schulbildung und Krankenkasse ist umsonst. In chinesischer Hand. Es wird eine Palme wie in Dubai erbaut. Kauf und Mietpreise so hoch wie in New York. 300% Steuern für europäische Autos. Getrennte Schulen. Die Frauen gehen in den arabischen Emirates arbeiten und schicken das Geld nach Hause. Weiß ist die Farbe der Trauer aber es wird in weiß geheiratet ;) 54 Prozent Frauen. 7.000 Elefanten mehr weibliche.
    Tuk tuk kostet ca 4.000 Euro. Die Buddhisten glauben an Wiedergeburt, sie sind moderne Muslimen da sie Alkohol Trinken.

    Glückliche Insel = Sri Lanka

    Beamter bekommen Rente die für den Staat arbeiten. zB post oder Bahn. Alle anderen bekommen kein Geld wenn sie nicht arbeiten.

    Der Boh baum ist heilig nicht die Kühe!

    Ayu Born . Langes Leben

    80 Prozent können nicht schwimmen!
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  • Day3

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    October 2, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ofereceram se para me ensinarem a joga cricket, o jogo mais popular do Sri Lanka, qualquer coisa serve para jogar, uma bola de tênis, uns pedaços de madeira, por exemplo...
    Recusei por razões óbvias, se fosse homem certas coisas seriam mais simples...Read more

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