16 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka - Getting Lost In Travel by nfiamingo

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What an amazing way to flow - that is with the feel of the wind and the sound of the waves! If you can truly embrace the present moment and clear your mind of all other distractions, it is a freeing and clarifying experience.

I actually recall a moment where I wasn't sure if I was even listening to Gina's guidance or doing my own thing - I was so in the moment.

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We wanted to return to Shawn’s to grab some of his homemade spices and another cup of his freshly ground tea.

He greeted us, provided a cup of tea, assembled his fresh tea and provided us presents - bananas and his handmade coconut spoons.

Adorable! I love when people are truly traditional and welcome people to their homes with their own historical methods of greeting.

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I am not sure that we understand how the bus systems of Sri Lanka work- OR the bus drivers like to play games with tourist. Either way, we got a bit frustrated when the bus drivers would tell us that we should enter and that they will stop at our requested destination and then refuse to stop - and yes, we were pushing the button on the ceiling to request a stop.

Oh well- adventures to always remember, right?

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After our day's journey, I had the opportunity to just hang out at the Surf Camp and enjoy some chill time in the hammock!

I was so proud of myself. Even just 6 months ago, I would have never allowed myself this time. I may have sat in the hammock, but my mind would have been racing with lies - "your lazy" "your not worthy of this downtime" "you have too much to do right now to just sit here".

I have grown so much in the past year, that I can now sit here in this hammock and allow myself peace and silence and rejuvenate during this downtime.

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This was one of my favorite meals in Sri Lanka.

The menu included: Basmati rice. Dahl. Okra Curry. Coconut Salad. Beet Curry. Pumpkin Curry. Salad.

Oh and did I mention, the power was out at Sion Surf Camp...again.

Honestly, though, I actually enjoyed that the power was out and that we sat together, under candlelight to enjoy a communal meal together.

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This evening almost everyone dropped like flies and went to their rooms around 8:30 pm - I just can’t eat three full plates of Sri Lankan food and then head to bed- it just not possible. Nor is it possible to put this amazing food in front of me and expect me to eat light so that I might go to bed early...nope, not happening.

A couple of us did stay in the bar area and just hung out for a couple hours- nothing fancy, we actually called it a night around 11:00 pm.