It is the 22nd of January and we are sitting on our balcony and watching the very first rainfall of the year. Listening to the raindrops hitting the roof with such power.. feeling the smell of wet jungle.. The sky has been blue and clear and the sun has been shining so so bright every single day, but today it was time for the nature to get some fresh water. And perhaps time for us to stay inside for once, which ain’t an easy thing to do, when there are so many places to explore, people to meet, photographs to shoot, waves to surf, etc etc.
We’re still living on the Secret Beach that I found two days before New Years. In the jungle, but on the beach, and with a lovely local family. A very big family. They are living in 5 different houses around, all connected through small paths in the jungle. They are such good people, doing everything in their way to make us feel at home, and they certainly have succeded. We are getting kilos of rice or noodles with delicious homemade curry for breakfast everyday, but as we like to eat fresh fruits in the morning, we always save it and have both lunch and dinner here on our balcony most days. Oh, it is truly such a unique experience to live with local people, to understand how they are living, cooking and get the essence of life in the country we’re visiting.
The beautiful little secret beach. We are living just a couple of meters up in the jungle from the little shed 🙂
Myself watching the sunset with our little friend Soss, who follows me everywhere!
The wonderful couple that are renting half of their home to us, hiding from the morningsun in the beach shed.
..meanwhile Bryan is doing some stretching..
..before this delicious breakfast on our balcony. The fruits here are so so tasty!
And this is what Piris gives us for ‘breakfast’ every day! I really love the Sri Lankan curry (for lunch/dinner) because it is always a surprise what you get in the bowls!
Our host Piris’ nephew had been cooking fish rice and curry all morning, on the day of Full moon. Just to walk around and share to all animals they could find; dogs, cats, cows, lizzards, monkeys, birds!
Everyone goes to the temple on Fullmoon day, and we got invited to come along with Piris family! I didn’t take too many photos as I wanted to show respect to my local friends in their spiritual moment, listen to what they had to say and leave flowers, incents and coconut oil in different places in the temple. But I will shoot more and describe the ceremony better next fullmoon 😉
So we’ve been spending most of our days here, enjoying the lovely little beach and the beautiful people around. And the ocean. We’re enjoying the ocean many times per day ~ swimming, surfing and snorkelling. I am finally ‘living in my bikini’ again. And our creativity has really blossomed since we came to this paradise ~ we’re not only creating photos and videos these days, but also jewellery, with stones and shells that we’ve found along our way. Most days we’re also wandering through the jungle or along the coast to the neighbour villages and beaches, where we also have beautiful friends. So you might understand why we’re still here ~ we’ve finally found our paradise that we’ve been longing for!
After a little 5 minutes coastal/jungle walk from our beach in Kumbalgama, you get this stunning beach and the village of Midigama!
The traditional fishermans stick. Unfortunately no one is using them until February when the fishes comes closer..
..they are fishing in loads of other ways though!
Our friend Predji in Midigama always have the best coconuts for us – cause he climbs the palmtrees to get them himself!
Our dear friends whom loves chilling out in the jungle!
Midigama’s ‘Coconut Beach’ captured by Bryan when we were snorkelling!
I really love Bryans water shots! Especially this one by sunset in Midigama!
We have good friends in another neighbour village, called Weligama as well! One special friend is Rathu. He offered himself to borrow me a third of his monthly rent when I needed to take a tuktuk to find Bryan in the hospital when he dislocated his shoulder, even if we only just met. It still warms my heart so much. Here he invited us to his home, to meet his family and enjoy another delicious curry!
We obviously want to travel around the country as well, but we feel no stress to move on just yet. Maybe in a week or so.. You never know though, cause that’s what we’ve been saying every week, haha.. But we are really having such a great experience here, in our right element, getting really close with the local people. And our visas are not expiring until the 5th of March.. but we might actually extend it again! We are totally in love with this country!
Well, that’s it for now, cause otherwise this post will take all day long to upload. You see, to finally post this blog, I am currently sitting in the shadow of a palmtree, on the top of a hill, to get 3G on my phone, to (slowly..) share internet to my computer. We have no wifi or even signal on the phones in our cozy home (it’s kind of awesome in one way though) so I couldn’t post it yesterday. And that’ll also be the explanation why I haven’t been so active here in the Internet lately. Well, now you know that we are 100% active here in paradise anyway! I hope you all have had an amazing start of this new, exciting year!
Our host Piris became grandfather for the very first time a couple of weeks ago! He’s so happy and proud, and he brought us with him deep into the jungle to his daughter in laws’ family house.
What a great honour it was, to meet and photograph this 5 days old beauty!
I’ve seriously never been welcomed into so many homes in any country before. And we haven’t even been here that long!
We spent the whole day in their home, and the kids of the family showed us their beloved river, where they have a shower every morning.
..and Bryan got a shower haha!
..and the adults of the family showed us where they get their cinnamon for the curry..
..and the tea plantation just around the corner of their house!
Loads of tea ready to get sent off!