|Me and my friend on our first adventure bus ride. Traversing from Colombo to Kandy, we were standing almost the entire|
trip for three hours. The man behind us was kind enough to inform us of this bus going straight to Kandy.
It all started with a postcard, when my friend, who was doing volunteer work in Sri Lanka last year til the end of March this year sent me a postcard. Three tea pickers smiled back at me with lush mountains covered with tea plants as their backdrop. Things my friend said in the letter like "for a relatively small country, there's a lot to see" got me excited. And a few months after that, I booked flights to Sri Lanka. My friend, Fara, who's traveling is a part of her MA thesis decided to go also.
I must say, we found serendipity in Sri Lanka. In a lot of ways, we were serendipitous with the place, the people, the customs, and the general experiences we've had as our journey unfolded. Truly, it was a country with so many to offer for a lesser time.
|A bath with Rani. Pinnawala. Our mahout was communicating with Rani using signals with his stick that we didn't understand. The next thing|
we knew, water was splashed at us to Rani's heart's content.
|Evil masks for good. One of the performers at a traditional show in Kandy wearing an evil mask. Contrary to what you would think, this evil mask is used for driving out bad luck.|
|World's End. Thousands of feet below, this is the first view deck of the mountain they call World's End. Trekking the grasslands and mountains of 5 kms to reach here was literally breathtaking.|
|Tea farmer. Early morning in Laboukelle, Nuwara Eliya, a farmer picks tea leaves ready for the long process of making dried tea leaves.|
|Hello Colombo. Our last stop, we arrived by train at about 5 am.|
|In trance. Wandering the ruins of Polonnaruwa left us in trance, and in an amazing discovery that unfolded slowly. There were some things we didn't understand, and that was an essential part of it I guess as spectators.|
|Serenity. Standing on a castle built at the top of a rock that's 200 meters above ground was worth the long walk and trek. The sun became tolerable at the top as the wind was really fresh and you could see how vast their forest is.|
|Sleeping Buddha. A one of a kind, our reason why we changed our plans and went here in Polonnaruwa. Looking at this colossal statue with it's blissful face was contagious, a worthy effort to walk kilometers in rain and mud.|
I will tell the details of each town we visited soon. :)