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  • Day205

    A country to feel good

    March 19, 2017 in Sri Lanka

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    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.

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  • Day26


    July 21 in Sri Lanka

    Jetzt ist es wieder an der Zeit weiter zu reisen. Wir haben jetzt 3 Tage hier in Mirissa verbracht. Am ersten Tag haben wir uns gemütlich die Gegend angeschaut und haben an den schönsten Hotspots Fotos gemacht. Heute entspannten wir uns wieder einmal am Strand und am Nachmittag sind wir das 2. mal schon in ein wahnsinns Café gegangen, wo es traumhaften Schockokuchen und hervorragende Brownies gibt!😍 Gleich am Abend sind wir wieder hingegangen und haben dort zu Abend gegessen. Es gab Chicken Rotti Wrap für mich und für Lisa einen Schrimps Rotti Wrap und gemeinsam haben wir einen unglaublichen Wassermelonen-Feta-Nuss Salat gegessen. Das war der ober Hammer! Morgen fahren wir weiter nach Weligama.Read more

  • Day40

    Mirissa Beach

    January 13 in Sri Lanka

    By bus we travelled to Mirissa today. After swimming in the sea we were surprised by a thunderstorm. Actually the first real rain since we have started traveling on 5th December 2017.

    Heute ging es mit dem Bus weiter nach Mirissa an die Küste. Nachdem wir schwimmen waren gab es dann den ersten richtigen Regen seitdem wir auf Reisen sind.

  • Day23

    Gestern und heute stand so ziemlich das gleiche auf dem Programm, nämlich Strand, Sonne, Meer und lecker essen! Nach dem Frühstück, welches Eier, Toast, Marmelade, Butter, Tee und Bananen gestern und heute Eier, Kokosnuss Roti, Butter, Tee, Bananen und Litschis beinhaltete, machten wir uns fertig für den Strand! Es war strahlend blauer Himmel und die Sonne bratzelte auf uns herrab. Man spürte es aber gar nicht so heftig, da ein ordentlicher Wind am Meer ging. Er war sehr erfrischend auf der Haut, erhöhte aber auch das Risiko es nicht zu spüren wenn wir uns ordentlich verbrennen würden. Deshalb kühlte wir uns irgendwann mal im Meer ab und nach guten 3 1/2 Stunden packten wir so langsam die Sachen um uns noch ein Eis zu holen. Dann ging es zurück zur Unterkunft wo wir noch faulenzten bis der frühe Hunger kam und wir uns auf zum Abendessen machten. Nachdem Kalinas Kottu mir gestern so gut geschmeckt hatte und sie damit einverstanden war nochmal hin zu gehen machten wir uns auf den Weg! Heute stand dann zwei Mal Kottu auf der Bestellung und eine Eier Roti. Auch heute mussten wir nicht lange auf unser Essen warten und es schmeckte wieder Mal super. Auch die Roti war noch perfekt zum Teilen nach dem Hauptgang, so dass wir beide richtig satt waren. Daheim schalteten wir dann noch einen Film ein, bevor die Augen müde würden und das Schlummerland rief.
    Dies galt für beide Tage und es war sehr erholsam bevor es morgen ein letztes Mal weiter geht!
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  • Day17

    Nach zwei sehr entspannten Strandtagen ziehen wir heute mal wieder weiter. Es geht an einen der angeblich schönsten Strände Sri Lankas, nach Mirissa. Da der kleine Ort mit der sichelförmigen Bucht gar nicht weit von Talalla entfernt liegt, dauert unsere Anreise heute nur etwa eine Stunde mit dem Bus. Trotz einmal Umsteigen ein Kinderspiel für uns, inzwischen sind wir ja schon fast Busfahr-Profis hier. Ein kleines Negativ-Erlebnis hatten wir jedoch im Bus: Wir saßen ganz vorne in der ersten Reihe um unser Gepäck, das seitlich neben der vorderen Bustür stand, gut im Blick zu haben. Als plötzlich die Stimmen der Einheimischen lauter und hektischer wurde, drehten wir uns um. Hinter uns gingen zwei Männer mittleren Alters auf einander los, schlugen mit den Regenschirmen, die sie in der Hand hatten aufeinander ein und bespuckten sich. Da der Fahrer unbeirrt weiterfuhr, kamen die beiden Streithähne beim nächsten Bremsen ins Taumeln und fielen um. Dabei landeten sie direkt neben unserer Sitzbank. Auch hier ließen sie nicht voneinander ab und begannen sich nun zu würgen. Mehrere andere Männer im Bus versuchten die beiden zu trennen, einer von ihnen schaffte es schließlich und bekam dabei auch ein paar Schläge ab. Als die beiden endlich getrennt waren, wurde einer der Streitsüchtigen aus dem Bus geschubst. Das Ganze war so eine seltsame Situation, dass wir noch einige Zeit schockiert waren. Wir würden nur zu gerne etwas über die Gründe wissen. Der Mann, der es letztendlich geschafft hat, die beiden zu trennen, meinte nur zu uns „one of them was crazy“, als er in unsere schockierten Gesichter blickte.
    Der Rest des Tages verlief da schon viel ruhiger. Wir luden unser Gepäck in unserem Guesthouse ab (mal wieder im Haus einer einheimischen Familie, die zwei Gästezimmer vermietet) und gingen zum Strand. Im Gegensatz zu Talalla ist der Tourismus hier schon voll angekommen. Es gibt jede Menge Hotels/Guesthäuser und ungefähr genauso viele Strandbars. Da wir beides sehen wollten, den ruhigen, fast verlassenen und den belebten, quirligen Strand, ist Mirissa nun nach Talalla unser nächstes Ziel. Der Strand hier ist natürlich viel voller als der in Talalla, aber auch deutlich länger, sodass sich die Leute doch ganz gut verteilen. Am Strand trafen wir dann unsere Reisebekannten Lisa und Christian und wenig später die zwei Julias wieder und verabredeten uns zum Abendessen und Cocktailtrinken. Es hat schon definitiv Vorteile durch so ein kleines Land zu reisen, man trifft ständig die gleichen Gesichter.
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  • Day216

    Mirissa, Sri Lanka

    December 15, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Beachy Mirissa is a popular tourist haven on Sri Lanka's south coast. We spent three days here enjoying the sun, surf, and late afternoon thunderstorms which cleared before dinner. Breakfasts were usually at upmarket tourist cafes while dinners were fresh snapper at beach front restaurants for cheap ($15nzd for two people). An Australian friend struggling to catch a crab on the beach had us all in hysterics, especially when he attempted to sell the crab to a crab vendor on the beach front.

    During our time in Mirissa, we took a three hour voyage out to sea to view the biggest animals ever to grace the face of our planet... blue whales! They were immense. Spanning about 25m in length with only about a fifth of their bodies visible; these giants were impressive. Overall, we saw about 20 individual blue whales as they surfaced between feeding dives. The funnest fact I learnt during this expedition was that baby blue whales weigh three tonnes at birth and put on about 90kg (200lb) per day for the first year of their life! What beasts!
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  • Day41


    July 29 in Sri Lanka

    früh morgens 3.5 Stunden Busfahrt nach Mirissa#während der Busfahrt geschlafen #Mirissa#schöner Ort was ich gesehen habe#der Strand sei auch schön vom hören sagen#Nachmittag im Bett verbracht#geschwächt#viel Schlaf#geht aber Bergauf#mehr gibts nicht zu sagen.. 😕

  • Day15

    "Sommer", Sonne, Strand und Schweiß

    April 18, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Nach den vielen kleinen Abenteuern waren die Tage am Mirissa Beach stets ähnlich (da wegen der Neujahrsfeier immer noch für manche Singalesen Feiertage waren gab es keinen Kochkurs):
    Morgens bis abends die Seele baumeln lassen und bräunen..."Biste brown, kriegste Fraun!" war das (in diesem Urlaub oft zitierte) Motto. 😎

    Auf dem Weg nach Galle konnten es Meli und ich am Donnerstag langsamer als Steffi und Matthias angehen lassen, da wir erst am 25. April den Rückflug wahrnehmen mussten.
    Wir verabschiedeten uns morgens von ihnen und schlenderten noch in ein leckeres Café namens "Loco Coco". Danach packten wir unsere sieben Sachen um einen Bus nach Unawatuna zu erwischen...
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  • Day134


    February 19 in Sri Lanka

    Leider ist Ausschlafen nicht drin. Mein Körper muss sich wohl erst wieder dran gewöhnen. Mit einem Bus geht es ins zwei Stunden entfernte Mirissa. Nach einer schrecklichen Suche nach einer Unterkunft (Hitze + Müdigkeit + ausgebuchte Hostels = Mord), kann ich endlich einfach am Strand entspannen. Der Strand ist schön, aber auch ganz schön überfüllt. Aus einer Bar in der Mitte des Strandes dröhnt laut Techno Musik.

    Nach wieder nicht wirklich ausschlafen, miete ich mir am nächsten Tag einen Scooter und erkunde die umliegenden Strände. Der Coconut Beach ist schön ruhig. Hier lässt es sich eine Weile aushalten. Hier sieht man auch die traditionellen Fischer, die nah am Strand auf ihren Holzkonstruktionen sitzen. Abends treffe ich Chris Martin aus Dänemark wieder (so wie auch schon in Ella und im Bus auf dem Weg zum Nationalpark). Zusammen gehen wir Abendessen und ein paar Bier trinken. Dänen sind mir sehr sympathisch. Schweden allerdings auch. Und die mögen sich untereinander wohl nicht...komisch.
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  • Day25


    December 7, 2016 in Sri Lanka

    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.

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