After more than 3 weeks and over 2000 kilometers on the road with our little scooter ‘Rodeo’, we have now returned to our paradise down south, rich of memories and great happiness. Out of all the interesting places we’ve explored around the island, this is really the best spot, for us. But we are so amazed by this country, with its everchanging landscapes, climate, seasons and people. Birds road from the most southern point to the most northern tip is only 416 km. If I drive 416 km south of my hometown in Sweden nothing really changes – but over here, a whole world of different, mindblowing shapes of earth, and millions of humans with different religions, languages and beliefs, fits into such a small island. Located close to the equator, and with such a huge and empty ocean in front of it, it seems made out of magic.
Sigiriya, the ‘Lion Rock’ is an ancient rock fortress who stands so magnificent in the middle of all this flatland.
Since my last update, we visited two out of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya, and then the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, a city full of ancient temples and ruins. It was very interesting, but the weather was not really on our side, and the vibes was really different from other places we’ve visited. Our happy smiles was not returned many times, if I say so..
We found a beautiful little dog family in the ruins of the Royal Palace!
..and yet some other locals who wanted a selfie with Bryan, haha!
Meditating in an ancient stupa..
We left Anuradhapura and took the long road up to Jaffna, the very top of Sri Lanka. Through huge empty fields that kind of made us feel like we were in the middle of a savanna, past several massive military bases, with armed guardians. We started seeing a lot of big machine guns around. Sometimes there was also armed policemen standing in the petrol stations. Kind of scary to me. Guns doesn’t really excist in my little world, but that is probably the reason that I was meant to go to Jaffna. To get an awakening. To understand deeper what is really going on in the world. I’ve never ever seen the traces of war so close up before. Pretty much every house had bullet holes on the walls. There were ruins of bombed churches and temples around each and every corner..
So very sad and frustrating to see this! I’m even more sad for the fact that the people have to live with these sights, reminders of the war, every single day!
I really love when the nature takes over old buildings though!
and there was still some beautiful buildings, and the sun started shining just before we left!
Tamil people certainly has very artistic genes! Their Kovils were so beautiful. And everyone who saw my camera wanted a picture of themselves!
..and these guys stopped us on the road cause they wanted a photo with us, haha!
The landscape around Jaffna was very flat. Loads of empty, destroyed fields, big shallow lagoons and abandoned houses. There were also massive amounts of crows. It all had a little bit creepy feeling to it. But the people, they were still smiling, most of them. We met some really kind humans, who also explained the war in detail to us. It was terrible, but it was interesting to know what happened in this place, who was isolated from the rest of the world for the 30 years of war. Our friend Robert said; “We’ve been dead, but now we are reborn”. He’s Tamil. Tamil people are an ethnic group of people who is populated mainly in Sri Lanka and India, but also many other places around the world.
According to Robert, the war started because the Tamil people wanted equality. You see, the Sri Lankan government had made many laws in disadvantage for Tamils. For example, a Sri Lankan person needs only 60% grades to get into university, while a Tamil person needs 80%. Say what!? And actually, altough the war is over, the laws are still the same. So he said there’s still a cold war going on. Between Tamils and the Sri Lankan government, not Sri Lankan people, he pointed out. Really sad. It was obviously a very sad feeling over Jaffna, but also some joy, by seeing people smiling despite everything that happened, and the rebuilding of the city.
After three nights in Jaffna we decided to head back to our paradise down south. We had been on the road for more than three weeks, experienced so much, and with the season changing, temperature’s rising every day, so we felt that it was time to go back to the beach and surf. It was just quite a long way to go with our little scooter, haha! But we drove down the winding roads, around 200 kilometers per day, and arrived down in the very south three days later. We got a warm welcome by our dear friends here, and by mother ocean who provided super waves for us to get right back on the surfboard.
So this is how we’ve been travelling! With just our cameras, guitar and a couple of clothes each, with no plans or bookings, just following our hearts and impulses. I am so happy that Bryan convinced me to go “easy-riding”, it is a whole new way of travelling to me, but oh so fantastic way of travelling! So much freedom, so many possibilities, when you travel so light. I can’t wait to go easy ridin again one day soon!
And to end with, this is what we’ve looked like on the road, haha!