Enjoying a (still for me) unknown Sri Lanka
14.08.2013 - 24.08.2013 30 °C
Luckily for you, this is a "mini-chapter" as it covers only 10 days of travel. I am happy to write about it though not only for sake of completeness, but also because it really was a good time.
Sri Lanka is a marvellous place, full of culture, stories and interesting places... or so I've heard, as we (me and my beautiful girlfriend Terry) haven't seen any of it! And I am happy this way =) After two times she visited me around the world and I dragged her around temples, hikes, dirty alleys, I promised her I would strictly follow her plan this time - beaches, one after another. There was even a very nice Buddhist temple close to our beach a day, and I was forbidden to visit it... and I was oooook with it! Let's be honest, I've been visiting my good share of temples in the last 8 months, it was time now to step down a gear or two and start relaxing a bit, before coming home.
And so relax it was! We started close to the capital Colombo at the beach of Mt. Lavinia, where we struggled for the first time with the strong currents of the Indian ocean. But it was definitely enjoyable - good weather, good grilled fish, lots of people with their kites at sunset. I even found again a Buddhist bracelet I lost between the waves and that I cared I lot for, and that really looked like fate/karma or something! What a happy start! We then moved on to Bentota, where the "forbidden (for me) temple" was and where an infinite and empty beach opened up after a short free ride with a boat from the pier of our hotel. There, we enjoyed one of the best activities ever: drinking a cold beer at sunset still is one of my favorite things to do. However, the very wise and experiences traveler jack was able to get completely sunburned the day after - good job! Luckily for me this beauty got a beautiful tan and still stayed by my side even if I am skinnier than usual (I lost 4kg up to now) and red as a lobster:
Next stop was Umawatuma, a bay that had finally some calmer waters, nice bars and restaurant on the beach. Honestly we did not do anything besides having a good time at the beach... but I guess that is enough, right?
Finally we reached the final destination, that more than a beach was a "beach resort", a centre for ayurvedic treatments in which Terry's mom was staying and that cordially invited us for a 4-days cleansing and re-energizing of our body. It worked like a charm =P A daily routine of acupuncture, 4-hands oil massage, herbal treatments and strict vegetarian diet according to some personal characteristics did a better work than any pill or western treatment could have ever done. Additionally, the setting up these cliffs, with yoga at sunset, birds in the morning and pleasant paths in the nature were absolutely charming. Ahhh, wasn't that what we really needed? For sure, I did.
After another ride on the Sri Lankan railway, we got back to Colombo, to enjoy a final gift from Terry: a night in the luxurious Hilton Hotel. Am I being spoiled a bit lately? YES, and I am totally enjoying it =P Ocean view room, sushi restaurant in-house, buffet for breakfast...oh well, how could I say no to that?
Finally, the cherry on top - family reunion. My beautiful cousins recently moved to Sri Lanka, and we got a day to spend together at the beach and at their new place. What a pleasant and funny day! Even if Sri Lanka is a marvelous place as I said, and everything I cited above (or all that I did not visit yet) are a reason why I would like to come back, these people are absolutely the reason why I will try to be back as soon as possible! I wish them for the moment a lot of cool adventures and beautiful moments!
And now, I am heading back to Mumbai a last two days of Indian "intense life". And then, home. I get shivers only thinking about it, I missed it a lot. When back in my room I will write the final chapter of this blog, with a lot more about what I have been feeling during this months instead of what I have been doing. I still have no idea how I will react once back... I guess it's going to be interesting! I hope I'll see you all soon
But for the time being... let's travel just a bit more, till the end!!! =)
Cheers to you all from Mumbai,