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Saint Sebastian Canal

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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

  • Day3

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    October 2, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Ponnampalavaneswarar hindu temple, grandmother of shiva.
    A cerimónia começa o ambiente se torna ainda mais místico e de certa forma assustadora, tive uma sensação de desconforto como se tivesse recuado quase 4mil anos atrás e estava numa cerimónia da civilização Maya.Read more

  • Day2


    July 16, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Flug von Zürich über Doha nach Colombo mit Qatar Airways.
    Taxi zum Hotel Mövenpick.
    Erkundung vom Petha Viertel, Fort Viertel und Kolonial Viertel.
    Nachtessen (Streetfood) Galle Face Green.
    Organisieren der Sri Lanka Reise.
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  • Day275


    October 3, 2017 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    One day in Colombo... With great company you stay longer. So I did.
    Don't change a running system and so I took the same hostel as the last time. City jumbo hostel, very basic, clean and breakfast included. Few minutes after my arrival I met Rosie a girl from the UK. A very pleasant, beautiful one and yoga instructor. We found many subjects to talk about and so the time was running. We cooked in the evening and she sang while I played guitar.
    After a almost sleepless night I decided to change the hostel with her next day.
    In the morning I went to the embassy of China to apply for the visa but it was closed. Open next Monday...

    Back in the hostel we swap the location and had an amazing day in the Parc. Had some dinner and... :-)

    Next day, sightseeing. Temple, Parc and city tour. In the evening we went to the seaside for the sunset.

    Since I'm in sri lanka I played daily guitar, so I improve myself. During the whole time there was maybe one day without my guitar.
    So I played guitar, the guys from the hostel sat next to me and apparently enjoyed the sound. We played cards and drank some beers.

    On Saturday I was looking for a massage center. Quite easy to find, not easy to pay. It's the capital city and very costly. Near the beach I found a place. Apparently a serious spa, very clean, not cheap, but I didn't need an appointment. In the spa I could choose my therapist. Quite common in sri lanka if more then one is free.
    The first half of the hour was gone and it was a very relaxing massage without any offer...
    Suddenly the curtain was lifted and the colleague of my therapist came in. Nothing special, because that happened several times in Thailand. But now I had two pairs of hands on my back and they offered me a "special relaxing massage" for just 10000 Rupees.
    To this point it was relaxing enough and refused the offer. They started to convince me and decreased the price: 10000 for both of them. Still No! Apparently a word they don't hear often. So they insistently tried to convince me that I take this relaxing thing...
    I left after half an hour though I already paid. But now I can say, I have seen two pairs of sri Lankan boobs. 😁😁 was nice to see, but I still do not pay for things like that.

    The company of the guys was awesome and I decided to go with Konner and Sasha (Canadian and British) to hikkaduwa instead of going to midigama with rosie. (rosie was very focused on her yoga and with every day she was more distanced.
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