Hey you all, I hope you’ve had a beautiful holiday time with your loved ones, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!
I’ve taken some holiday time myself, these last weeks. It does not happen very often, as my work is doing what I love, and I’ve always got things to do, but I really needed some time off, to have time to enjoy our trip in between a dozen visits to hospitals. You see, after my foot had finally healed after visiting nurses for cleaning and dressing for like 10 days, we were all good for about 3 days, before Bryan fell from a slippery rock and dislocated his shoulder… So we haven’t had too much freedom to just roam around, haven’t had too many adventures yet, but we’ve had some good times on beautiful beaches anyway, and we’ve met so many amazing human beings!
So, our first destination after Colombo was a little town called Bentota. We decided to stop there on our way down south simply because the name of its beach, ‘Ventura Beach’, excited us. But unfortunatley there was way too many tourist resorts for our taste of travelling there, and we jumped on the train again just two days later.
Ventura Beach. Photo by Bryan with his GoPro Hero 4 🙂
We visited a sea turtle rescue center and met some real beauties!
Next stop was Hikkaduwa, a quite lively little town located along a mileslong beach, packed with a lovely combination of travellers and local surfers. Here I finally had my first surf in years, and wow, that was an amazing feeling! And to my great happiness, my love decided to come surfing with me for the first time! I wish someone would have recorded my smile when we were paddling out together. It was really a dream coming through! And he was learning so fast, he really is good at everything he do. My amazing man.. I can’t wait until he can come surfing with me again!
A sculpture to protect the island from another tsunami
Another dream came through in Hikkaduwa when one of the greatest reggaebands of Sri Lanka had a concert on the beach! We were so happy, dancing in the sand, under the rain to amazing tunes, together with lovely people from all over the world. It was a magical moment! Another magical happening in Hikkaduwa was that one day when we rented bicycles and explored around a bit. We found a Moonstone mine! A very happy moment for stone lovers as we are.
After extending our stay in lovely Hikkaduwa a couple of days, the day before Christmas came and we took the train to Mirissa to celebrate the holidays with friends. Mirissa is another little beachtown in the south, lovely but quite busy. So after Bryan dislocated his shoulder there, we just wanted to find our dream bungalow on an empty beach, far away from the crowds and busy roads.. and guess what? We have now found it. A couple of days before New Years Eve, we moved in to the lovliest little guesthouse, where we have our own ‘kind-of-bungalow’ 5 meters from a secret beach. There is just the sound of the ocean and the jungle around us, and the local family whom we are staying with, are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
Beautiful sunsets in Mirissa
This is where we had our Christmas dinner! There ain’t nothing like Christmas at home, but this was really cozy anyway.
They had really made an effort to create some Christmas atmosphere on the beach <3
We had no idea what we were gonna do for New Years Eve, but I had a picture in my head of a happy bunch of people around a bonfire on the beach. And guess what. Also that dream came through, what a wonderful and relaxing end to such a challenging year! The neighbour family invited us for a Sri Lankan BBQ together with 5 Australian couples, on their rooftop that they’d decorated with fairy lights. And after the dinner we all went down to the beach, made a big bonfire in the sand, and everyone was singing and playing many different kinds of instruments, shooting fireworks and laughing.
We actually celebrated New Years the day before as well, when we got invited to a ‘New Years Festival’ by some very talented young boys. They are all around 10-13 years old but they certainly have found their musical feeling already! They were jamming together with perfect rhythm and totally syncronized, on different homemade drums! They had built the stage themselves, and when the darkness came, they fired up loads of candles and homemade fireworks. Their audience was no one else than us and their families, but they played like if they had a full stadium in front of them. It was the coolest experience in Sri Lanka so far, and such a great end to last year. Now I am gonna stop writing before this post becomes a book haha, I just had so much to tell about the last weeks. So my friends, enjoy the beginning of this new year! Let’s make 2017 full of magic!