This is officially my last blogpost from Sri Lanka. So now I really need to except that this journey has come to an end... ahhh it's so hard! Only looking at the pictures of colorful sunsets and the breathtaking landscape makes me wanna drive straight to the airport and buy a ticket for the next flight to Colombo. But I don't want to complain all the time, so instead of moaning, let me tell you more about my last day in Sri Lanka. I had the best time during my stay at the surf camp and I couldn't really imagine it to get any better... and then I met Doro and Bine. They asked me if I wanted to join them on their trip to a tea plantation and a fruit safari in the Singhalese jungle. Of course I said yes and after our early morning surf class and the yoga session, we headed to a little train station in the middle of nowhere. Well, at least I had and still have no idea what the place was called (I'm so bad at this...).
If you ever visit Sri Lanka, a ride on one if the old trains is a must. The trains don't even have doors or windows and are usually very crowded, but it's a super cool and incomparable experience. And besides that, a ticket for an almost 2 hour train ride coasts about 20 Cents .. I can't imagine a cheaper way of traveling :D We took a train from Kalutara South to Colombo in the morning, right after we had breakfast because we wanted to meat up with a friend there for lunch and a little shopping tour. When we arrived at the train station, there was already a crowd of Chinese tourists waiting for the train ride to begin. They did the the most touristic poses you can think of and we had so much fun watching them climbing on the train to get cool shots. Inside the train, the climate was even more humid and hotter and I was literally melting on our way to Colombo. During our ride, more and more local passengers and flying traders hopped on the train and even musicians started to play. In some wagons you could even see animals like goats or chicken being transported by some farmers... you can't really compare this journey to any other train ride :D
Good evening my loves. In today's article I wanted to only show you more pictures from my last vacation and not really write a lot because I feel like the photos already speak for themselves. I took the during a surf session in the evening. I didn't feel well on this day, so I decided to not go into the water and walk along the shore to take some pictures. There were a lot of local children playing on the beach, collecting little shells or hunting hermit crabs. Most of the children in Sri Lanka are unable to swim, so they often only come to watch the surfers. This time, it was the other way around. xx
Days like these lead to... Nights like these lead to... Love like ours... You light the spark in my bonfire heart... Mhhhm, my bonfire heart lalala and so on. I've been having this catchy song for at least two days after our beautiful sunset bonfire at the beach. A friend of ours organized the whole thing and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful evenings of the whole stay in Sri Lanka. The weather was just perfect, even though the sky was a bit cloudy, but the temperatures were great for a night out. We sat down in the warm sand, had a few cans of beer and listened to the sound of crushing waves and burning wood. A few of us took a swim in the ocean while the sun was setting (sadly, I was still sick at this point and couldn't join them) while the rest of us remained seated or lying in the warm sand, talking about life and the most random stuff. It was my first beach bonfire ever and it could'd have been more perfect. Good company, cold drinks, and another breathtaking sunset. And thanks to everyone who made this night so special. xx
Spontaneous decisions often turn out to be the best decisions. Same goes for our little sunset hike to a temple in the jungle. A friend of mine and I were talking about the beautiful reef in front of our house when my surf teacher told us that there's a little buddhistic temple about 20 minutes away from our home and asked us if we wanted to join him on a walk in the evening. Of course we said yes. We started our little hiking tour at the beach in front of our house and made our way up to a little cliff where the path ended and we stood in front of a giant slope. Julia and I were both like "Dude, what the heck, how are supposed to get up there", but somehow, we all managed to climb up the hill. Well... I went up crawling on all fours and with scratches all over my feet, but I guess that's what you get from hiking barefoot.
Whoop Whoop, back at it with the more typical basic blogger kinda stuff and one of my favorite topics in life in general. Guess what.. FOOD. To be more specific, fancy, healthy, kale-infused-spirulina-extract kinda food. Sri Lanka has a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables to offer, but there are still only a plenty juice and salad bars. This island is not yet as super touristic as Bali etc., so you can't really expect to find these kind of restaurants when you come to visit Sri Lanka. Sure, you can eat very healthy when you're on vacation in this country, but the regional specialities are most of the time fried or contain a lot of gluten and unhealthy carbs. Super delicious, no doubt, but after a few weeks my body was really craving avocado salad and green juices kinda food . When I'm home in Germany, I eat this stuff nearly every day to support my immune system, so you can probably guess my level of excitement when I read the menu of "Poonie's Kitchen". I really take care about my nutrition (at least most of the time), so I was super happy when I found this incredibly cute little restaurant located in the old town of Galle.
So today I wanted to show you a different side of Sri Lanka. A side you'd probably not expect when you've only seen my pictures on Instagram and the previous posts on my blog. But I feel like I need to show you both sides of my vacation just to make things clear. It wouldn't be right to give you the delusion of an island looking like heaven on earth without telling you the actual truth. Sri Lanka is beautiful, but for sure not heaven on earth. We are far away from that. Most of the people are very poor, it is very unsafe for women to travel by their own, and the environmental pollution is just out of this world. I've never seen anything like this before and it honestly broke my heart to see turtles and fishes swimming in next to huge amounts of plastic waste or to see beaches covered with trash. At lot of locals are burning their plastic waste on the roadside, but at the end of the day, most of the trash ends up in the ocean.
Another nickname for Sri Lanka is "India light". I've never been to India and, to be honest, I'm not even sure if I ever want to go there after I have seen all of this poverty and pollution in Sri Lanka. I could't really capture it with my camera, but everyone who has ever been to this country knows exactly what I'm talking about. Garbage incineration next to the streets, rivers full of floating plastic bottles, beaches covered in waste. Due to poor education and a bad infrastructure a lot of people don't know how much they are poisoning their environment and just through their waste into the next creek because most of the time, a professional rubbish disposal doesn't exist. And of course most of the waste is created in the bigger cities, like Colombo, Galle or Kandy. Basically everywhere where you have a greater population. And Kalutara is one of these places.
Crocodiles, snakes, peacocks, cattle, lizards, probably hundreds of birds and - my personal favorite - so so many elephants! I even saw baby elephants suckling on their moms. In short, my trip to the Udawalawe National Park was a huge success. It was super spontaneously and I didn't really plan to go to any national park while I'm in Sri Lanka. But looking back at it now.. I'm so glad I took the chance to visit this very special and unique place. The reason why I went there was because I already met some nice people the day I arrived at the surfcamp and they asked me if I wanted to join them on their excursion the next day. I didn't have any plans for the upcoming days, so I said yes, even though a lot of people told me not to go. Most of them have been to Yala National Park and had a bad experience there, but per usual... I wanted to make my own mind. So after breakfast, we started our little journey. We drove for almost 3 hours and it was super hot and humid this day, so I already felt tired and exhausted before the safari had started.
Hi guys! So here's my first blogpost about Sri Lanka or let's say about my first impressions and a little background story. I had to work the entire week before my vacation and I was getting sicker and sicker every day. It all started with a little headache and a sore throat. And then, one day before my flight was leaving, I got the badest cold ever. I felt so extremely sick that I could't go to work and ended up at the doctor's waiting room instead. The doctor took a blood sample, gave me different kind of medications and told me he would call me in the evening to tell me the results. I slept the whole day long and I already felt better in the evening, but I was still a bit worried about my upcoming trip. In case of an bacterial infection I would have needed to stay at home and take antibiotics. But thankfully it was only a viral infection, so I packed my suitcase and headed to the airport the next morning.
Imagine waking up to the calming sound of crushing waves. Birds are singing in the background, and you are watching the first rays of sunlight shining through the window. Slowly, you'll stand up and walk to the kitchen to grab some fresh fruit and to make some tea or coffee. You grab your new book from the shelf and walk outside to lay down on the couch in your garden, only a stone's throw away from your private beach access. You start reading the first pages of your book and from time to time you look up at the ocean to see some turtles popping out of the turquoise water, right next to a few surfers, who are trying to catch some good waves. You feel the wind in your hair and on your cheeks and you start to taste the salt on your lips. Your two dogs just woke up and come to greet you, you lay your book aside and stroke them. Hermit crabs, squirrels and lizards begin to scuttle through the garden. The world around you is starting to wake up. You take one last sip of your tea and look up to the sky. Tropical birds are sitting in the palm trees and you know that it's time to get into your Lycra for a quick morning surf session before breakfast will be served.
Hey peeps! Sending out sunny greetings to you from Sri Lanka! I hope you are all doing well. So far my stay here has been quite amazing. There are palm trees on every corner, I have white sand under my feet and I hear the sound of crushing waves in the background every time I fall asleep. That's basically everything I need to have in my life to be the happiest person on this whole planet. And maybe good food, which I definitely get here in huge amounts everyday. Literally everything here tasted like heaven also far (especially the tropical fruit) and was super duper fresh! I can't wait to explore this beautiful island and to see more of Sri Lanka's culture and wildlife. Last week I had my first surf lesson and god damn, I've never felt such a soreness in my entire boy ever before. It's such a sophisticated form of sport and the chance to get injured is very high. So let's just hope I'll be just fine and won't get kissed by any sharks! :D