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Today’s excursion was to the beach / surf town of Hikkaduwa. Hettie and her friend Conrad had plans to go to Hikkaduwa for the day and I opted to go with them. The ride was incredible: long roads with palm… Continue Reading →

The Gratiaen Prize

Creon’s uncles are Michael Ondaatje, the author of The English Patient, and Christopher Ondaatje, the philanthropist and author. The book Running in the Family is about Creon’s family and what it was like for Michael to come back to Sri… Continue Reading →

Sri Lanka’s National Museum, Colombo

The National Museum is Sri Lanka’s oldest museum and has been open to the public since 1877. There is quite a lot here: art, antiques, Buddhist and Hindu bronzes, stone statues, paintings and frescoes, ceramics, antique furniture, masks, and royal… Continue Reading →

Last Day in Wasgamuwa Park

It was our last day in the park. The night was relatively uneventful though monkeys were busy jumping in the trees above us and at one point surprised the group sleeping by the fire by jumping on them once or… Continue Reading →

Old Forest

At dawn I could hear the monkeys calling their territory. It was amazing to hear them calling while the rest of the jungle was silent. As the sun rose I washed the dishes and my clothes under the waterfall. I… Continue Reading →

Herds of Elephants

When we got to town we were all thirsty and hot. We had wood apple pop, checked out the axle on the jeep, bought some fruit, and headed towards the old camp site. It was a pleasant ride full of… Continue Reading →

The Elephant Bum

Creon, Puny and I were selected to go into town to get some fresh fruit. We also opted to get the gear we left at the other camp site on our way back. Our silent guide went with us. I… Continue Reading →

Hill Country

After lunch we got back into the Jeep and climbed to the top of the hill country. The view was amazing and I’m thankful for all the extra film I picked up in Kandy. There was so much to see… Continue Reading →

Wasgamuwa Park

Once you are in Wasgamuwa Park you need a guide to show you around; I likened the experience to original settlers needing an Indian guide in North America because this person knows all the routes through the park and behaviour… Continue Reading →

The Road to Kandy

The roads are crazy in Sri Lanka, just like in India. And, the drivers are just as insane; there’s lots of passing on blind corners and dramatic speeding up / slowing down. We took many tight turns over sheer cliff… Continue Reading →


We stopped in Kandy to stretch our legs and it gave me the opportunity to wander around a bit. Kandy is a spiritual place to the Sinhalese. It is the home of Buddha’s sacred tooth, a tooth that was purportedly… Continue Reading →


Leaving India and arriving in Sri Lanka was like leaving hell and entering paradise. The first thing I noticed upon leaving the airport was the sound of everything slowing down. People are mellow and relaxed in Colombo. Cab and tuk-tuk… Continue Reading →

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