Leaving Lanka

I was never meant to end up in Sri Lanka, and wouldn’t have if not for a series of unusual events. I met a girl, cancelled my flight home to be with her, and when things didn't work out I was left with no ticket back to Australia, and no burning desire to go there … Continue reading Leaving Lanka

Paddling with Pigeons

Everyone loves pigeons. They’re nature’s comedians and very popular with children and the elderly, so when I had a chance to go snorkelling at Pigeon Island, Sri Lanka, I grabbed it with both hands. The opportunity, not an actual pigeon, just to be clear. I jumped on a boat full of happy-faced Asians (you can’t … Continue reading Paddling with Pigeons

Jewel of the Nilaveli

Uppuveli has a great beach,  Trinco city has a crap one, so I figured it's time I checked out the other major beach on the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Nilaveli is about 10km north of where I've been staying, and has a completely different feel. Not as many tourists, a lot more locals, and … Continue reading Jewel of the Nilaveli

The other end of the beach

I've settled into life in Uppuveli, the beachside community just north of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka's east coast. I spend my days lying on the beach, swimming, and reading. Every night, I sit and eat cheap curry and drink cheap arrak while little Hindu fellas yell their heads off and dance around a fire like … Continue reading The other end of the beach

Lion Strong beer is truly awful

Beer isn’t easy to come across in Sri Lanka,so when I found a restaurant near my hotel that sells cans of God’s Golden Nectar (alright, the little fellas run down the street and buy it from some bloke and then race back with it, but it’s the same thing), I thought I was in heaven. … Continue reading Lion Strong beer is truly awful

Sober in Sri Lanka

After a few days scratching around the grimiest backstreets Sri Lanka has to offer, today I finally got to take a refreshing dip in the calm, blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. I’ve set up camp in Trincomalee, a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand fringed by swaying palms. There are certainly worse places … Continue reading Sober in Sri Lanka