It almost felt unreal to step out of the airport and walk into that “wall of heat”, that one always meet when travelling from cold places to the tropics. I instantly felt the strong smell of smoke from some nearby fire of trash, mixed with the hundreds of incense placed in different parts of the airport and its entrance. Welcome to Asia, baby.
We had been desiring to go travelling Costa Rica for years already, but when the time to book the tickets finally came, we both felt an even stronger desire to go to the other side of the world ~ to Sri Lanka! Just typical us, plans never really work out, haha! Our visas was approved within one hour and we booked two oneway-tickets straight away. Damn, I’m so lucky to have found a lover as spontaneous as I am!
After longing for the tropics ever since we left Asia two and a half years ago, you can imagine that our happiness of finally being here is enormous. Once we arrived last Wednesday night we obviously went straight to the closest beach! Mount Lavinia Beach, just south of the capital Colombo. And already on the way from the airport, our hearts melted a bit for the kindness of these Sri Lankan people, when the busdriver (who knew where we were going) stopped the bus in the middle of a busy market and opened his window to ask a tuktuk-driver if he could take us to the beach for an honest price! How nice of him! It is really easy to get ripped off when you first arrive and have no clue about prices or anything, so he really helped us a lot.
So we have now been in this amazing country for one week. We obviously spent the first days on the beach, enjoying the ocean and the sunshine, and the sand between our toes.. ah, how wonderful! But I have to admit that our days on the beach was not really that peaceful. We could not even relax for 5 minutes without getting approached by someone who wanted to sell us something, or simply just beg us for money. I guess it’s the price you have to pay when you’re like the only travellers on the beach of the capital. But we soon got to know some lovely local people and while we hangout with them, the sellers seems to leave us alone. They are also some of the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever met. Our friend Sudarmaya spent his whole day helping us yesterday, with visa extensions, international driver-licence and a hospital appointment and when we thanked him he said: “You are visiting our country, so we need to help you so you can enjoy. That’s the beauty of our people.”
“This is my home. And my home is your home, my sister and brother” he said and gave us both warm hugs the second time we met him.
This lovely local lady, Soma, has been wandering up and down the beach of Mount Lavinia every day for the past 35 years, to sell her pineapples. And according to some local guys on the beach she’s very famous in Sri Lanka after she’d been acting in some Hollywood movie, and not the least for having many men at the same time.
Sri Lankan people are probably some of the happiest people on this planet!
Something that proves how welcoming these people are, is that we, within one week, have gotten invited to both a Sri Lankan home; to a lovely smiling family, and to a typical Sri Lankan party; trance party with loads of colours on the beach! But even if we have made some really good friends here, we have felt really ready to leave the beautiful but oh so chaotic capital since many days already. But we kind of got stuck here.. you know, these kind of things that can happen when you travel; we needed to extend our visa on the embassy before we can leave, and it was Public Holidays on Monday and Tuesday.. And then Bryan got high fever (he’s all good now though) and I had to get a surgery in my foot! I’ll spare you from the disgusting details, let’s just say I’ve been enjoying walking barefoot a little bit too much, ha. But it kind of sucks, cause now, when we fixed our visas and can finally get on the southbound train to a deserted beach where we can surf, and snorkel, and have miles-long beach walks, now, I can not even walk properly, or get my feet wet! The wounded foot is also the foot I stand up on the surfboard with.. Seriously. Why me. Why now. I’ve been longing to surf again every single day for the last years..
So you can say my patience is getting tested these days. I know I have to keep my bandaged foot dry and cool so that the wound heals quick, so that I can enjoy our trip to the fullest! So I am forcing myself to enjoy staying in the shadow and do other beautiful things. Like talking with lovely people, eating delicious food (Sri Lankan food is something really special!) and getting some work done.. Right now we’re sitting in the lovely garden behind our guesthouse, sipping on some yummy Sri lankan coffee, and I am letting some creativity flow in words instead of photographs for a change.
I hope you all wanna follow along our journey! I will update this blog as often as I find inspiration to write, but I’ll most likely be more active on Instagram and Facebook, follow the links on the bottom of this page! I wish you all a lovely weekend and please check back soon for some more colourful photos from Sri Lanka!
Us right now. How lovely is this garden?
The beach of Mount Lavinia
These happy kids are playing in the ocean all days long!
The skyline of Colombo in the end of the beach. I shot this long exposure to capture the smoke that surrounds the city every day..
The chaotic Pettah Markets in the middle of the city.
These two guys practiced their balance on the city river, just two minutes away from the busy markets.
I just had to update with this photo from tonight’s magical sunset in Mount Lavinia! We were there to say goodbye to our friends and the sky was really on fire!