Friday, November 6, 2009

Sri Lanka

With exams for the first period finished and a few days to spare before the second period kicks off, I joined a small group to travel to Sri Lanka for the 'long weekend'. Some were prior travel mates, some new. Even after 2 months and a handful of trips, I'm still getting to know people.
Such a shame to spend only a few days in this place - but I suppose it is better than not seeing it at all. Sri Lanka is absolutely amazing. Rich with culture and history, there is something for everyone. We saw 2000 year old temples, tea plantations, rescued elephants, wild monkeys. We went for a hike and went to the beach. We also went to an orphanage/school for victims of the tsunami and dropped off some school supplies. This last bit is something that I think I will do more regularly on my holidays.
Because the war ended just a short while ago, it was a fantastic time to go. Great infrastructure (hotels) at a reasonable price. Service was outstanding. Nobody got sick. What else could you ask for! A few pictures maybe?
the beach near colombo
rescued elephantsawesome temple.
Sigiriya (ancient rock fortress and palace ruin) cultural show
fire walkers!
outside the temple that holds Buddha's tooth (in a cool city called Kandy)
School kids.

The rest are on flickr (, if you're interested in seeing more. I highly recommend Sri Lanka as a destination.


Blogger Emma said...

Ignorant, yes, but, um, elephants rescued from what, exactly?

December 18, 2009 at 10:11:00 AM MST  
Blogger tori said...

some of the elephants were orphaned after their parents were killed. others were injured by hunters who were after their tusks. in either case, they didnt look like they needed to be protected from much - these animals are freakin huge!

December 20, 2009 at 3:10:00 AM MST  

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