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  • Sri Lanka 2017 SummerA couple of years ago, in my mind, I devised a travel app to track you wherever you go, no obvious questions being asked. I was thinking how wonderful it would be not to have to tell people where you Posted by FierceOrc in Sri Lanka 2017 | Jun 24, 2017
  • Tangalla Up & BlueThe rainy, chilly Ella we fell asleep in was not the bright, sunny Ella was woke up to. We took our morning tea and breakfast on the owner's little terrace, and were nearly blinded by the rising sun. Now I Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 4, 2015
  • Unawatuna Change Of FortunaFun fact: Back in the day, the Arab traders' word for Sri Lanka was "Serendib," meaning exotic surprises. This morphed into our word "serendipity." Fun fact #2: The one creature responsible for the most human deaths over time, by a Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 5, 2015
  • The Galle Of This PlaceWe spent all yesterday enjoying a relaxing beach day in Unawatuna. We really didn't do much beyond play in the ocean, read books, and savor not having to ride a bus for an entire day. We did learn two very Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 8, 2015
  • Hungry Like the Jones-WolfWe had a proper morning tea at our guesthouse in Galle, then caught a public bus for the 3-hour trip to Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. We splurged $2 USD more for the air-conditioned "luxury" bus, and by doing so Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 9, 2015
  • From One Tea- and Curry-Soaked Nation to AnotherGreetings from Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped nation off the east coast of India. We arrived here yesterday, and it has been a bit weird. Given that I have been traveling almost nonstop since January, and Matt and I just moved Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Feb 25, 2015
  • Rock and RotiToday we were up early at 6am, had breakfast, walked to the bus stop, and caught a local bus to Sigirya, Sri Lanka's premier archaeological site. Sigirya, or The Lion Palace, is a former citadel surrounded by ancient gardens and Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Feb 26, 2015
  • Cycling the CitadelThis morning, we checked out of our little guesthouse, and caught a very crowded, very hot public bus 90 minutes to the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa (note: it's quite OK if you can't pronounce these place names. We can't pronounce Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Feb 27, 2015
  • I Want Kandy!Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. That's right, 19...eeeek. We are getting old. So what does one get one's spouse for a 19th wedding anniversary? If you're in this marriage (and I'm fairly sure I am), you get a 4 hour Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Feb 28, 2015
  • Like a Kid In a Kandy StoreToday was one of those wonderful travel days where you tick everything off the must-see list, and have a fabulous time doing it. We hired a local tuk-tuk driver to take us around to Kandy's more far-flung sites for Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 1, 2015
  • (Very) High TeaOur friendly tuk-tuk driver from yesterday drove us to the Kandy bus station this morning, and we caught yet another public bus for the 3-hour ride way up to Nuwara Eliya, in the mountains of tea country. The bus Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 2, 2015
  • Under My Umbrella, Ella, EllaAfter a week of baking hot humidity, early morning wakeups, and general low levels of cleanliness, I can't begin to describe how decadent it was to sleep in until past 8am this morning, then wake up in a giant bed Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 3, 2015
  • The bridge on the river KwaiA long drive today down to Colombo from the cool of the tea plantation area of Ceylon to its former capital in colonial times.As we descended the mountains we passed quaintly named plantations and wonderful scenery more like Austria than Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 11, 2015
  • Day trip to GalleAs the Indian prime minister was making an official visit today and Colombo would be having a security shutdown right where our hotel in fort Colombo is situated we decided to visit Galle further south.We took the second tuktuk to Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 12, 2015
  • Colombo DayThe best thing about this hotel,apart from the faded grandeur,is the view from the dining room. A great view of the harbour with all the boats and birds flying about and perfect as you sip your morning coffee. Unfortunately soon Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 13, 2015
  • Off to japanA glorious morning and as we ate our breakfast we watched a container ship dock and a noticed a cruise ship had arrived in the night. It was full of Americans as a crowd of them came in for tea Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 14, 2015
  • Sri Lanka day 1An early start to the airport passing queues of people hanging around some stalls by the railway tracks.they were hoping to get some work that day said our driver and gang masters would come and choose.In contrast we passed a Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 7, 2015
  • Nellie UtopiaA drive through fields of rice ripening ready for the harvest,our guide pointed out little wooden shelters in the trees where the farmers go at night to frighten off the wild animals who might flatten or eat their crop and Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 8, 2015
  • Buddha UtopiaThis morning our start was delayed because the coach being used by some Chinese tourists was blocking the hotel road as they were taking a long time to settle their bills.Their rep was getting very uppity with the reception desk Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 9, 2015
  • Botanical gardens and...oh look more elephants!Our first visit of the day was to the Botanical gardens in Kandy,it had been a royal pleasure gardens but in the mid 19th cent the British developed it as a botanical gardens.Some wonderful orchids entranced us and we happily Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Mar 10, 2015
  • Sri Lanka Part 1 - Beautiful BeachesDeparting Bangkok, in the spirit of budget conscious travellers on the road for a long haul, we opted to take a less expensive but much longer flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka, one which had us in transit for twelve hours. Posted by Dreamchasers in Adventures by Dreamchasers | Feb 16, 2013
  • Sri Lanka Part 2 - Safari AdventureAfter a week of walking beautiful beaches and trading our prairie winter anemic look in for a healthy bronze glow, we felt rested and ready to move on to another theme in this country: discovering its abundant wildlife. So Posted by Dreamchasers in Adventures by Dreamchasers | Feb 19, 2013
  • Sri Lanka Part 3 The Hill CountryI believe I have made one or two references already to the natural beauty of Sri Lanka,after having experienced Mirissa Beach and the abundant wildlife of Yala Park Animal Sanctuary. The trip into the hill country and the tea Posted by Dreamchasers in Adventures by Dreamchasers | Feb 27, 2013
  • Sri Lanka Hill Country /The Journey to Adam's PeakOnce done hiking Horton's Plains and touring the tea estates around the beautiful valley town of Nurawa Elija, Adam's Peak was still on the to-do list, so we boarded that train again a couple of days later for the tiny Posted by Dreamchasers in Adventures by Dreamchasers | Feb 28, 2013
  • Elephant Safaris and More in PolonnaruwaI'd like to say I came away from my hike up Adam's Peak unscathed, but I cannot tell a lie.  I have to admit to walking just a tad bit more slowly for the next couple of days, and could Posted by Dreamchasers in Adventures by Dreamchasers | Mar 2, 2013
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