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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~Yogi Berra

Walking the tracks at Ella Junction

Walking the tracks in Ella, Sri Lanka

We visited Sri Lanka in 2010, just after the decades long civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the government ended.

Being there at that specific time was truly an adventure, and traveler’s dream.

As we explored the country, we saw few other tourists, but plenty of military checkpoints (that we were quickly waived through), and soldiers with rifles stationed all over the country.

We were quite safe though, and after years of conflict, and an almost total absence of tourists, Sri Lankans threw open the doors of their country, and enthusiastically greeted any foreigners traveling there. People were optimistic, almost anxious to interact with us – not to get our tourist dollars – but simply to converse and connect.

It was a transient moment. One I’m grateful to have experienced.

High up in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, we found a train station that seemed stopped in Edwardian times. There were no digital displays or fancy schedules – just a man, a desk, a hand drawn map and some paper train tickets.

I wonder if it’s changed since then?

Have you visited Sri Lanka recently? What was your experience like?

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  1. What a crazy travel experience. I’ve never been to Sri Lanka but I’m dying to go!

    September 6, 2014
    • It was really amazing! and I’ve never experienced that kind of openness from the locals (without them trying to get money from us) since. Unfortunately, it was a fleeting thing I think, and now the whole “tourism” industry, with all its goods and bads is more developed. I’d still love to go back though. I had some of the best food of my travels there! Yum!!!

      September 7, 2014
  2. Sha #

    Oh yes, I’ve been eyeing sri lanka for their beaches. …another place that I’m still waiting to go to…haha…:)

    September 6, 2014
    • Heh heh… well, Sri Lanka is amazing, but I have to say, not for its beaches. I also thought the beaches there would be great, but the waves are so big in most places, you can’t really swim or go in the water. 🙁 The only place we were actually able to was Unawatuna, which I loved (but there are still much more beautiful beaches in Thailand or Malaysia). If you kite surf though, I think it can be great there!!

      September 7, 2014
      • Sha #

        Oh really?? I keep hearing stories though which was why I had wanted to visit their beaches…but hmm, you’ve given me another thought…oh well, I go where the fare sales are…may just end up there one day…but yes, I do agree that there are also awesome beaches elsewhere….hahaha…:)

        September 7, 2014
  3. I very much love the sepia-toned images! Very adventurous looking 🙂

    September 6, 2014
    • Hi Mara. Thanks a lot! The sepia tones really seemed to suit that “stopped in time” train station. 🙂

      September 7, 2014
  4. I’ve never been and can’t say it is on my bucket list. I guess it is a little too ‘adventuresome’ for me. Nice photos and love the tones. 🙂

    September 6, 2014
    • Thanks Judy! Lol…well, not every place appeals to every single person. I actually ended up there because a Sri Lankan friend’s parents were moving there from Canada. It hadn’t really been on my radar before then…. wasn’t really sure what to expect, but in the end, I was really glad I went. 🙂

      September 7, 2014
  5. What an experience! That is something unforgettable! Nice photos 🙂

    September 7, 2014
    • It really was unforgettable. I’d really like to go back to see how it’s changed…and also to eat this amazing calamari curry in Unawatuna that I REALLY can’t forget about! 😉

      September 7, 2014
  6. Never been there but I enjoyed your photos and story.


    September 7, 2014
    • Thanks Janet! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. We had a great time in Sri Lanka! 😀

      September 7, 2014
  7. somehow I’m guessing a trip there today might be a different experience! Lovely post.

    September 8, 2014
    • Thanks Tina. 🙂 Yes, I think so too. I’ve read a few blogs where people talk about being hassled a lot in Sri Lanka, and that NEVER happened to us back then. It’s a shame that this always happens when tourism develops in a country.

      September 8, 2014

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