Adventure Continues

 

Sri Lanka has really been full of adventures!
When we were in Sigiria at the Flower Inn, the owner said, ” Don’t wander far because of the wild elephants!” In all the countries and continents I have been to, this is the first time I have been told that…the elephants walk on the road and there have been several encounters that ended badly for the people!
In Nilaveli,the beach near Trinco in the North, we wandered at night past the barbed wire and soldiers but it was the scary dogs I got worried about, they growled at us and all I could think was PLEASE DONT BITE ME! I could not wait to get back near the friendly soldiers!
Although the people of Sri Lanka have been unbelieveable friendly, being on the beach walking through barbed wire was strange. We met large groups of travelers from Kandy and other parts of Sri Lanka, who were so happy to be able to be in the North now that the civil war is over and traveling is allowed. On the bus, I thought of the circus clown car but instead of all the people getting out, they all got in at every stop. When we joined the bus, we had two hours to stand and it seemed full to me but who knew that there was room for about 20 more people. You just have to SMOOSH as much as possible!
We joined another couple and spent a day on Pigeon Island. A local family took us there in their boat and we snorkeled several times. We did see neon yellow mushroom coral and two black tip reef sharks, however, much of the coral has been damaged by a combination of dynamite fishing, the navy and the 2004 tsunami. In the North, it is difficult to tell if the destruction of buildings is from the 25 year civil war or the tsunami. Our hotel, Shashira, had one side that was destroyed. They are working hard to rebuild and tourism is returning.
Passing back through Kandy, we had a chance to go to the Pinewalla Elephant Orphanage. I will have to post the photos…it did look like an African savannah. I am not sure it is the best place for the elephants but it is the top tourist attraction of Sri Lanka. 
Our next stop was the HILL COUNTRY: Nuwara Eliya and Ella for beautiful hikes in the tea plantations, after that ARUGAN BAY in the East, another area hit hard by the civil war and the tsunami but we saw them sealing the main road and painting new hotels. We did not surf but we saw many amazing surfers in the water. The Kataragama Pilgrimage festival was amazing. Can’t wait to tell you all about YMBA and the parade where elephants and dancers take “god to visit his girlfriend!” and our trip to Bundalla and Yala to see wild elephants….MORE SOON
I am writing to you from Columbo where we got our new visas so we can stay another two weeks. Just wanted to say HELLO! We will post more stories SOON.
Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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