"Travel is like love, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end." Pico Iyer
I like to do a ton of traveling. I am a gypsy at heart. My mum used to call me a gypsy all the time, especially because of my constantly messy hair, and my tomboyish tendency to wear crazy looking leggings and sneakers everywhere. (I'd rather receive a book than comments on my comfy fashion decisions mum, thanks).
Living abroad and traveling is definitely my thing, my meditation, my inspiration. When I'm traveling I love myself more, and the part of me which is usually lost in thoughts and emotions is quiet. Or happy. And in these glorious, rare moments of bliss I feel so much love and gratitude.
I think falling for a place can be very much like love at first sight. The ambience, the people, the food almost intoxicating and at an instant drawing you in, making you want to return time after time again. I had this feeling when I first time came to Sri Lanka.
I fell in love with this beautiful island also called Ceylon, home to locals with sparse teeth and beautiful smiles, lush rain forests, hippy chick sandy beaches, spicy curries, fascinating Buddhist temples, Jesus statues and eye candy views. Even my favourite rap trés jolie M.I.A was born here.
We spent 4 days in Hikkaduwa a famous surfer point. Hikkaduwa beach is a beautiful wide sandy beach with tall coconut trees bending towards Indian Ocean. We had coconuts every day! We wandered, surfed, met new friends, ate tons of fresh sea food and laughed.
After 4 amazing days in surfers paradise we headed to Kandy to see elephants and explore the Temple of the Tooth which houses a Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha.
The Pinnawala elephant orphanage left me feeling a huge range of emotions, happy, sad and confused all in one. Bathing was absolutely amazing and all animals seemed to enjoy it. Although it was incredible to see these magnificent creatures up close, it was really hard to see them in chains.
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) was a lovely place to visit. Being a public holiday, the temple was bursting with worshippers which created a wonderful atmosphere.