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Tripping down Asia’s Memory Lane: My Top 10

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I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a […]

An outing in Sri Lanka

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An Outing in Sri Lanka Dawn in a rural corner of Galle and the light is soft and milky, the air cool. Across the road, Langur monkeys scrabble through trees. On the lane a solitary cow grazes on the verge. A man wanders into view pulling an empty cart and disappears again. A cyclist wobbles […]

Sri Lanka: Climbing Sigiriya

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“I am the Queen” giggled the middle aged Japanese lady as we stopped for her to sweep past us, borne aloft by her two Sri Lankan guides. We watched with envy as, cool and calm, she ascended the steep metal staircase with her feet making walking motions while several centimetres above the steps. Firmly gripped […]

Sri Lanka: Pigeon Island

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Rain welcomed us. It was as though, all my stress and tiredness was washed away by the rain. From the moment I landed there to the time I came back, I felt peace; within and outside. The beauty was beyond anything I had dreamed about. Sri Lanka was a miracle to me. From its beautiful […]

Survivor, Sri Lanka

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Survivor, Sri Lanka By Paul A. Freitas Have you ever wanted to go somewhere that you have never been but have no idea which destination to choose?  You just point to a place on the map and go right?  This is exactly how I ended up white knuckling the rear door handle of a car in […]

Sri Lanka: The Footprint Atop the Earth

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In 2009, shortly after my seventeenth birthday, I found myself at the top of the world gazing over Eden. I was living in Sri Lanka, and on being asked if I wanted to climb Sri Pada (also known as Adam’s Peak), I was never going to say no. Sri Pada is a mountain with a […]

Sri Lanka: Free to be Me

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A never ending sky. The grey-black clouds speak of a dusk, yet to arrive. The sun is still visible. But this is not the arrogant, scorching sun of noon; it is a gentle, mellow light that paints its surroundings in vibrant hues. Sometimes, you may see a boat, dot the horizon. An infinitesimal entity, gliding […]

Nearly Robbed in Northern Sri Lanka

Last summer during a six week adventure in Sri Lanka, the small tear drop shaped island near India, I stood crushed for hours against George in three different crowded buses on a Friday evening in a near pilgrimage to the Far Northwest. I thought the war was over when we decided to journey on a […]

Muzungu: One who travels around

Article first published as Mzungu: One who travels around on Technorati. In the book, The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World, the three “lost girls” are in Africa and learn the word, Muzungu.  “I learned that [muzungu] originally meant ‘one who travels around,’ referring to the European traders who came in the […]

Elephant Safaris in Sri Lanka

Article first published as Elephant Safaris in Sri Lanka on Technorati. For this teardrop shaped country with a landmass of relatively small size, Sri Lanka boasts diverse flora and fauna over 14 principle national parks and reserves.  Of these locations, the following are worthy to view wildlife: Bundala, Gal Oya, Kaudulla, Minneriya, Sinharaja Forest reserve, Uda Walawe, […]