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2012 in Review

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WordPress does an interesting job of compiling mundane facts about blogs on their service. I thought I would share this with my readers just so you know you are not alone! I also feel like maybe you would want to see a re-post of some of my favorite photos of the year, so here goes. They are not in any particular order, […]

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Up Close and Personal With Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

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I never thought I would see a blue whale outside of the Smithsonian museum. In fact, I thought they were almost extinct. On January 23, 2012 I saw four pairs of them. Blue Whales were not even on my bucket list. When we started doing research on Sri Lanka we found out that about ten years ago, fisherman,and people living on a […]

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An Albino Turtle in Sri Lanka!

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Have you ever seen an albino turtle? Betcha haven’t. We saw two today in totally different and amazing Sri Lanka. But before I treat you to that vision I’ll fill you in our total day. It was a long fun filled one, so this post will be a bit longer than my last few. In the morning we visited a […]

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Boxing Day Tsunami Photo Museum, Sri Lanka

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On boxing Day in 2004, I think we all remember the incredible destruction caused by a tsunami all over SE Asia. Sri Lanka certainly did not escape the carnage. The country has come back from the destruction. When you remember they have also had a civil war in the last decade, it is very impressive to see the recovery. Not […]

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The Coolest Hawkers I Have Ever Met, Sri Lanka

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Everyone who travels around this coconut runs into hawkers. They try to sell you everything from bongs to plastic models of the Taj Mahal. Many just will not leave a person alone. They follow you down the street putting tubes of tiger balm or fake Rolex watches in your hand. They all know two words in English “good price”. Some […]

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Tea Country in Old Ceylon, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka used to be called called Ceylon, which is synonymous with Tea.  I have actually grown to like tea in the onset of my elder years so I was looking forward to our visit to Nuwara Eliya, which means “city of light”. This city still shows many signs of the colonial influence of England and Scotland. In fact we stayed at […]

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Royal Botanic Garden, Sri Lanka

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The Royal Botanic garden, located in Paradeniya, just outside of Kandy is a magnificent garden and  must see if you find yourself in this part of Sri Lanka. The history of this garden goes back to 1371 when a king with a name too long to type kept court here in Peradeniya. In 1780 it was officially made the royal garden. The kings […]

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Kandy, Sri Lanka. Elephant Orphanage

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Admit it. It is tough to visualize an elephant orphanage.  Visions of elephants in shorts like Oliver Twist asking “please sir may I have another” were short lived in my great expectations, however they were not replaced with anything very clear. Originally set up by the government to care for abandoned or orphaned elephants it has now turned into a […]

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Kandy, Sri Lanka. As Sweet as it Sounds.

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We always enjoy a good walk through a nice botanical garden. The one in Kandy was stunningly beautiful. I thought this picture would be a nice way to start this post even though, as usual, I am ahead of myself. Our trip  to Kandy, pronounced KhanDEE started at dawn at the Colombo Fort Station. Among the many things the British left behind as their […]

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Worlds’s Smallest Buddha

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Our travel style,in case you are a new reader, is to hire a private guide with a comfortable car who is ours for they duration. We do not just show up and say “whatcha got.” We do our own research with every book we can find, and do not forget my wife is a university librarian. We also peruse all […]

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