So much to see in Sri Lanka

 

There is so much to see in Sri Lanka….If only I could attach the photos…that will have to happen when we are back in LA after Aug 16……….At least we have internet and electricity and tonight hot water, but the photos we will add later.

A few highlights:
 
COLUMBO:
At the Famous Galle Face Hotel we saw part of a Wednesday afternoon wedding out on the lawn. It was beautiful after the bride and groom shared cake, he fed some to his in-laws!!
We also stopped at the Gangaramaya Temple and there was a resident elephant! There really are elephants around every corner here!

GALLE: At Day 5 of the India vs. Sri Lanka test match, we saw Maruli get his 800th test wicket. It was his last day of his 18 year career; we were there as was the president (of Sri Lanka). We also had our 15 seconds of fame: we were interviewed by National Television. I said, “it is great to be here and see the Koby Bryant of Cricket on his last day!”

UNAWATUNA BEACH:
This beautiful beach was a great spot to hang out with several of our travel friends. We were with Olivier, Delphine and Mahout in five areas of Sri Lanka. It was sad to say good-bye hopefully we will see them in France or another travel spot!

TANGALLA: My favorite beach of the trip, recommended by Sam and JP who were also met up with in five spots–JP and I both had leech bites on our Ella Rock hike and we all saw sharks on our Pigeon Island snorkel! We did two days of Kayak safari and saw monitor lizards, monkeys and lots of birds! Cant wait to share the PHOTOS!


UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK: By far my favorite of the three we went to! We hung out for nearly an hour with a herd of 15 elephants. Only one member of the herd mock charged and we got to watch the babies! We also saw a crocodile eat a fish!

SRI PADA (ADAM’S PEAK): Our journey to Sri Pada was ten hours on five buses! What a pilgrimage and that did not include the change in elevation or the nearly five thousand steps up the next day! OH MY! It is gorgeous there during the day (most people climb at 2am to be there for sunrise) and we saw lakes, waterfalls, Dagobas, monks and more! Again the photos will come!!

I can hardly believe our time in Sri Lanka ends TOMORROW!!!!!!!!! We fly tomorrow Aug 3 to the Maldives. We hope to post our photos and George’s new single written and recorded with Brett in Arugun Bay: THE TUK TUK BLUES as soon as we can.

Hope all your adventures are good ones. Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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