Sri Lanka [the Land of 35°C]

I already submitted the wordy report of Sri Lanka. This time, it is the image-filled post. I try to limit the number of pictures, but well, Sri Lanka is a beautiful place and the difference in culture means there is a lot of photos to take.

First, the food post.SAM_6064W

Apparently, we have more delicious version of these in Singapore (what you see below)SAM_6067W

We took a long and tiring ride out immediately to the Elephant Adoption Centre. Here is a photo of the streets of the rural side of the country.

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Like the tour guide,  I disagree with the adoption centre. These elephants should be released to the wild.SAM_6109W SAM_6105W SAM_6101e1W SAM_6087W

 

Next up is the first of the two perilous climbs I have to do in Sri Lanka… if I thought I could handle climbing steps… I APOLOGISE FOR IT! This is difficult but do-able… The climb is from the side of this Golden Temple all the way to the back.

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We had a rest half way before continuing our way up to the top where we remove our shoes and socks and step into the area where the caves are… to see buddhas.

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 Next, we head to the next hotel and took a rest while we glimpse at the goal for the next day. Oh, and the sigh below belongs to the first hotel, but since it is related, I shall post here.

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 And then if I thought the way up earlier was scary, it was nothing compared to this….. You literally feel like you are walking on air after you pass through the tunnel here..

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‘And we went up to see…. paintings of ehhh.. nak** women…. If you see more than 2 eyes or extra hands or etc, it is because of the change of mind of the artist after they had started painting.SAM_6272W

‘And then this is the last stage You climb up the lion rock to see the scenery from there and the scattered trees on top of the bald lion. 

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Essentially the goal was to go up the lion head. From afar, this is this:SAM_6241W

Just posting a few more photos of things I might or might not have missed on the way up.

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I find the motive of the two climbs a little…. the first climb (dangerous but not as dangerous) to see buddhas. The second (super dangerous) climb to see………….. ok. I think you get what I mean.

Below are the pictures of the tooth relic temple.. this is where I totally lost my temple. I learnt a new thing about myself.

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The next day brings us to the forgotten batik factory. The below are the ingredients used. SAM_6361W

 These are the progress of the painting. You have to hide the spaces u wanted to avoid colouring first with wax and slowly slowly add a new lay of colour and see the colour transform. In other words, the colour you see at the left most will be a totally different colour at the end of the day.SAM_6363W

 The patience needed for such work is VERY VERY EXHAUSTING.SAM_6365W

Then we get a view of the city from the hill top and out to another place!!

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Trees and shrubberies in the next few days as we see the botanical gardens and the tea plantations.SAM_6370W

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On our last day, we relax at the beach resort.

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It is there that we met the official tour guide in the resort, who brought us to the lagoon and showed us beautiful sights. I was afraid of the camera getting into the water so I don’t think I took a lot of photos.

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Here I just wanna say we went to the beach to catch the sunrise but ended up was in the wrong direction to catch it… Well, the lagoon is not bad for a rising sun photo, right?SAM_6396W SAM_6400W

 After that, we took a tour of the city, visited a couple of churches and then ended our tour.

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Afterwords:

Because I have returned from London, and no one knew where I was going, and the guesses were pretty wild. My colleague said that I and my friends are interesting, and I asked, “why?” and she said that to go from Sri Lanka to London is pretty…..

Well, I can only say one thing: I don’t think that travelling to different countries is a very out of the norm thing. I think many people make it into their bucket list to visit as many countries as they can… and while there may be people who prefer “atas” places, I had decided for myself at a very young age that I wanted to see the best and the worst of the world. We live in a protected country, I explained to her, even though we aren’t the best, we aren’t the worst either. If you don’t see the rest of the world, you will only remain a protected fool who thinks you have the rights to everything.

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