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

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