Pottuvil / Sri Lanka · 2015   tree temple

  

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   Especially coming in from nearby Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka felt like a soberer, stiller India, even though it was so much more concentrated, size-wise. Similar colors, similar lives, but a little less randomness and scatter-stuff. It was like a slow detox, sipping on the light version of the same juice. Excellent juice, made from ocean and tea and sari-colors.

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a glimpse

 
glimpse: TRAIN TRACK TREK TALES | Leading past ocean horizons, snuggly tea-valleys, and neon rice, Sri Lanka’s train journeys are de facto destinations, at least for tourists. But the train tracks carry more stories to those who listen: plots of struggles, resilience, and fortitude, plots of the people, of the people who travel the rails by foot, who live the rails.



 

Elephant with one tusk in Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka

 
glimpse: THE LAST TUSK |

Just one more, we said. One more can’t hurt. Let’s take that one.

Just one more, we said, again and again.

Until one day, there was just one more.




 

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Sri Lanka · 2015   train worm



 

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Ella / Sri Lanka · 2015   a most lovable bridge



 

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Little Adam's Peak, Ella / Sri Lanka · 2015   green neck



 

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Kandy / Sri Lanka · 2015   fountain heart



 

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Oh, sweet salt water. To play in you, to be in you. 
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 Trincomalee / Sri Lanka · 2015   green coast

Off to see sharks and get a sunburn. 
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Nilaveli / Sri Lanka · 2015   looking forward

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places / stories

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Arugam Bay / Not That Serious

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Arugam Bay / Sri Lanka · 2015   strolling



 

Arugam Bay was a little too cozy, too surfy, too soft and sweet, to be taken completely seriously, but I made some vacationer friends who were less bland than many of the backpackers I've met. 



 

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Arugam Bay / Sri Lanka · 2015   no worry



 

 
Arugam Bay / Sri Lanka · 2015   bay for a day



 

Next door Pottuvil looked like it had never seen a tourist. If Arugam was a bubble, Pottuvil was whatever is left when a bubble bursts – free molecules, flying and falling and dancing.



 

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Pottuvil / Sri Lanka · 2015   beach religion



 

One day we did a little trip to the Kudumbigala rock monastery and these monks sure knew where to put their workplace. Those views.



 

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Kudumbigala / Sri Lanka · 2015   Vikki



 

 
Kudumbigala / Sri Lanka · 2015   Elle



 

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Kudumbigala / Sri Lanka · 2015   top of the rock



 

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Kudumbigala / Sri Lanka · 2015   stony tongue



 

On the way back, we saw a giant, but I already told you that little story here.



 

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Sigiriya & Minneriya / Safari Ethics 

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Sigiriya / Sri Lanka · 2015   top rock



 

That one was another penniless year for me, so we snuck into Sigiriya. Not all the way up the fat rock. Just a little, past the fence and close enough to get a sense for its dimensions. 



 

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Minneriya / Sri Lanka · 2015   convoy



 

 
Minneriya / Sri Lanka · 2015   only child



 

The interaction, or rather non-interaction, between jeeps and elephants at the world's largest Asian elephant gathering at Minneriya National Park was respectful unless it wasn't. Some drivers stopped just a little short of those elephant toes and the mothers would start shielding their clumsy offspring. A common argument is that tourism helps conservation, but it's probably not a good sign if the only thing that keeps us from annexing every last non-human habitat is a bit of petty cash.




 

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Minneriya / Sri Lanka · 2015   line-ups



 

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Hikkaduwa / Smiles

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Hikkaduwa / Sri Lanka · 2015   beach bliss



 

Hikkaduwa was a popular beach haven, discovered by the hippies and exploited by those who followed. I got the chance to visit an orphanage my dad's nonprofit was affiliated with at the time, and they received me like an inspector I wasn't. Everything was neat and clean, and some smiles were put on, but it was clear that it wasn't all smiles.



 

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Hikkaduwa / Sri Lanka · 2015   smiley



 

 
Hikkaduwa / Sri Lanka · 2015   order in the zoo



 

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South Coast / Hopping

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Tangalle / Sri Lanka · 2015   in the shop



 

 
Tangalle / Sri Lanka · 2015   fishing armada



 

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Tangalle / Sri Lanka · 2015   fisherman hut



 

With all its little town truffles, the South Coast had me quite the hopper. Pre-industrial fishing, temple islets, old town colors, it all sat well with me. 




 

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Weligama / Sri Lanka · 2015   palmy drop



 

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Galle / Sri Lanka · 2015   cozy cobble



 

 
Matara / Sri Lanka · 2015   opportune temple



 

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Sri Lanka · 2015   ocean train



 

My journey started and ended in Colombo, but I was too busy arriving and departing to take pictures.

 

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