🇬🇧_ ISLAND IN THE SUN _🇱🇰 After a little period of resettling into back into London life, my poor passport wasn't handling it well, so it needed an outing. My Iran visa was still valid, but with Iranian correctional facilities becoming something of a tourist attraction at the time, it just didn't seem a wise time to go. A good friend was going to Sri Lanka, and asked if I wanted to join, and I didn't take much persuasion.
What a stunning country! It is still recovering from what was often referred to as "the problem" in April, but not once did we feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Quite the opposite. Almost without fail, people would say hello, and ask "Where you from". Answering "New Zealand" would, also without fail, bring a reply of "Ah, All Blacks! Very good team" or "Ah, Black Caps! Very good team!". It was easy enough to get around on local busses and trains, and super cheap. Catching them seemed to be ⅛ art, ⅛ science, and ¾ luck, but we seemed to have a lot of luck, as we didn't really have a problem. The local road rules seem to be pretty loose. Overtaking into oncoming traffic isn't too much of a problem, as long as there is plenty of horn administered, everyone manages to make enough room to get out of the way in time.
Local wildlife is very abundant. We were lucky enough to see mosquitos, attack-cockroaches the size of my thumb, leeches (sadly, only from a distance), giant fruit bats, dogs, and the odd snake thrown in for good measure. There was also a few elephants, water buffalo, crocodiles, a mongoose, deer, storks, peacocks, monkeys, and jackals.
It has been 10 days of amazing beaches, fantastic food, and super friendly people. Of course #instalife isn't real, and there was a bit of rain, a lot of sunburn, and a few minor frustrations, but overall, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit this wonderful country. I can't recommend it enough, and would happily come back again (next time, maybe on a motorbike)
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